Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

Research Professor in Humanitarian Studies

Additional positions:

Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo

Research Interests

What I am doing at the moment: Spring 2020:
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 anthropology, 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, the rise of humanitarian data superplatforms and tracking devices.  I am also part of the project on Humanitarian Borders, where I do research on criminalization and lawfare in the humanitarian space.  In 2020, I will also focus on the ethics of legal technology, access to justice and SDG 16.3.

Personal profiles on other sites

The University of Oslo


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


  • 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, the independent ethics advisory board for the EU Human Brain project, the advisory group for the Humanitarian Innovation fund, and an editorial board member of Security Dialogue.

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