Knut D. Asplund

Head, Rule of Law, International Department
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Phone +47 22 84 20 77
Visiting address Kristian Augusts gate 17 Domus Juridica 7.etg 0164 OSLO
Postal address P.O. Box 6706 St Olavs plass N-0130 OSLO NORWAY


Cand.polit. degree in social anthropology from the University of Oslo (1998). Has conducted extensive field work in Indonesia. Experience from election observation, and environmental and indigenous peoples' rights work.

Headed the Indonesia Programme at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights from 2002. Has worked on a range of human rights topics with specific relevance for Indonesia. A particular area of concern for NCHR has been human rights education at Indonesian universities. Has been in charge of the work addressing security sector reform and trainings for military (TNI) personnel in human rights and the law of armed conflict from 2006 to 2015.


Heads the international department's work on rule of law. This effort  particularly addresses the police in order to encourage the discontinuation of coercive interrogation techniques, and promote and build competence in investigative interviewing.

Special fields

Prevention of torture, cruel, Inhuman or degrading treatment. Non-coercive interviewing: investiagative interviewing. Non-Western legal cultures. 

Also, Indonesian culture, society and politics, with special emphasis on: violent conflicts and their solutions; security sector reform; human rights and the law of armed conflict; perceptions of human rights in Indonesia; law, the judiciary and human rights; the relationship between traditional belief systems and world religions (particularly Islam); indigenous traditions of knowledge; as well as indigenous peoples and extractive industries.

Tags: Indonesia, Rule of Law, Investigative interviewing, Police Training, Human Rights Education, Human Rights and Conflict, security sector reform, legal pluralism, cultural/social anthropology, law of armed conflict


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Published Apr. 25, 2008 10:38 AM - Last modified Feb. 10, 2020 1:15 PM