Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

Research Professor in Humanitarian Studies

Research Interests

What I am doing at the moment:  Spring 2022 I am researching the legal ripple effects of July 22. I am also writing a book on Humanitarian Extractivism and I help coordinate the Covid-19 and rule of law initiative (Korona og rettsstaten) at UiO.

I am a Research Professor in Humanitarian Studies at PRIO. I have previously been the Director for the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies.  My main affiliation is with the University of Oslo, where I am a professor at the Faculty of Law (Sociology of Law). I teach sociology of law, legal technology and artificial intelligence and robot regulations.  From 2020, I lead the RCN-funded SAMRISK project "LAW22JULY: RIPPLES (Rights, Institutions, Procedures, Participation, Litigation: Embedding Security)" at the Faculty of Law, with PRIO as a key partner.  At PRIO, I lead the RCN-funded NORGLOBAL project "Do No Harm: Ethical humanitarian Innovation", where I work on digital bodies, ethics, humanitarian innovation and data justice issues.  I am also part of the Humanitarian BordersCo-duties and RegulAir-projects. 


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The University of Oslo


Work experience

2009 –
Senior Researcher, Research Professor PRIO
2016 –2021
​Coordinator, Humanitarianism Research Group, PRIO
2016 –​Professor, Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo
2012 – 2016​Director for the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies


  • Doctor of Juridical Sciences, S.J.D Harvard Law School 2008
  • Visiting Fellowship, RSC, University of Oxford 2006
  • Visiting Researcher,  Refugee Law Project, Uganda 2005
  • Candidata Juris, Masters in Women's Law, University of Oslo 2002

I am a member of independent ethics advisory board for the EU Human Brain project and an editorial board member of Security Dialogue.


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All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora (2018) Technology, Dead Male Bodies, and Feminist Recognition: Gendering ICT Harm Theory, Australian Feminist Law Journal 44(1): 49–69.
Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora (2018) Gendering violent pluralism: women’s political organising in Latin America, Third World Thematics: a TWQ Journal. DOI: 10.1080/23802014.2018.1477527.
Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora & Julieta Lemaitre (2017) Finding the Roads to Justice? Examining Trajectories of Transition for Internally Displaced Women in Colombia, Stability: International Journal of Security and Development 6(1): 1–18.
Lemaitre, Julieta & Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (2015) Shifting Frames, Vanishing Resources, and Dangerous Political Opportunities: Legal Mobilization among Displaced Women in Colombia, Law & Society Review 49(1): 5–38.
Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora & Julieta Lemaitre (2013) Internally Displaced Women as Knowledge Producers and Users in Humanitarian Action: The View from Colombia, Disasters 37(1): 36–50.

Book Chapter

Lemaitre, Julieta & Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (2016) Structural Remedies and the One Million Pesos: On the Limits of Court-Ordered Social Change for Internally Displaced Women in Colombia, in Rubenstein, Kim; & Katharine G. Young, eds, The Public Law of Gender from the Local to the Global. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (99–122).
Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora & Julieta Lemaitre (2015) From IDPs to Victims in Colombia: A Bottom-Up Reading of Law in Post-Conflict Transitions, in Saul, Matthew; & James A. Sweeney, eds, International Law and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Policy. London and New York: Routledge (251–271).

Popular Article

Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora (2015) An academic New Year’s resolution for Colombia: understanding continued gendered violence as a threat to positive peace, IntLawGrrls.
Lemaitre, Julieta & Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (2015) From IDPs to Victims in Colombia: Transition from Humanitarian Crisis through Law Reform?, Reliefweb.
Lohne, Kjersti & Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (2015) What's wrong with the idea that 'robots don't rape'?, Open Democracy.
Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora & Kjersti Lohne (2015) Lethal Autonomous Weapons: Killing the ‘Robots-don’t-Rape’ Argument, IntLawGrrls.
Lemaitre, Julieta & Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (2015) Beyond Sexual Violence: Gendered Political Insecurity as a Threat to Peace, IntLawGrrls.

PRIO Paper

Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora (2019) Technologizing the Fight against Sexual Violence: A Critical Scoping, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - Other

Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora; Julieta Lemaitre; & Juliana Vargas Gómez (2014) Organización comunitaria y derechos humanos. La movilización legal de las mujeres desplazadas en Colombia. [Community Organization and Human Rights. Legal Mobilization of Displaced Women in Colombia.]10. Colombia: Universidad de los Andes (Justica Global).
Guerrero, Patricia; Kristin Bergtora Sandvik; Eva Sol López; Juliana Vargas Gómez; Julieta Lemaitre; & Juan Pablo Mosquera (2014) Sueño de vida digna” La Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas: Estudio de caso en mejores prácticas de organización de base para el goce efectivo de derechos. [Dream about a Decent Life. The League of Displaced Women: A Case Study of Best Practices Organization based on the Full Enjoyment of Rights]7. Colombia: Universidad de los Andes (Justica Global).
Mosquera, Juan Pablo; Julieta Lemaitre; Juliana Vargas Gómez; Kristin Bergtora Sandvik; & Eva Sol López (2014) De desplazados a víctimas. Los cambios legales y la participación de la Mesa de Víctimas de Mocoa, Putumayo. [Displaced Victims. Legal Changes and Involvement of the Bureau of Victims of Mocoa, Putumayo.]8. Colombia: Universidad de los Andes (Justica Global).
Lemaitre, Julieta; Ana Manuela Ochoa Arias; Luz Estella Romero Villalba; Valentina González Villegas; Sandra Vargas Mahecha; & Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (2014) Defensoras de derechos humanos Tres estudios de casos de ONG y su respuesta al desplazamiento forzado [Human Rights Defenders, Three Studies of NGO's and Response to Forced Displacement]9. Colombia: Universidad de los Andes (Justica Global).