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Anna-Karin Bergman

Anna-Karin Bergman

PhD in Sociology of Law

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Geocentrum 1, Sölvegatan 10, 4th floor

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P.O. Box 170, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden


+46 (0) 46 - 222 80 83




Law, social sustainable development, South Africa, human rights, Legal Empowerment of the poor, mining industry


General description of research

Anna-Karin has a Master in Human Rights Law and a PhD in Sociology of Law from Lund University. Since 2010 she holds a Post Doc in the area of Legal Empowerment of the Poor (LEP) where she focuses on the question: Does Law Matter for Social Sustainable Development. Since 2011 she holds a position as an ESG research fellow (

Research projects

Post Doc (2010)
Anna-Karin holds a Post Doc position in the area of Legal Empowerment of the Poor (LEP). Examples of articles developed within this position include: Climate rights as a new category of rights; and the work of NGOs to increase citizen participation: the case of Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) and the South African mining industry.

Publication list

Peer-reviewed publications

Brandstedt, E. and Bergman, A-K. (2013) ‘Climate Rights – Feasible or Not?’. Environmental Politics, 22:3, 394-409.
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Books and book chapters
Bergman, A-K (2008): The importance of understanding norm-creation processes in the work towards efficient regulations. In: 'Contributions in Sociology of Law: Remarks from a Swedish Horizon, Hydén &Wickenberg eds. Lund Studies in Sociology of Law 29, 2008, pp. 69-76. ISBN 91-7267-276-5.

Bergman. A-K (2009): Law in Progress? A Contextual Study of Norm-Generating Processes - The Example of GMES. Lund Studies in Sociology of Law 30, Lund University, Lund. ISBN 91-7267-284-6.

Bergman. A-K (2009): Participation in a decision-making process: the case of GMES Advisory Council.
In: 'Participative aspects on law - A socio-legal perspective', Baier ed., Lund Studies in Sociology of Law 31,pp. 27-43. ISBN 91-7267-288-9.

Conference papers
Bergman. A-K (2005): To pay or not to pay - That is the question. Paper presented at the 31st International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, St. Petersburg.

Bergman. A-K (2007): A Norm Perspective on Sustainable Development, Paper presented at the Joint Annual Meetings of LSA and the Research Committee on Sociology of Law (RCSL), Berlin, Germany.

Olsson, J & Bergman, A-K (2008): Emerging dilemmas and risks in the changing context of water law,
administration and management in Sweden. Paper presented at the 2008 RCSL Annual Meeting "Law and Justice in the Risk Society", Milan and Como, Italy.

Popular scientific work
Bergman, A-K (2005): Trender inom Rymdrätten, pp. 78-84. Article published in Hjärnstorm nr. 85-86
Kosmos. Producerad på Tidskriftsverkstaden i Stockholm med stöd från Statens Kulturråd, 2005.

Law in Progress? A Contextual Study of Norm-Generating Processes-The Example of GMES.
PhD Thesis in Sociology of Law 2009.

Access to space data. A Luhmann's system analysis perspective of ESA and the EU within the
framework of GMES. BA thesis in Sociology of Law, Lund University, 2004.

Should motherhood have an upper age limit and if so, would that constitute age discrimination?
Master thesis in Human Rights Law, Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Lund University, 2004.

Trends in Space Law. LL.B thesis, Faculty of Law, Lund University 2002.