Press releases


Schizophrenia does not increase risk of violent crime

20 May, 2009 - Karolinska Institutet

[PRESS RELEASE, 20 May 2009] A new study from the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet and the University of Oxford finds that the severe mental disorder schizophrenia only marginally increases the risk of committing violent crime. Rather, the overrepresentation of individuals with schizophrenia in violent crime is almost entirely attributable to concurrent substance abuse.

Increased risk of injury even after first glass

23 March, 2009 - Karolinska Institutet

[PRESS RELEASE, 23 March 2009] Most alcohol-related damage occurs after moderate consumption, according to a new doctoral thesis from the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet on the association between alcohol and injury.

Who was Jesus?

11 March, 2009 - Göteborgs universitet

The historical person Jesus of Nazareth – beyond the accounts in the creeds and the Gospels, which are all characterized by religious belief – is the focus of Tobias Hägerland’s dissertation from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Jesus’ proclamation of the forgiveness of sins is the key to understanding how he perceived his own identity: as the Prophet-Messiah of the end-time, with a message to the Jewish people in the first century CE.

UN Security Council has a ‘Responsibility to Protect’ human security within states – also by military means

17 December, 2008 - Stockholms universitet

When a state manifestly fails to protect its population against genocide, crimes against humanity, or war crimes, the Security Council has an external ‘Responsibility to Protect’. If the situation is determined to constitute a threat to peace and peaceful means found inadequate, the Council has a right to decide on military intervention according to international law. This is claimed in a doctoral dissertation by Diana Amnéus at the Department of Law, Stockholm University, which will soon be publicly defended.

Female sex offenders often have mental problems

14 May, 2008 - Karolinska Institutet

[PRESS RELEASE, 14 MAY 2008] Women who commit sexual offences are just as likely to have mental problems or drug addictions as other violent female criminals. This according to the largest study ever conducted of women convicted of sexual offences in Sweden.

Punishment more humane than care

1 February, 2008 - Göteborgs universitet

It’s commonly believed that punishment is something uncouth that an enlightened and humane society should minimize or abolish altogether. But the use of punishment­making perpetrators suffer or experience something unpleasant­receives support in a new dissertation from Göteborg University in Sweden.

Environmental legislation meets primordial custom

3 October, 2006 - Luleå tekniska universitet

A new doctoral dissertation at Luleå University of Technology in Sweden focuses on an issue that is controversial, to say the least. It involves the rights and land use of the Saami (Laplanders), and the doctoral candidate Christina Allard compares the legal situation in New Zealand, Canada, and Sweden.

The Uppsala School of Jurisprudence Reconsidered

14 February, 2006 - Stockholms universitet

The Swedish philosopher and professor Axel Hägerström (1868-1939) played an influential role in the history of jurisprudence. The main goal of his investigations into jurisprudence was to make it, and therefore also the study of law, scientific and objective.

EU can deal with crises-if the political will exists

13 December, 2005 -

The EU has a good capacity to deal with crises. Judicially, the Union is well equipped to cope with crises and move on. This was shown during the Austria crisis in 2000. But a well-functioning legal framework is not always enough. To bring about a change it is also necessary to have words backed up by political will.

Let regional organizations prevent genocide

21 October, 2004 - Stockholms universitet

The conflict in Dafur shows that the UN cannot guarantee international peace and security all by itself. The UN Security Council is too splintered to take resolute action to resolve the crisis, and international law does not allow any effective diplomatic alternatives.