Martine S.B. Lie

Doctoral Research Fellow
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Visiting address Kristian Augusts gate 17 Domus Juridica 8.etg 0164 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 6706 St. Olavs plass 0130 OSLO

Academic interests

Martine has broad experience in green criminology. Her PhD Project Large predator management versus the intrinsic value of animals is part of the larger project Criminal justice, wildlife Conservation and animal rights in the Anthropocene (CRIMEANTHROP). She investigates how Norway's management of wolves, brown bears, wolverines and lynx adapts to the Bern Convention, and how it influences the animals. This is done through observation of court cases on large predator hunts and analysis of verdicts from such cases, as well as in-depth interviews with judges, police and NGOs. 

Martine has also investigated the enforcement and consequences of the Norwegian breed ban on “dangerous dogs”, based on in-depth interviews with police and dog owners. Green criminological perspectives, police research, labelling and risk theory were central in the analysis of the findings.

Courses taught

Martine teaches on KRIM2960/4960 Green Criminology, and has taught on KRIM2000 Central theoretical perspectives, KRIM2101 and KRIM1300 earlier semesters. She has also supervised a master student in political science.


Martine holds a master's degree in criminology from the University of Oslo. After graduating, Martine taught seminar groups for bachelor students in criminology, and organised a research seminar at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law on animal police units in Nordic countries. She also worked as a political adviser in The Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance (Dyrevernalliansen) for several years.


Martine has led the PhD Council of the Faculty of Law, and represented temporary scientific employees in the Faculty Board and Programme Committee for Research Training (PFF). 

Martine has refereed for the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy and ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies.

Tags: Criminology, international and European environmental law, green criminology, animal protection, animal welfare, agricultural policy


  • Lie, Martine S. B. (2021). “Humane Theriocides”: Traces of Compassion for Animals in the Norwegian Legal Discourse on Illegal Bear and Wolf Killings. Revista Catalana de Dret Ambiental. ISSN 2014-038X. 12(1). doi: 10.17345/rcda3085. Full text in Research Archive
  • Lie, Martine Synnøve Bergersen (2017). «Stepdogs» of Society: The Impact of Breed Bans in Norway. Critical Criminology. ISSN 1205-8629. 25(2), p. 293–309. doi: 10.1007/s10612-017-9364-9.

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