Kjersti Lohne

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Lohne was awarded her doctorate in Criminology from the University of Oslo (2015). Her thesis Advocates of Humanity: Human Rights NGOs in International Criminal Justice analyses the cultural meaning of global justice-making through international criminal law, and focuses specifically on the role that human rights NGOs play in the fight against impunity for international crimes. It is based on a multi-sited ethnography including interviews with key players in The Hague (and other places in the Netherlands) and in Uganda as well as Belgium, Norway, Rwanda and the UK. Lohne received His Majesty the King's Gold Medal for this research in 2017 and has a contract with Oxford University Press to publish the work as part of the Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Lohne has held various research positions at the Police University College Oslo (2010), the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, UiO (2011-2015), the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) (2010, 2016), and PluriCourts at the Department of Public and International Law, UiO (2016). She has been a visiting researcher at the Center for International Criminal Justice at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (2013), at the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford (2014), and most recently at iCourts at the University of Copenhagen (2018).

Lohne is a member of the Young Academe of Norway

Research interests

Lohne's primary interest is the role of judicalisation and criminal punishment in the making of global social order, which she is currently approaching through a number of different empirical research fields and projects:

  • International criminal justice
  • The Guatanamo military commissions and the global war on terror
  • Rule of (criminal) law development and "penal aid" to transitional states (postdoctoral research project at IKRS). The project is part of the interdisciplinary research project Nordic Branding at UiO, and the Nordic project Nordic Exceptionalism in International Criminal Justice coordinated by iCourts at the University of Copenhagen.
  • Rights-based approaches to humanitarian action (with Kristin Bergtora Sandvik)

Lohne has also published in international peer-review journals on other research topics, such as privacy and data protection, gender, crime and sexual violence, and drones.


Lohne teaches several courses at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law. She is responsible for 

In 2016 - 2018 Lohne lectures and/or supervises students in the following courses:

Lohne has also taught at the Police University College in Oslo, the Artic University of Norway,  Copenhagen Business School, and Vrije University in Amsterdam.

Fellowships and academic networks

Research grants and project member

  • Scandinavian Rights Revolution (member), 5.6 million SEK from the Swedish Researc Council
  • Nordic Exceptionalism in International Criminal Justice (member), NOS-HS, 402,000 SEK
  • Nordic Branding project - The Politics of Making Nordic Models (member) UiONorden, 12.1 million NOK
  • Individual research and travel grants:
    • Multi-Rights at Guantanamo – the role of NGOs in the Guantanamo military commissions, (individual grant) Center for the Study of Legitimacy of the Judiciary in the Global Order, six months fully-funded individual research grant
    • Royichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund, (Sylff) 2013 & 2014
    • Den norske banks fond for det Juridiske fakultet ved Universitetet i Oslo, 2014
    • Borgermester Edvard Christies legat, 2014
    • Ingmund Kirkeruds legat, 2014
    • Pastor Harald Kallevigs legal, 2014
    • Assessor L. W. Knagenhjelm og fru Knagenhjelms født Rolls legat, 2013
    • Det juridiske fakultets reisefond av 1973, 2011 & 2013
    • Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology Travel Grant, 2011 & 2013


Forthcoming publications

Lohne, K. & D. Sausdal, ‘Theatrics of Transnational Criminal Justice’, Special Issue Editors in Theoretical Criminology, Planned publication Volume 3 2021.  

Lohne, K. ‘Penal power in international politics: an analysis of Nordic penal discourse beyond ius puniendi’ in Jan-Willem van Prooijen, Wolfgang Wagner, Wouter Werner, Barbora Hola, Ronald Kroeze and Linet Durmusoglu, eds., Norm Violations and Punishment in International Politics, Cambridge University Press. Planned publication date 2021

Lohne, K., ‘Non-Governmental Organizations’, in Manfred Nowak, Jane A Hofbauer, Philipp Janig and Cristina Binder, eds, Elgar Encyclopedia of Human Rights, Edward Elgar Publishing. Planned publication date 2021

Lohne, K., ‘The Skewed Nature of International Criminal Justice as Transitional Justice’, in Susanne Karstedt, Chrisje Brants, and Nandor Knust (eds) Making a difference: the impact of transitional justice. Routledge. Planned publication date 2021


Bergsmo, M., Klamberg, M., Lohne, K., & C. B. Mahony Power in International Criminal Justice, Brussels, Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher. kommer 2020.

