UNHCR and the Syrian refugee response: negotiating status and registration in Lebanon

Maja Janmyr (2017)

When a host state rejects the international refugee law regime, yet faces an unprecedented number of refugees, how does the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) execute its mandate to provide international protection to these refugees? This paper seeks to attend to this pertinent issue by focusing on the role and practice of UNHCR […]

Pathways to permanence in England and Norway: A critical analysis of documents and data

Marit Skivenes (University of Bergen) and June Thoburn (University of East Anglia) (2017)

Published in Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 67, 2016, pp. 152-160. The English language term ‘permanence’ is increasingly used in high income countries as a ‘short-hand’ translation for a complex set of aims around providing stability and family membership for children who need child welfare services and out-of-home care. From a scrutiny of legislative […]

Child welfare workers’ experiences of obstacles in care order preparation: a cross-country comparison

Ida Juhasz (University of Bergen) and Marit Skivenes (University of Bergen) (2017)

Published in European Journal of Social Work, 2016 This paper examines the significant obstacles that child protection workers in four countries, England, Finland, Norway and the USA (CA), believe they would face at their workplace, in a case of a child removal decision. There are many potential barriers employees may experience in their work practice, […]

The role and function of the spokesperson in care order proceedings: A cross-country study in Finland and Norway

Rosi Enroos (University of Tampere), Hege Helland (University of Bergen), Tarja Pösö (University of Tampere), Marit Skivenes (University of Bergen) and Milfrid Tonheim (University of Bergen) (2017)

Published in Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 74, 2017, pp- 8-16. The article explores the spokesperson’s role and function when representing children in care order proceedings in Norway and Finland. The Norwegian and Finnish child welfare systems share many similarities in international comparisons – they both have a family-service approach with a strong recognition […]

Citizens’ views in four jurisdictions on placement policies for maltreated children

Marit Skivenes and June Thoburn (2017)

Published in Child & Family Social Work (2017). Citizens’ opinions on child protection public policy are a key dimension of the legitimacy of a political order. We have conducted a survey vignette on a representative sample of citizens (N = 4,003) in England, Finland, Norway, and California, USA. The findings show that citizens’ opinions are […]

A Cross-Country Comparison of Child Welfare Systems and Workers’ Responses to Children Appearing to be at Risk or in Need of Help

Written by Jill Berrick, Jonathan Dickens, Tarja Pösö and Marit Skivenes (2017)

Published in Child Abuse Review (2017). This paper compares how frontline staff in four national child welfare systems and policy contexts – Finland, Norway, England and the USA (specifically, California) – respond to questions about a scenario of possible harm to children. The countries have different child welfare systems that we anticipated would be reflected […]

Demokrati i forfall

Lise Rakner (2017)

Agenda Magasin, Akademisk Spalte, 30.10.17 Demokratiet er ingen selvfølge og kan forvitre foran øynene på oss om vi ikke er våkne. Forskere, journalister og aktivister verden over synes å være enige om at den liberale demokratimodellen nå er under sterkt press. I Afrika, Latin-Amerika og Asia, samt USA og Europa, ser vi en paradoksal utvikling: […]

Bringing Law into the Political Sociology of Humanitarianism

Kjersti Lohne, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (2017)

Over the past few years, the study of humanitarianism has emerged as an interdisciplinary subfield in international political sociology. This article maps out some preliminary ideas about the role of legal sociology in this project. The study of international humanitarian law has overwhelmingly been the terrain of doctrinal legal scholars, while the apparent lack of […]

No Country of Asylum: ‘Legitimizing’ Lebanon’s Rejection of the 1951 Refugee Convention

Maja Janmyr (2017)

How do States ‘legitimize’ their non-ratification of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees? This article examines the case of Lebanon, a country frequently hailed by the international community for its generosity towards refugees, and currently hosting the highest number of refugees in […]

Manipulating Courts in New Democracies

Andrea Castagnola (2017)

Release date: September 29th, 2017 When can the Executive manipulate the composition of a Court? What political factors explain judicial instability on the bench? Using original field data from Argentina’s National Supreme Court and all twenty-four Provincial Supreme Courts, Andrea Castagnola develops a novel theory to explain forced retirements of judges. She argues that in developing […]