Maja Janmyr is Professor in international migration law at the Norwegian Center for Human Rights. Her current research focuses on refugee rights in the Middle East, with a particular emphasis on the situation of Syrian and Sudanese refugees and other migrants in Lebanon. She is PI of the four-year (2019-2023) research project "Refugees and the Arab Middle East: Protection in States Not Party to the Refugee Convention (REF-ARAB)", funded by the Research Council of Norway's FRIPRO-program.
Janmyr’s previous research concerns readmission agreements and forced return in the broader context of EU migration policies. Her PhD research, conducted at the University of Bergen, focused on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) human rights responsibilities in refugee camps. She is author of the book Protecting Civilians in Refugee Camps: Unwilling and Unable States, UNHCR and International Responsibility (2014).
At the University of Oslo, Janmyr teaches courses in Norwegian immigration law, international refugee and asylum law, public international law and international human rights law.
Janmyr is an elected member of the Odysseus Academic Network for Legal Studies on Immigration and Asylum in Europe and the Young Academy of Norway (Akademiet for yngre forskere). She serves on the Steering Committee of the Centre on Law and Social Transformation, located in Bergen, Norway, where she also heads the Centre's Migration Unit. She has previously been a member of the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights’ Prize Committee.
Maja Janmyr has been a Visiting Scholar at the American University of Beirut, the American University in Cairo, the Swedish College of Defence in Stockholm and at Makerere University in Kampala.
In 2014 Janmyr was the recipient of the Meltzer Young Researcher Award for outstanding scientific achievements, and in 2018 she received the Chr. Michelsen Prize for outstanding development research.
Janmyr regularly contributes to international and national media outlets. Recent contributions include: The Washington Post; The Economist; BBC; Forced Migration Review; Aftenposten; and Dagbladet. She has been invited to speak at numerous conferences and academic events, including most recently at the University of Oxford's Refugee Studies Centre. A podcast of this event is available here.
Peer-reviewed monographs and edited collections
Janmyr, Maja. Protecting Civilians in Refugee Camps: Unwilling and Unable States, UNHCR and International Responsibility, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers/Brill (2014).
Janmyr, Maja and Knudsen, Are. "Dossier on Humanitarianism in Refugee Camps" in 7 Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development 3 (2016).
Peer-reviewed journal articles
Janmyr, Maja and Mourad, Lama. "Modes of Ordering: Labelling, Classification and Categorization in Lebanon's Refugee Response" Journal of Refugee Studies (2018).
Janmyr, Maja. "UNHCR and the Syrian refugee response: negotiating status and registration in Lebanon" International Journal of Human Rights (2017).
Janmyr, Maja. "No Country of Asylum: 'Legitimizing' Lebanon’s Rejection of the 1951 Refugee Convention" 29 International Journal of Refugee Law 3 (2017).
Janmyr, Maja and Knudsen, Are. "Introduction: Hybrid Spaces" 7 Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development 3 (2016).
Janmyr, Maja. "Spaces of Legal Ambiguity: Refugee Camps and Humanitarian Power" 7 Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development 3 (2016).
Janmyr, Maja. "Precarity in Exile: The Legal Status of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon" 35 Refugee Survey Quarterly 4 (2016).
Janmyr, Maja. "Human Rights and Nubian Mobilisation in Egypt: towards recognition of indigeneity" Third World Quarterly (2016).
Janmyr, Maja. "Nubians in Contemporary Egypt: mobilizing return to ancestral lands" 25 Middle East Critique 2 (2016).
Janmyr, Maja. "The Effectiveness of Norway's Readmission Agreements with Iraq and Ethiopia" International Migration (2015).
Janmyr, Maja. "Att återvända till fäderneslandet - hur den nubiska drömmen kan bli en rättighet i det nya Egypten" Babylon: Nordic Journal of Middle East Studies 1-2 (2015).
Janmyr, Maja. "Norway's Readmission Agreements: Spellbound by European Union Policies or Free Spirits on the International Field?” 16 European Journal of Migration and Law 2 (2014).
Janmyr, Maja. "Recruiting Internally Displaced Persons into Civil Militias: the Case of Northern Uganda" 32 Nordic Journal of Human Rights 3 (2014).
Janmyr, Maja. "Attributing Wrongful Conduct of Implementing Partners to UNHCR: International Responsibility and Human Rights Violations in Refugee Camps" 5 Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies 1 (2014).
Peer-reviewed book chapters
Janmyr, Maja. "Indigeneity vs Development: Nubian rights mobilisation in Egypt" in Corradi G., De Feyter K., Desmet E. and Vanhees K., Critical indigenous rights studies: New directions in indigenous rights research. Routledge (2018).
Janmyr, Maja. "Military Recruitment of Sudanese Refugee Men in Uganda: a Tale of National Patronage and International Failure" in Buckley-Zistel S. and Krause U., Gender, Violence, Refugees. Berghahn Books (2017).
Janmyr, Maja. "Advancing UNHCR Accountability through the Law of International Responsibility" in Sandvik K. & Jacobsen K., UNHCR and the Struggle for Accountability: Technology, Law and Results-Based Management. Routledge (2016).
Janmyr, Maja. “Refugees and Peace” in Bailliet C. & Larsen K.M., Promoting Peace through International Law. Oxford University Press (2015).
Janmyr, Maja. “Revisiting the Civilian and Humanitarian Character of Refugee Camps" in Durieux J.F. & Cantor D., Refuge from Inhumanity: war refugees and international humanitarian law. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (Brill)(2014).
”Eyal Weizman: The Least of All Possible Evils. Humanitarian Violence from Arendt to Gaza”, Babylon. Tidsskrift om Midtøsten og Nord-Afrika (2012).