Lohne, K. (2019) Advocates of Humanity: Human Rights NGOs in International Criminal Justice (Clarendon Studies in Criminology) Oxford University Press.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

Lohne, K., (2020) ‘Ethical Capacity and its Challenges in the Academy of Science: Historical Continuities and Contemporary Violence’, Biologia Futura. Online first.

Lohne, K. 2020, ‘Penal welfarism “gone global”? Comparing international criminal justice with The Culture of Control’, Punishment & Society. Online first. 

Lohne, K. (2020) 'Penal humanitarianism beyond the nation state: an analysis of international criminal justiceTheoretical Criminology, Vol. 24, No. 2.

Lohne, K. (2019) ‘Kristetilstanden i det internasjonale strafferettsprosjektet – en rettssosiologisk analyse’ Tidsskrift for strafferett’. 19(4). 

Lohne, K., (2018) 'As the Universal Breaks: Moments of Awkwardness in International JusticeNew Perspectives, Vol. 26, No. 3.

Houge, A.B. & K. Lohne (2017) 'End Impunity! Reducing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence to a Problem of Law', Law & Society Review, Vol. 51, Issue 4. 

Lohne, K. & K.B. Sandvik (2017), 'Bringing Law into the Political Sociology of Humanitarianism', Oslo Law Review, 4(1).

Houge, A.B, Lohne, K. & M. Skilbrei (2015), 'Gender and Crime Revisited: Criminological Gender Research on International and Transnational Crime and Crime Control', Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, 16(2).

Sandvik, K.B & K. Lohne (2014), 'The Rise of the Humanitarian Drone: Giving Content to an Emerging Concept', Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 43(1).

Lohne, K. (2012), 'The Norwegian Data Inspectorate: Between Governance and Resistance', Surveillance & Society, 10(2).

Scientific book chapters

Lohne, K., (forthcoming 2020) ‘International Criminal Justice and the Religion of Humanity’ in Eski, Y. and S. Walklate, eds., Genocide and Victimology, Routledge.

Lohne, K. (forthcoming 2020) 'Towards a Sociology of International Criminal Justice' in Bergsmo, M., Klamberg, M., Lohne, K., & C. B. Mahony Power in International Criminal Justice, Brussels, Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher.

De Hoon, M. & K. Lohne (2019) '"All the World's a Stage: Constituting International Justice at the Assembly of States Parties Meeting' in Boer, L.J.M & S. Stalk, Backstage Practices of Transnational Law, Routledge.

Lohne, K., (2018) 'NGOs for International Justice: Criminal or Victims' Justice', in Ulfstein, G. & A. Føllesdal, The Judicialization of International Law, Oxford University Press.

Lohne, K. (2017), 'Global Civil Society, the ICC, and Legitimacy in International Criminal Justice', in Hayashi, N. & C.M. Bailliet (eds), The Legitimacy of International Criminal Tribunals, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Sandvik, K.B., M. Gabrielsen Jumbert & K. Lohne (2016), 'Drones for Good: Conceptualizing the Role of Drones in Global Governance' (in Chinese), In Zhuo Li (ed.), China International Strategy Review. Long River Press. 8.

Houge, A.B., Lohne, K. & M. Skilbrei (2014), 'Kriminologisk kjønnsforskning mellom Norge og verden', i Finstad, L. & H. Mork Lomell (eds), Motmæle - en antologi til Kjersti Ericsson, Cecilie Høigård og Guri Larsen, Novus forlag.

