Criminal Law

Criminal Law research questions cover a broad field. They can be about what legally characterises a crime in general, but also about specific crimes or groups of crimes of particular interest. Much attention is also paid to the various sanctions. However, research in Criminal Law also involves more fundamental, theoretical and philosophical questions.

Criminal Law researchers in Uppsala have traditionally enjoyed intensive and integrated cooperation with researchers in the Nordic countries and the rest of Europe. Colleagues from both Swedish universities and foreign colleagues regularly visit the faculty. Researchers are also involved in several legislative committees and similar tasks. In addition, there is extensive cooperation with practitioners and continuing education of judges. The researchers strive to maintain a high level of expertise in Swedish Criminal Law and to contribute to the supply of knowledge through, among other things, textbooks, monographs, articles and legal commentaries.

Current research

Areas studied in recent years have included economic crime and the relationship between criminal and private law, focusing on Chapters 8 and 10 of the Criminal Code. As regards the system of sanctions, research has been carried out on some of the specific legal effects of crime, in particular confiscation and corporate fines (and related issues of criminal liability of legal persons). In addition, a study of intent and its relation to the attitude of indifference has been carried out. In the past, the concept of co-perpetration and joint enterprise has also been examined from a legal-dogmatic point of view.

Ongoing research includes a project on issues related to the new role of the victim in Swedish Criminal Law, contradictions between theory and practice, the "general legal consciousness" and similar issues (Hellström). In addition, two projects have recently been launched, one on money laundering (Almkvist) and one on the importance of the victim's own risk-taking in the attribution of criminal liability. The aim of the latter project is to examine the impact on the assessment of responsibility when the victim of an undesirable consequence has voluntarily taken a significant risk (Arnemo Björk). A project to be completed shortly concerns the doctrine of complicity, in the broad sense, in relation to so-called international crimes (Ingeson). Another project to be completed shortly concerns the role of the principle of humanity (parsimony) in sentencing and how it relates to the principle of relative proportionality (Ulväng).


Magnus Ulväng


Center for Police Research

Research Projects

Last modified: 2023-10-10