Notes on Contributors
Trine Schultz, Professor with special responsibilities in the area of social law, and in particular in the field of intervention by social authorities in cases of families with vulnerable children. She is part of the Social Law Research Centre at the Legal Department at Aalborg University. In her research, she often focuses on problems concerning administrative law in the application of social law. She is the author and co-author of a number of articles and book contributions in the field.
Anne Mørk, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. at the Department of Law, Aalborg University. She wrote her dissertation on children’s rights in social welfare cases with a human rights perspective in 2018, and her research now deals with children’s rights in both a national and international perspective. Her research also includes public administrative law and family law, in which she teaches. Anne Mørk is a member of the Social Law Research Centre at the Department of Law, Aalborg University.
Hanne Hartoft, Associate Professor, Ph.D. at the Department of Law at Aalborg University. Her research interests lie in children and adolescent’s legal position in a modern welfare state. This gives a perspective across traditional legal disciplines. Her research is primary in social welfare law based on national rules and international instruments such as The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, but she also works with criminal law. Hanne often takes a starting point at the rights of children, but she also deals with the responsibility of the public authorities. Since January 2019 Hanne has been a member of The National Council for Children and thereby in the Council for Crime Prevention.
Jesper Lindholm, Associate Professor, Ph.D. (Dr.) in Public International Law, Human Rights and Asylum with the Legal Department of Aalborg University, Denmark (AAU). Co-founder and head of the Research Group on Global and Transnational Law, AAU. Initiator and co-founder of the multi-disciplinary Network for Human Rights Researchers at the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR). Vice-chairperson of the DIHR Board – appointed by AAU. Member of the Board, Dan Church Aid – Act alliance. Member of the Side 391 Danish Refugee Appeals Board 2013-17. Previously employed by Aarhus University, Denmark; the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, Dublin, Kosovo and Pakistan; and by Amnesty International’s Secretariat in London.
Johanna Schiratzki, Professor of welfare law at Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College and a docent in private (family) law. She has previously been a professor of child law at Linköping University and professor of legal science at Stockholm University. Her research is largely framed around the principle of the best interests of the child and covers numerous issues of child, family and welfare law. Schiratzki is frequently involved in interdisciplinary research. She assists the Swedish Government and authorities on child law issue.
Peter Vangsgaard, Associate Professor in Welfare Law and Sociology of Law at Aalborg University. For a number of years, Peter has been a member of the Social Law Research Center, located at the Institute of Law, the Faculty of Social Sciences in Aalborg. For an even longer period Peter has been working on education and research in relation to legal regulation in the social field on VIA University College. His particular interest is the method development and the development of legal theories that can link legal dogmatic and general social theories.
Birgit Feldtmann, Dr.jur from Bremen University and holds a position as professor (mso) in criminal law, criminal procedure and international law enforcement at the Department of Law, Aalborg University. Her professional expertise is in particular on the inter-play between criminal law/criminal justice, human rights and international law with special focus on cross-border and international law enforcement, including law enforcement at sea. She is currently Head of the cross-disciplinary DFF2-research project “Policing at Sea (PolSEA)” under the Independent Research Council of Denmark [Danmarks Frie Forskningsfond]. She is involved in a number of cooperations with other research environments and stake holders; she is for example member of the Board of the Danish Independent Police Investigation Authority [“Politiklageråd”] and is a pro-bono technical expert with DIGNITY – Danish Institute against Torture.
Kirsten Sandberg, Dr.juris, Professor of Law, University of Oslo. She was a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child from 2011 to 2019, serving as the Committee’s chairperson 2013-2015. Her research focus is on child law and children’s rights, including the right to participation, child protection, education law, asylum-seeking children and environmental issues. She Side 392 has served as acting Justice in the Supreme Court of Norway, worked in the Legal Department of the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and been a member of various committees and boards in the public sphere, including under the Norwegian Research Council.
John Klausen, Professor (MSO), Ph.D., is employed at the Department of Law, Aalborg University, where he is part of the social law research environment at the Social Law Research Centre. In his research he mainly deals with social security and Social Law issues. He is the author and co-author of a number of articles and contributions to books in the field.
Maria Hjeds earned her graduate degree in 2018 from the University of Aalborg. She worked as a research assistant in the Family Law, Practices and Policies (FamLapp) cluster until she, as of December 2018, was employed as a Ph.D. student. Maria is working in close connecting with the Family Law Center in both the University of Aalborg and University of Cambridge, UK.
Sandra Cassotta, Associate Professor in International, Environmental and Energy Law at Aalborg University, Department of law. She is appointed Lead Author on Environmental Governance and Polar Regions (Arctic and Antarctic) at the International Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) United Nations. She is specialized in environmental damage and liability problems in a multilevel context and on environmental regime’s effectiveness. Included in her areas of interests are human rights, law of the sea (UNCLOS), and environmental security and energy security.
Guðrún Jóna Guðmundsdóttir, Lawyer with BA degree in Law from Háskólinn í Reykjavík. She graduated with Master in Law from Aalborg University. She also has a Diploma in Practical Icelandic from the University of Iceland.