Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

Research Professor in Humanitarian Studies

Interests and experience

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 professorat 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 Borders, Co-duties and RegulAir-projects.

Personal profiles on other sites

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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