Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

Research Professor in Humanitarian Studies

Kristin Bergtora Sandvik
Email: bergtora@prio.org
Work phone: 22 54 77 92

Research Interests

What I am doing at the moment: Spring 2017

I am a Research Professor in Humanitarian Studies at PRIO, and the coordinator for the Humanitarianism research group. I have previously been the Director for the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies.  My main affiliation is now with the University of Oslo, where I am a professor at the faculty of Law (Sociology of Law) and writing a legal sociology of humanitarianism. At PRIO, I lead the project "Aid in Crisis? Rights-Based Approaches and Humanitarian Outcomes".  I am also a member of PRIOs new project on Humanitarian Borders.  As part of the BraGS project, I am wrapping up work on an edited volume on "Resettlement as humanitarian governance" with Adele Garnier and Liliana Jubilut. I am continuing my collaboration with Julieta Lemaitre at Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia) on transitional justice and legal mobilization in violent context.  Finally, I continue to work on humanitarian and military technology.

The Political Sociology of Humanitarianism

  • The Law of Humanitarian Action
  • Soft Law and Rules of Engagement (RoE)
  • Legal Mobilization in Violent Context
  • Feminist Legal Studies
  • Transitional Justice

Emergent Military and Humanitarian Technology

  • Regulation of Drones and Robotics
  • Cybersecurity and the Ethics of Big Data
  • The regulatory modalities of technology during crisis
  • Humanitarian Experimentation

Forced Displacement

  • UNHCR
  • Accountability in Refugee Management
  • Resettlement
  • IDP's in Colombia

Background

Personal profiles on other sites

The University of Oslo

LinkedIn

Academia.edu

Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies

Work experience

2009 –Senior Researcher, PRIO
2016 –​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

Education

  • 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 board member of the International Humanitarian Studies association, a deputy board member at NORAGRIC and an editorial board member of Security Dialogue.

Events

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Publications

The following publications are specific to the PRIO GPS Centre. A more complete list is available at www.prio.org.

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

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 Report

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.], PRIO Report, 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], PRIO Report, 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.], PRIO Report, 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], PRIO Report, 9. Colombia: Universidad de los Andes (Justica Global).