Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 1998
    Professor (Chair) of Private International Law and International Civil Procedure, Uppsala University, Sweden

  • Since 2014
    President of the Board of the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond)

  • 1999 – 2015
    Legal Counsellor, Swedish Ministry of Justice;

  • 1995 – 1998
    Legal Adviser, Swedish Ministry of Justice;

  • 1989
    LLD, Uppsala University, Sweden;

  • 1983
    LL.Lic., Helsinki University, Finland;

  • 1981
    Qualified as judge, Finland;

  • 1977
    LL.M., Helsinki University, Finland.

    Postgraduate and postdoctoral studies in the USA and Germany

Selected publications

  • Women's Human Rights and the Elimination of Discrimination, Brill Nijhoff 2016 (edited and supervised together with H. Tigroudja), 812 pp.;

  • The Child's Interests in Conflict: The Intersections between Society, Family, Faith and Culture, Intersentia 2016;

  • Principles of European Family Law (three volumes, published between 2002-2013, together with several other authors);

  • Foreign Law in National Courts – A Comparative Perspective. In: Recueil des Cours, Vol. 304 (2003) pp. 181-385;

    Familj – religion – rätt. Iustus Förlag 2010 (together with A. Singer and A. Schlytter);

  • Svensk domstol och utländsk rätt, Iustus Förlag,1997 (388 pp.);

  • Parsautonomi och efterlevande makes rättsställning, Iustus Förlag 1989, 434 pp.

Selected projects

  • Commission on European Family Law, since 2001 (A pan-European research group working on harmonization of European family law in the form of European Principles)

  • The Impact of Religion: Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy, since 2007

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • President of the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond) since 2014. In that capacity: chair of the programme committee of the RJ; chair of the chairmen's committee; chair of the executive committee of the RJ

  • Elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, since 2014

  • Numerous appointments as panel member to evaluate, in particular, research in law (all disciplines) at universities in Norway, Finland, Sweden

  • In addition: specific appointments in Belgium and New Zealand

  • Panelist or opponent in several doctoral defenses in various countries

  • Membership in numerous law commissions in Sweden


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