Civil and Criminal Procedural Law
Civil and criminal procedural law as a research subject covers court proceedings, arbitration, enforcement proceedings, and proceedings in bankruptcy, but also procedures and methods for conflict management in general. The research is currently focused on questions about the courts’ role in society, European procedural law, reforms in the Rättegångsbalk (Code of Civil and Criminal Procedure), arbitration, and alternative forms of conflict resolution.
The last few years the clear tendency has been that research in civil and criminal procedural law is becoming more and more cross-disciplinary. It is partly showing in that research projects to a larger extent than earlier integrate non-juridical fields, such as sociology, psychology, theory of science, and decision-making theory, and partly showing in intra-disciplinary projects, in which civil and criminal procedural law is combined with patent law, family law, substantive European law, and criminal law. The administrative procedure is also included in civil and criminal procedural law research projects to a larger extent than before.
The subject of civil and criminal procedural law in Uppsala is traditionally strongly founded and represented in formal international collaboration, in both Scandinavia as well as in Europe and the world. Furthermore, there is a number of close individual and group research collaborations in progress. For example the close collaboration between Uppsala University and the faculties of law in Zürich, Vienna, and Ljubljana, which during 2010 resulted in a colloquium in Uppsala, and the anthology ”The Principle of Party Autonomy, Franz Klein and more” (Uppsala 2011).
Current research projects concern subjects such as review permission, the relationship between solicitors and the state, the procedural position of children, res judicata in patent procedures, conciliation, and parallel proceedings. Research is also carried out on the criminal procedural concept of offence, global assessments, and weighing-ups on interest and conflicting views. European law’s increased and increasing significance in procedural law in Uppsala is clearly marked in the projects “Offence identity in cross-border crime in the EU” and in”Cross-border taking of evidence”.