  • Lohne, Kjersti (2020). Ethical capacity and its challenges in the academy of science: historical continuities and contemporary violence. Biologia Futura.  ISSN 2676-8615. . doi: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s42977-020-00021-9
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2020). Penal welfarism ‘gone global’? Comparing international criminal justice to The Culture of Control. Punishment & Society.  ISSN 1462-4745. . doi: doi.org/10.1177/1462474520928114
  • de Hoon, Marieke & Lohne, Kjersti (2019). ‘All the world’s a stage’: constituting international justice at the ICC’s Assembly of States Parties meeting, In Lianne J.M. Boer & Sofia Stolk (ed.),  Backstage Practices of Transnational Law.  Routledge.  ISBN 9780367086572.  5.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2019). Krisetilstanden i det internasjonale strafferettsprosjektet – en rettssosiologisk analyse. Tidsskrift for strafferett.  ISSN 1502-685X.  19(4), s 413- 435 . doi: https://doi.org/10.18261/issn.0809-9537-2019-04-03 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2018). As the Universal Breaks: Moments of Awkwardness in International Justice. Perspectives.  ISSN 1210-762X.  26(3) . doi: 10.1177/2336825x1802600307
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2018). NGOs for International Justice: Criminal or Victims' Justice?, In Andreas Føllesdal & Geir Ulfstein (ed.),  The Judicialization of International Law. A Mixed Blessing?.  Oxford University Press.  ISBN 9780198816423.  Chapter 6.  s 109 - 127 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2018). Penal humanitarianism beyond the nation state: An analysis of international criminal justice. Theoretical criminology.  ISSN 1362-4806. . doi: 10.1177/1362480618806917 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Houge, Anette Bringedal & Lohne, Kjersti (2017). End impunity! Reducing conflict-related sexual violence to a problem of law. Law & society review.  ISSN 0023-9216.  51(4) . doi: 10.1111/lasr.12294 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2017). Global Civil Society, the ICC, and Legitimacy in International Criminal Justice, In Nobuo Hayashi & Cecilia Marcela Bailliet (ed.),  The Legitimacy of International Criminal Tribunals.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 978-1-107-14617-4.  18.  s 449 - 473
  • Lohne, Kjersti & Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora (2017). Bringing Law into the Political Sociology of Humanitarianism. Oslo Law Review.  ISSN 2387-3299.  4(1), s 4- 27 . doi: 10.18261/issn.2387-3299-2017-01-01 Full text in Research Archive.

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  • Lohne, Kjersti (2019). Advocates of Humanity: Human Rights NGOs in International Criminal Justice. Oxford University Press.  ISBN 9780198818748.  288 s.

