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New thesis studies conditions for bank aid in the EU

5 December, 2011 - Lunds universitet

Because of the major importance of banks for the financial system, the European Commission’s application of the rules on state aid has become more flexible. But should all banks in financial difficulties receive support? Catrin Karlsson from the Lund University School of Economics and Management, Sweden, has studied this question in her thesis in business law. The results entail both good and bad news for banks.

Stockholm Prize in Criminology to be Awarded for Global Research on Crime Victims

17 November, 2011 -

The 2012 Stockholm Prize in Criminology has been awarded to Professor Jan van Dijk of the University of Tilburg, The Netherlands, for his sustained leadership of the International Crime Victims Survey (ICVS) since 1989. Professor van Dijk will receive the prize at a ceremony in Stockholm on June 12, 2012.

Juvenile delinquency linked to higher suicide risk

14 September, 2011 - Karolinska Institutet

[PRESS RELEASE 2011-09-14] Criminality can be an indicator of a higher risk of suicide in young people. A new study from Karolinska Institutet and the National Board of Health and Welfare in Sweden shows that repeat offenders between the ages of 15 and 19 are three times more likely to commit suicide than young people who have not been convicted for a crime during these years.

The varied history of Sweden’s courthouses

22 February, 2011 - Göteborgs universitet

Although the courts are among society’s fundamental institutions, few researchers have looked at their spatial design. Eva Löfgren from the University of Gothenburg has now studied the buildings where the old rural district courts held session. She has also surveyed how the use of the courthouses has evolved over time.

Bipolar disorder does not increase risk of violent crime

7 September, 2010 - Karolinska Institutet

[PRESS RELEASE 7 September 2010] A new study from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet suggests that bipolar disorder – or manic-depressive disorder – does not increase the risk of committing violent crime. Instead, the over-representation of individuals with bipolar disorder in violent crime statistics is almost entirely attributable to concurrent substance abuse.

Defendant’s gender affects length of sentence

25 May, 2010 - Stockholms universitet

A study of 300 simulated court cases shows that experienced judges, lay assessors, prosecutors, police officers, and lawyers make decisions and convict defendants differently depending on whether they are men or women and what the defendant looks like. Eyewitnesses to crimes are also affected by these factors. This is especially pronounced if there is an extended period of time separating the crime and the testimony. This is what Angela S. Ahola, Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, shows in her dissertation.

New technique enables drugs tests via exhaled breath

19 May, 2010 - Karolinska Institutet

[PRESS RELEASE, 19 May 2010] A new study from Karolinska Institutet presents a new technique that makes drug testing possible through exhaled air for the first time. By examining people who had received emergency care for an amphetamine overdose, the researchers found that in all cases there were traces of amphetamine and metamphetamine in the exhaled breath.

JIBS researchers receive 7 million

11 January, 2010 - Jönköping University

In fierce competition, three project applications from Jönköping International Business School have been awarded research grants from the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation.

New DNA method makes it easier to trace criminals

29 October, 2009 - Lunds universitet

DNA samples often convict criminals. But many of today’s forensic tests are so polluted by soil, tobacco and food remains, for example, that they can not be used. Now researchers at Lund University in Sweden, working together with the Swedish National Laboratory of Forensic Science, SKL, have improved a critical part of the analysis process. The first findings, published in the latest issue of the journal Biotechniques, indicate that the new method strengthens the DNA analysis so that previously negative samples yield positive and usable DNA profiles.