Criminal Law

The research focuses on the national and international criminal law. The research activity is largely focused on criminal liability, as well as how different criminal law sanctions are used most appropriately.

The research of the subject mainly deals with the general part of criminal law, international criminal law, criminal procedural law and sentencing, as well as criminal law philosophy, theory, and politics.

Researchers within the criminal law environment in Uppsala have a tradition of intense and integrated collaboration with researchers in Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. Colleagues from both Swedish universities and foreign colleagues regularly visit the faculty. In addition to this the researchers participate in a number of legislative communities and in other legislative contexts. They also collaborate extensively with practitioners and further training of judges. The researchers strive to maintain a high competence and to publish textbooks, scientific books, articles, and commentaries on laws.

Current research

Fields that have been studied during the last years are, among others: the legal powers of the police and the relationship to the administrative law's standards of power in the law on police, as well as compensation for violation by crime, where the relationship between crime and punishment on the one hand and private law sanctions on the other, are analysed. Conflicts between different criminal law norms is another field of research.

Among the current research a project on oblique intent can be mentioned. Another project deals with the principle of objectivity in police work. Furthermore, extended confiscation and the international criminal procedural aspects of the new regulations on this are studied. Finally, a study on corporate fine deals with its position as a sanction in the borderland between criminal law and administrative law.


Magnus Ulväng


Svenska institutet för straffrättsutveckling (SISU)
Criminalization Project, University of Stirling  


Research Projects

Last modified: 2021-11-22