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  • Lohne, Kjersti (2020). Advocates of Humanity: Human Rights NGOs in International Criminal Justice.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2020). Advocates of Humanity: Human Rights NGOs in International Criminal Justice.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2020, 09. september). Arne Benjaminsen: – Vi må være innstilt på at det blir en krevende høst. [Fagblad].  Uniforum.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2020). DEBATT: Utvid gjennomføringsstipendet!. Uniforum.  ISSN 1891-5825. . doi: https://www.uniforum.uio.no/leserbrev/2020/utvid-gjennomforingsstipendet%21.html
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2020). Human Rights Advocacy in International Criminal Justice: Whose Rights? Whose Justice?.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2020, 01. oktober). Hun droppet akademia etter doktorgraden: – Slipper maset om å være best. [Fagblad].  Forskerforum.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2020). Introducing Advocates of Humanity.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2020). Kampen mot straffefrihet for internasjonale forbrytelser.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2020, 08. juni). Kjersti Lohne er valgt inn i universitetsstyret. [Fagblad].  Uniforum.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2020, 05. juni). LEIAR: UiO bør utvida gjennomføringsstipendet for stipendiatar. [Fagblad].  Uniforum.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2020). NGOs in International Criminal Justice.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2020). Om hvordan sivilsamfunnet har bidratt til et sterkere individuelt rettsvern gjennom bruk av domstolene, særlig ved isolasjon..
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2020). Penal Power in International Politics.
  • Lohne, Kjersti; Christensen, Mikkel Jarle; Rodrigues, Fatima da Cruz; Vidlicka, Suncana Roksandic; Hola, Barbora; Aydın-Aitchison, Andy & Vasiliev, Sergey (2020). The Justice-360 Project: Investigating International Criminal Justice as Seen from States.
  • Lohne, Kjersti & Elken, Mari (2020, 28. januar). Unge forskere opplever uetisk press. [Fagblad].  forskning.no.
  • Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora & Lohne, Kjersti (2020). Teaching transitional justice after conflict and terror: Cases of Kosovo and Norway.
  • Jarland, Julie; Binningsbø, Helga Malmin; Lohne, Kjersti & Skardhamar, Torbjørn (2019). Courts of Conflict: The Impact of International Criminal Justice in Armed Conflict.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2019). Are there ethical limits to what science can and should achieve?.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2019). ESC Young Criminologist Award Acceptance Speech.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2019). Feltarbeidsrefleksjoner fra Guantanamo: - om hverdagsliv, tortur og tvilsomme rettsoppgjør i det varige unntaksstedet.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2019). Global civil society in the fight against impunity for international crimes.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2019). Hvilket ansvar har de store institusjonene i å ivareta forskningsintegritet og opplæring i forskningsetikk?.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2019). Inspirations, Inclinations and Thanks from a Young European Criminologist. Newsletter of the European Society of Criminology.  18(3) . doi: https://escnewsletter.org/sites/escnewsletter.org/files/newsletter/2020/esc_newsletter_2019_3.pdf
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2019, 17. desember). Ny undersøking: Unge forskarar rapporterer om etisk press.  Krono.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2019). Power to punish: International Criminal justice and penal humanitarianism.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2019). Scandinavian Rights Revolution - og min delstudie av Advokatforeningen.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2019). Teaching Critique in Transitional Justice.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2019). The Skewed Nature of Global Justice-Making.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2019, 05. desember). Who makes the rules?. [Fagblad].  Research Europe.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2019). Why ethics and science move at different speeds, and the unfortunate trend to legalize research ethics. Heidi.News. . doi: https://www.heidi.news/articles/why-ethics-and-science-move-at-different-speeds-and-the-regretful-trend-to-legalize-research-ethics?utm_source=twitter
  • Lohne, Kjersti & Elken, Mari (2019, 01. desember). En sårbar situasjon. [Fagblad].  Forskningsetikk.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2018). Advocates of Humanity Research Seminar.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2018). Book seminar and brief presentation of research profile for iCourts.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2018). Chair & discussant: Studying War Crimes: Descriptive Truths and/or Sensationalism.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2018). Exporting Nordicity through Penal Humanitarianism.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2018). International Criminal Justice and the Religion of Humanity.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2018). Introduction to workshop on Nordic justice-making elsewhere.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2018). Roundtable: Post-truth and the Academy: (Social) Science, Truth, and the Social Construction of Everything?.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2018). Sikkerhet og trusler: utredning om rettsvitenskapelig forskningsbehov.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2018). The Cosmopolitan Penal Imaginary: Penal Welfarism Gone Global?.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2018). The cosmopolitan penal imagination: international criminal justice meets sociology of punishment.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2018). What is international criminal justice, and who decides?.
  • Lohne, Kjersti & Fasmer, Maria (2018). Internasjonal strafferett fra Haag til Kripos.
  • Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora & Lohne, Kjersti (2018). The Moral Turn in Global Governance: - a Case Study of Rights-Based Approaches of Norwegian Humanitarianism.
