Child law

The main purpose of the research group for children's rights is to strengthen research cooperation in children's rights and to create a good environment for the development of research projects. In addition, the aim is to strengthen the participants' own research competence. The research group has organized several international events, most recently a spring 2018 workshop on Children's Constitutional Rights in the Nordic Countries. The project resulted in an edited volume, published open access at Brill:


The research group will in the coming years work on the project Children's Right to Health. The project, with a cost limit of about NOK 16 million, has been awarded NOK 11,213,000, - from the Research Council of Norway, FRIPRO, and will run over four years from 2020. In the project, we will employ one postdoc and two research fellows.

The research group's members work on a variety of topics in the field of children's law. Included are:  topics regarding the relationship between children and parents, child welfare law (especially issues of cohabitation and adoption), procedural questions (especially about mediation in family conflicts), coercive measures, health law issues concerning children and children's human rights, and the principle of the best interests of the child for foreign children in matters of stay on humanitarian grounds and on deportation.

The research also includes ongoing cases before the European Court of Human Rights on Norwegian child welfare.

The members of the group participate in International, Nordic and national research-networks.

Students writing master's thesis on children's rights are welcome to contact the group.