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  • Docent in Political Science, 2015.
  • PhD in Political Science, 2009.
  • MSc in Political Science, 2002.
  • BSc in International Relations, 2000.

I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo. As of 1 August 2016, I am also Associate Professor at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg.

My main research interests are located at the intersection of political and international theory, and especially human rights and democratic theory.

Since December 2012, I am Principal Investigator for the research project The consensus paradox, funded by the Research Council of Norway. I am also co-ordinator of Human rights and constitutionalism, one out of four thematic research groups at the NCHR. Previously, I was a postdoctoral research fellow associated with the research projects Should states ratify human rights conventions? and MultiRights.

I earned my doctoral degree in political science from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2009. My doctoral dissertation Democrats without borders: A critique of transnational democracy (2008) critically challenges cosmopolitan and deliberative models of transnational democracy.

Prior to joining the NCHR, I have done research on domestic origins and effects of international norms with regard to prostitution and trafficking policies within the Nordic Prostitution Policy Reform research project, funded by the Swedish Research Council. I have also been a visiting researcher at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Germany, and a visiting lecturer at University West, Sweden.

Tags: prostitution, authority, argumentation, political theory, trafficking, international theory, democratic theory, deliberation, legitimacy, human rights


Working papers

For working papers in various stages of progress and completion, see my SSRN Author Page:


  1. Democrats without borders: A critique of transnational democracy. Doctoral dissertation, University of Gothenburg, 2008. ISBN: 978-91-89246-38-6, <>

Journal articles

  1. "Assessing the epistemic quality of democratic decision-making in terms of adequate support for conclusions." Co-authored with Henrik Friberg-Fernros. Social Epistemology (forthcoming).
  2. "Mellan aktivism och ambivalens: Norden och internationella mänskliga rättigheter." Retfærd: Nordic Journal of Law and Justice (forthcoming).
  3. "The co-originality of human rights and democracy in an international order." International Theory 7:1, 2015, 96-124, doi: 10.1017/S1752971914000426.
  4. "Om urvalets problem: Att undervisa inom och utom den politiska teorins kanon." Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift 117:3, 2015, 93-109.
  5. “The consensus paradox: Does deliberative agreement impede rational discourse?” Co-authored with Henrik Friberg-Fernros. Political Studies 62:S1, 2014, doi: 10.1111/1467-9248.12103.
  6. The turn to authority beyond states.” Co-authored with Birgit Peters. Transnational Legal Theory 3:4, 2013, doi: 10.5235/20414005.4.3.315.
  7. Security, equality and the clash of ideas: Sweden’s evolving anti-trafficking policy.” Co-authored with Gregg Bucken-Knapp and Karin Persson-Strömbäck. Human Rights Review 13:2, 2012, 167–185, doi: 10.1007/s12142-011-0214-y.
  8. The boundaries of transnational democracy: Alternatives to the all-affected principle.Review of International Studies, 38:2, 2012, 321–42, doi: 10.1017/S0260210510001749.
  9. "Manifest för den glada statsvetenskapen." With Anders Hellström. Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift 112:4, 2010, 368-73.
  10. Prostitution policy reform and the causal role of ideas: A comparative study of policy-making in the Nordic countries”. With Gregg Bucken-Knapp. Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift 110:1, 2008, 59–65.

Edited volumes and special issues

  1. The legitimacy of international human rights regimes: Legal, Political and Philosophical Perspectives. Volume co-edited with Andreas Føllesdal and Geir Ulfstein. Cambridge University Press, 2013.
  2. The turn to authority beyond states: Political, legal and philosophical perspectives. Special issue of Transnational Legal Theory 3:4, 2013. Co-edited with Birgit Peters.

Book chapters

  1. "The view from elsewhere: Scandinavian penal practices and international critique." Co-authored with Malcolm Langford, Aled Dilwyn Fisher and Frida Pareus. Forthcoming in: In Embraced by the welfare state? Scandinavian penal history, culture and prison practice, edited by P. Scharff Smith & T. Ugelvik. Palgrave, 2016.
  2. Comrades, push the red button! Banning the purchase of sexual services in Sweden but not Finland.” Co-authored with Gregg Bucken-Knapp and Pia Levin. In: Negotiating Sex Work: Unintended Consequences of Policy and Activism, edited by Samantha Majic & Carisa Showden. University of Minnesota Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780816689583.
  3. "International human rights and the challenge of legitimacy." Co-authored with Andreas Føllesdal and Geir Ulfstein. In The legitimacy of international human rights regimes. Andreas Føllesdal, Johan Karlsson Schaffer and Geir Ulfstein (eds.). Cambridge University Press, 2013, pp. 1-31.
  4. Legitimacy, global governance and human rights institutions: Inverting the puzzle.” In The legitimacy of international human rights regimes. Andreas Føllesdal, Johan Karlsson Schaffer and Geir Ulfstein (eds.). Cambridge University Press, 2013, pp. 212-42.
  5. ”Kompisen som inte ville leka: Sveriges nej i utländsk press”. With Mette Anthonsen. In: Henrik Oscarssson & Sören Holmberg (eds.): Kampen om euron. Göteborg 2004.

Working papers

  1. “Affected and subjected: The all-affected principle in transnational democratic theory”. Discussion Paper SP IV 2006–304 Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, 2006. <>

Other publications

  1. Att möta den högre utbildningens utmaningar (Meeting the challenges of higher education). Research report. Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy. Co-authored with Gissur Ó. Erlingsson, Douglas Brommesson, Jörgen Ödalen & Mattias Fogelgren. Forthcoming 2015.
  2. Isaak måste friges – och Eritrea förändras.” Co-authored with Erik Jennische. Aftonbladet, 27 October 2014.
  3. Så kan valhemligheten säkras i de svenska valen.” Co-authored with Stefan Dahlberg and Göran Duus-Otterström. Dagens Nyheter, 14 September 2014.
  4. “Därför nedprioriterar Norden mänskliga rättigheter.” Co-authored with Malcolm Langford. Axess #5, June 2012.
  5. “I ett fängelse på Kuba.” In Tystade röster, edited by Petter Larsson, Tranan: Stockholm 2007.
  6. ”Amerikansk solidaritet är starkare än LO:s.” Expressen, 12 April 2006. Co-authored with Gregg Bucken-Knapp.
  7. “¿Podrá Gisela Delgado asistir a la Feria del Libro de Gotemburgo?” Misceláneas de Cuba, December 2005.
  8. “Får Gisela Delgado komma i år?” Internationella torgets tidning, September 2005.
  9. ”Fången på vårt samvete.” Västerbottens-Kuriren, 19 May 2005.
  10. ”Glöm inte Dawit Isaak.” Göteborgs-Posten, 27 October 2004.
  11. ”Öka stödet för Dawit Isaak.” Sydsvenskan, 8 October 2004.
  12. ”Regeringen sviker Eritreasvensken.” Expressen, 22 September 2004.
  13. ”Flykten från Asmara.” In: Dawit och friheten. Om den svenske samvetsfången och Eritreas inställda demokratisering. Johan Karlsson & Rickard Sjöberg (eds.). Stockholm: Silc förlag, 2004.
  14. Dawit och friheten. Om den svenske samvetsfången och Eritreas inställda demokratisering. With Rickard Sjöberg (eds.). Stockholm: Silc förlag, 2004. ISBN: 91-974771-7-6.
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