Welcome to Department of Law

The study of law is the study of legal rules in society and their adoption, content and application. Constantly changing, legal rules govern private as well as public action. Thus, law is always relevant and knowledge of the law is always in high demand.

The Department of Law offer one of the most modern legal educations in Sweden, where the student's own learning and development is fundamental. We perform legal research in a variety of legal areas, and because our researchers participate in teaching, current research becomes an integral part of the education. The department educates law students in smaller groups than other universities and we can therefore let our students develop in an intimate environment. 

New Master's Programme starting fall of 2018

A new international master's programme in constitutional law and human rights will be offered at the Department of Law this fall. Senior lecturer Markus Naarttijärvi identifies a need for a programme on this theme and is hoping on a mix of viewpoints and experiences that will benefit both Swedish and international students.

Read more here

Department of Law celebrated 40 years

The Swedish Minister for Public Administration, Ardalan Shekarabi, was one of the guest speakers when the Department of Law at Umeå University celebrated 40 years in November 0f 2017. The programme also offered lectures held by the researchers at the department and a moot court held by students. Lawyers, present and former students and researchers from other departments at the university were among the guests.


New Publications



Year sorteringsordning


Perry, Elizabeth

Evidence-Based and Politics-Driven: Comparing Child Support Law Evaluations Across Welfare-State Models (forthcoming)



Perry, Elizabeth
Boström, Viola
Nordvik, Marie

Sweden Norway and the USA: Regulations of and Remedies for Corporal Punishment Against Children



Hjertstedt, Mattias

Kroppsrannsakningar och principen om det lindrigaste ingreppet: En rättsvetenskaplig undersökning av graden av integritetsintrång vid främst kroppsvisitationer och kroppsbesiktningar
Tidsskrift for rettsvitenskap, 131(2-3): 235-271



Brännström, Malin

Samiska markrättigheter i förändring?: Hovrättens dom i Girjas-målet väcker frågor om innebörden av rättigheter till fast egendom
Juridisk Publikation



Holm, Johan
Edström, Örjan
Mannelqvist, Ruth; et al.

Ett hållbart arbetsliv: Arbetsgivares rättsliga ansvar och faktiska åtgärder för förebyggande av ohälsa och rehabilitering
FALF KONFERENS 2018 Arbetet – problem eller potential för en hållbar livsmiljö?   10-12 juni 2018 Gävle: Program och abstracts



Enarsson, Therese
Lindgren, Simon

Free speech or hate speech?: A legal analysis of the discourse about Roma on Twitter
Information & communications technology law



Naarttijärvi, Markus

Balancing data protection and privacy: The case of information security sensor systems
The Computer Law and Security Review



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Student Office information

Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 09.00-11.30.

Monday, October 1 to Friday, October 5 (week 40) the Student Office will be open 13.00-14.00.

International students give Umeå University top marks

Umeå university receives top marks by international students. This is the result of the 2017 International Student Barometer (ISB).

Read more about the survey results