The research group Family and Children Law, Succession Law, and Law of Persons serves as a forum for academic debate. Members meet regularly for discussions, and participate in and organize workshops, seminars, and other activities. The research group has a broad disciplinary span, and it is an important meeting place for members who also conduct research within other disciplines, such as Civil Procedure Law, Criminal Law and Comparative Law.
The research group’s ambition is to develop research-based knowledge relevant for the practical legal domain, and to conduct internationally high-level research. Research group members disseminate this knowledge through teaching, among other activities, and by giving lectures on these research fields. Part of the research concerns the development of key literature in the field, including course curriculum literature.
Members of the research group in Family and Children Law, Succession Law, and Law of Persons participate in several on-going projects. This site lists some of the projects connected to the research group’s core foci.
Society’s reactions and efforts towards children who break the law.
Ingun Fornes takes part in the project «Society’s reactions and efforts towards children who break the law». The project’s topic is society’s reactions towards children who break the law. This topic operates at the boundaries between criminal justice, child protective services, and mental health care.
Children who commit particularly serious crimes will in most cases have been exposed to risk factors. Circumstances that are regarded as risk factors for crime, will in some cases also be circumstances that realize efforts from the Child Protective Services and/or mental health care institutions. In some cases, the child will already be in contact with part of the support system prior to the verdict in court. The child may have been under protective custody by the Child Protective Services and/or mental health care institutions prior to breaking the law to an extent that realizes detention penalties. The child may also have a need for efforts from the Child Protective Services and/or mental health care institutions while serving the sentence.
The Alternatives to Imprisonment Act opens for sentences being served at an institution or at a hospital. Hence, the convicted child may be transferred to an institution within the jurisdiction of the Child Protective Services, or a psychiatric hospital. The main focus of the project is reactions such as detention and other efforts in criminal justice, Child Protective Services, and mental health care. Ingun’s objective is to analyse the extent to which the different forms of detention and other reactions and efforts are adapted to each other.
The project is divided into three central research strands:
- A comparative study of detention for children who have committed felonies, and where there is a high risk of repeated offense.
- Children who have committed murder
- The Rule of Law and the prohibition of double jeopardy
The project is funded by The Faculty of Law at UiB, and the Kompetansesenter for sikkerhets-, retts og fengselspsykiatri [Competence Centre for Security, Forensic, and Prison Psychiatry] at the Haukeland University, Helse Vest [RHF, the Western Norway Regional Health Authority].
Textbook in Succession Law
Appendix to the Inheritance Act
Thomas Eeg will write an appendix to the Inheritance and administration of Estate Act of 2019 at Lovdata, as a part of a collaboration between Lovdata and Karnov Group Norway. Read more about the collaboration here.
Appendix to provisions in the Marriage Act
Asbjørn Strandbakken is writing an appendix to the provisions on Economic Family Law in the Marriage Act. The appendix is a collaboration between Lovdata og Karnov Group Norway.
Appendix to the Act on Houshold Communities
Asbjørn Strandbakken is writing an appendix to the Act on Household Communities. The appendix is a collaboration between Lovdata og Karnov Group Norway.
The mandate of experts in child welfare cases – An interdisciplinary project
Camilla Bernt takes part in the project “The mandate of experts in child welfare cases – An interdisciplinary project lead by orofessor Annika Melinder at the Universitetet i Oslo, Department of Psychology Studies.