Kjersti Lohne

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Kjersti Lohne holds a doctorate in Criminology from the University of Oslo (2015). Her doctoral 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 materialities and imaginaries of international criminal justice. 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 has previously worked as research assistant, researcher, lecturer and senior researcher at the Police University College (2010), the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law (2011-2015), and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) (2010, 2016). She has also been a visiting researcher at the Center for International Criminal Justice at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (2013) and at the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford (2014).

Research Interests

Lohne's primary thematic 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 (book project and articles based on her doctoral research and more)
  • The Guatanamo military commissions (ongoing project at PluriCourts)
  • Rule of (criminal) law development and "penal aid" to so-called failed or transitional states (forthcoming postdoctoral research project at IKRS).
  • 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 has developed and is the head lecturer of

She has also taught and been an examiner at the Police University College, at the Artic University of Norway, and at Vrije University in Amsterdam.


  • Royichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund, 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


Tags: International Criminal Court, International Courts and Tribunals, Human Rights, Criminology, Sociology of Law, Global Governance



Lohne, K., 2019, Advocates of Humanity: Human Rights NGOs in International Criminal Justice, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Power in International Criminal Justice: Towards a Sociology of International Justice, kommer 2019, Bergsmo, M., Klamberg, M., Lohne, K. & C. Mahony, red., Brussel, TOAEP


Lohne, K., forthcoming 2020, 'Krisetilstanden i det internasjonale strafferettsprosjektet: en rettssosiologisk analyse', Tidsskrift for strafferett. 

Lohne, K. 2018, ‘As the universal breaks: moments of awkwardness in international justice’, New Perspectives – Interdisciplinary Journal of Central and East European Politics & International Relations, No. 3.

Lohne, K., 2018, ‘Penal humanitarianism beyond the nation state: an analysis of international criminal justice’, Theoretical Criminology, online first

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

Lohne, K. and 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 Crime 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). 


Lohne, K., kommer 2019, ‘Towards a Sociology of International Criminal Justice’, in Bergsmo, M, M. Klamberg, K. Lohne & C. B. Mahony, eds., Power in International Criminal Justice: Towards a Sociology of International Justice, Brussel, TOAEP.

De Hoon, M. and 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, eds., Backstage Practices of Transnational Law, Routledge. 

Lohne, K., 2017, ‘NGOs for International Justice: Victims’ vs Criminal Justice?’, in A. Follesdal and G. Ulfstein (eds), International Courts as a Mixed Blessing, Oxford University Press.

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

Sandvik, K.B., Jumbert, M.G. & K. Lohne, 2016, ‘Drones for Good? Conceptualizing the Role of Good Drones in Global Governance’ in China International Strategy Review, Long River Press (Chinese and English versions).

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

  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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) 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 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora; Jumbert, Maria Gabrielsen & Lohne, Kjersti (2016). Drones for Good: Conceptualizing the Role of Drones in Global Governance, In Zhuo Li (ed.),  China International Strategy Review.  Long River Press.  8.
  • Houge, Anette Bringedal; Lohne, Kjersti & Skilbrei, May-Len Østbye (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.  ISSN 1404-3858.  16(2), s 160- 174 . doi: 10.1080/14043858.2015.1045730

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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). Introducing Advocates of Humanity.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2020). Kampen mot straffefrihet for internasjonale forbrytelser.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2020). Om hvordan sivilsamfunnet har bidratt til et sterkere individuelt rettsvern gjennom bruk av domstolene, særlig ved isolasjon..
  • 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.
  • Lohne, Kjersti & Houge, Anette Bringedal (2016). Brought Up to Be a War Criminal. PRIO Blogs.
  • Lohne, Kjersti & Houge, Anette Bringedal (2016). End Impunity! Reducing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence to a Problem of Law.
  • Lohne, Kjersti & Houge, Anette Bringedal (2016). The fight against impunity: The construction of a panacea for sexual violence in conflict?.
  • Lohne, Kjersti; Kirkebø, Tori Loven & Frøjd, Elise Koppang (2016, 26. oktober). Inside Guantánamo's barbed wire. [Internett].  uio.no.
  • Lohne, Kjersti & Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora (2016). Bringing Law into the Political Sociology of Humanitarianism.
  • Lohne, Kjersti & Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora (2016). Terrorbekjempelse i gråsonen: Fra Guantanamo til væpnede droner.
  • Lohne, Kjersti & Ystehede, Per Jørgen (2016, 08. april). Global strafferett – en vestlig industri?. [Internett].  uio.no.
  • Lohne, Kjersti; Ystehede, Per Jørgen & Fosse, Marit (2016, 16. juli). Global criminal law-making – a Western industry?. [Fagblad].  Science Nordic.
  • Lohne, Kjersti; Ystehede, Per Jørgen & Fosse, Marit (2016, 19. april). Global strafferett – en vestlig industri?. [Internett].  Forskning.no.
  • Lohne, Kjersti (2015). Advocates of Humanity: Human Rights NGOs in International Criminal Justice.

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