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Umeå universitet
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Bergling's research focuses on international and national ideologies, concepts and approaches to legal (rule of law) and security sector reform in developing, transition and post-crisis environements; anti-corruption; and Asian comparative law.

Current Research

Bergling's reserch focuses (with grants from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sarec et.al.) on legal, judicial and security sector reform (rule of law) policies and experiences in developing, transition and post-crisis environements. It also analyses the organization and methodology of rule of law activities carried out under a coercive international law mandate by transitional authorities, e.g. OHR, UNMIK, and UNTAET.

Bergling also pursues a research project focusing on international strategies to fight corruption and organised crime. This project is done in co-operation with the Department of Euroasian Studies, Uppsala University, and the Faculty of Law, Concordia Audentes University, Tallinn.

Bergling leads a national research team in analysing concepts and methods for promoting rule of law principles in the the work of the public administration in developing and post-crisis environments. The project focuses both on national strategies and priorities for public administration reform, and international support to such processes.   

A recently started project funded by Swedish government grant analyses the linkages between the doctrines of Human Security, Poverty Eradication and Rule of Law. Particular attention is paid the the envisaged role of law in attaining the so called UN Millenium Goals. 

Previous Research

Bergling has a Ph.D. in Law (Legal Reform and Private Enterprise, 1999) and several publications in International Law, Human Rights, Comparative Law and Rule of Law-related topics, including "Rule of Law on the International Agenda", Intersentia: Antwerpen and Oxford, 2006.

Most of Bergling's reserch in comparative and international law has focused on Asian law, more specifically the legal and judicial systems of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, China and Timor Leste. Constitutional, administrative and criminal law reform processes, as well as court reforms, have been in focus.  

Before joining the Department of Law, Bergling worked two years as Rule of Law Advisor with the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the international agency overseeing the implementation of the Dayton Agreement and its annexes. In this capacity, Bergling was responsible for formulating policies and strategies for OHR’s judicial reform and rule of law activities, including the development of the Comprehensive Judicial Reform Strategy for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bergling spent the academic year of 2004 with the University of Washington School of Law as Garvey, Schubert and Barer Visiting Professor of Asian Law.

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