  • Frøberg, Thomas & Lohne, Kjersti (2017). Effektivitet og kvalitet i straffesakskjeden: Utredning av behovet for forskning på det norske rettssystemet.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2017, 11. september). 16 år har gått siden 11. september-angrepene. «Mesterhjernen» er ennå ikke dømt.  Dagbladet.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2017). Advocates of Humanity: Human Rights NGOs in International Criminal Justice FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 77 (2017).
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2017). Concluding session: reflections & the way forward.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2017). Continuities and Discontinuities of Penal Welfarism: Global Justice-making through International Criminal Justice.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2017). Continuities and discontinuities of penal welfarism: global justicemaking through international criminal justice.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2017). Cybersecurity and automated weapons.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2017). Globalising the penal research imagination: International criminal justice and the cosmopolitan penal field.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2017). Menneskerettighetsforskning ved IKRS: perspektiverering.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2017). Moderator of Honorary Doctoral Degree Lectures 2017: Patricia Kameri-Mbote and David Garland.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2017). NGOs for International Justice: Victims’ vs Criminal Justice?.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2017). Opening session: towards a sociology of international criminal justice.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2017). Penal Humanitarians? Nordic Moral and Penal Values as Export Goods in International Relations: Towards a Research Agenda.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2017). Power in the Institutions of International Criminal Justice.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2017). Prisoners’ Advocates at Gitmo: The Role of NGOs in (De)Legitmising Punishment in Response to Cosmopolitan Dilemmas.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2017). Researching law in closed, violent or authoritarian settings.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2017). Roundtable on Transitional justice mechanisms and reconciliation.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2017). Twist of Fate: Terror, Torture and Justice in the 9/11 Trial in Guantánamo Bay. openDemocracy.net.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2017, 15. juni). Yrkesintervju: kriminolog. [Internett].  utdanning.no.
  • Lohne, Kjersti & Frøberg, Thomas (2017). Sikkerhet og trusler: en utredning om rettsvitenskapelige forskningsbehov.
  • Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora & Lohne, Kjersti (2017). Building a Sociology of Law for the Humanitarian Field. Sociological Review.  ISSN 0038-0261.
  • Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora & Lohne, Kjersti (2017). Humanitarian Studies Colloquium: Building a legal sociology of the humanitarian field. Show summary
  • de Hoon, Marieke & Lohne, Kjersti (2016). Negotiating Justice at the ASP: From Crisis to Constructive Dialogue, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law.
  • Frøjd, Elise Koppang; Kirkebø, Tori Loven & Lohne, Kjersti (2016, 01. november). Inside Guantanamo’s barbed wire fence. [Fagblad].  Science Nordic.
  • Houge, Anette Bringedal & Lohne, Kjersti (2016). End impunity! A troublesome panacea for sexual war violence.
  • Houge, Anette Bringedal & Lohne, Kjersti (2016). End impunity! The narrative construction of a panacea for sexual violence in conflict.
  • Houge, Anette Bringedal & Lohne, Kjersti (2016). Full storm for internasjonal strafferett. Kriminalpolitikk.uio.no.
  • Houge, Anette Bringedal & Lohne, Kjersti (2016). Offer og overgriper i en og samme person. Stavanger Aftenblad.  ISSN 0804-8991.
  • Høgestøl, Sofie A.E. & Lohne, Kjersti (2016). Afrikansk flukt fra straffedomstolen. Dagsavisen.  ISSN 1503-2892.  s 34- 35
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2016). Cosmopolitan legalism, criminal justice and human rights NGOs.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2016). Exporting Nordic Penal Culture in International Humanitarian and Criminal Law.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2016). Forbrytelse og straff i internasjonal politikk.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2016, 07. november). Kjersti Lohne har besøkt fangeleiren Guantanamo. [Radio].  Jacobsen på NRK P1+.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2016, 08. november). Kjersti Lohne om Guantánamo. [Radio].  Her og Nå på NRK P1.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2016). Oppgjøret etter 11. september er ikke en rettsstat verdig. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).  ISSN 0804-3116.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2016). Oppgjøret etter 11. september er ikke en rettsstat verdig. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).  ISSN 0804-3116.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2016). PluriRights at Guantánamo: Advocacy, Lawfare and Legitimacy-building in Spaces of Exception.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2016). Prisoners’ advocates at Gitmo: the role of NGOs in (de)legitimising punishment in response to cosmopolitan dilemmas.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2016). Refleksjoner fra Guantánamo: om tvilsomme rettsoppgjør, tortur og andre paradokser i terrorbekjempelsens navn.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2016). Scaling Penalty: In Pursuit of a Global Sociology of Punishment, In Aarne Kinnunen (ed.),  NSfK’s 58. Research Seminar: New challenges in criminology: Can old theories be used to explain or understand new crimes?.  Scandinavian Research Counsil for Criminology.  ISBN 978-82-7688-046-5.  Chapter.  s 422 - 429
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2016). Scaling Penalty: In Pursuit of a Global Sociology of Punishment.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2016). The Ironic Twist of Fate: Terror, Torture and Justice in the 9/11 Trial at Guantánamo Bay. Newsletter Criminology and International Crimes.  11(2)
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2016). The vulnerability of international law: on Gitmo and the ICC legitimacy crisis.
  • Lohne, Kjersti; Frøjd, Elise Koppang & Kirkebø, Tori Loven (2016, 26. oktober). Innenfor Guantánamos piggtrådgjerder. [Internett].  uio.no.
  • Lohne, Kjersti; Frøjd, Elise Koppang & Kirkebø, Tori Loven (2016, 06. november). Norsk forsker slapp inn på Guantánamo. [Fagblad].  Forskning.no.

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