Terje Einarsen




Faculty of Law

Research groups


Professor of Law (University of Bergen, 2013-)

Ph.d. (Dr juris) in International Law (University of Bergen, 1999)

Master of International Legal Studies (LL.M., Harvard Law School, 1989)

Cand. jur (University of Bergen, 1986)

Senior Research Associate (University of London, 2014-)

Lawyer, Permission to Appear before the Supreme Court (Humlen Advokater AS, Oslo, 2014-), Member of Norwegian Bar Association

Board member, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Norway, 2016-)

Judge (Gulating High Court, Norway, 2000-2013)

Head and Member of the Human Rights Committee (Norwegian Judges' Association, 2006-2013)

Permanent Member of the Grand Chamber (Immigration Board of Appeals, 2005-2010)





1) On Snowden

       Additional items, in Norwegian or Swedish:

2) On Universal Crimes

       Additional items, in Norwegian:

3) On the Refugee Crisis

       Additional items, in Norwegian:

 4) Various other legal and public issues [in Norwegian]





International Criminal Law

Rule of Law and Human Rights

Student's Master Thesis

Supervision, Ph.D.


Selected Publications in English (For selected publications also in Norwegian, choose 'Norwegian' for home page):

Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
Academic commentary
Feature article
Non-fiction book
Reader opinion piece
Academic article
Interview Journal
Article in business/trade/industry journal
Programme participation
Academic lecture
Academic monograph
Doctoral dissertation
Academic anthology/Conference proceedings
Book review
Popular scientific article
Popular scientific lecture
Encyclopedia article
Masters thesis

See a complete overview of publications in Cristin.


Einarsen is head of a long-term research project in international criminal law (ICL):


The 'Universal Crimes Project' is an independent research program founded by Professor Terje Einarsen.

Its purpose is to contribute to the development of laws and mechanisms relevant to combating grave crimes, in compliance with human rights norms and the underlying public interests of international criminal law and criminal justice.

The first output of the Universal Crimes Project is the book:

The Concept of Universal Crimes in International Law, Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher (TOAEP), Oslo, 2012. FICHL Publication Series No. 14 (2012).

This book is the first in a four-part series entitled 'Rethinking the Essentials of International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice'. It concentrates on the twin-concepts of 'international crimes' and 'universal crimes', and the general issues involved in classifying certain offences.

For reviews of the book, see:

Robert J. Currie, in Journal of International Criminal Justice; in Journal of International Criminal Law 12/2014.

Kanya Satwika, in Nordic Journal of Human Rights 01/2013.

A second output is an article drawing on the book:

New Frontiers of International Criminal Law: Towards a Concept of Universal Crimes, Bergen Journal of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, Volume 1, Issue 1, Issue 1, 2013, pp. 1-21.

A third output is a commissioned article entitled Universal Crimes and the CIA Torture Program, published 15 January 2015 at the Expert Desk of the A38 Blog. 

Another output was an international expert conference held in Bergen in April 2014 on universal crimes and leaderships, arranged by Terje Einarsen (Law Faculty, UiB) and Elin Skaar (CMI), see: 

A more recent output is a contribution and forthcoming publication on the crime of aggression, see: 

International Experts' Meeting: The Illegal Use of Force: Reconceptualizing the Laws of War, Washington University Law, Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, St. Louis, USA, September 11.12, 2015

The forthcoming (2016/2017) second volume of the book-series focuses on punishable participation in universal crimes. This book will be co-authored with Dr. Joseph Rikhof, Senior Councel, Manager of the Law, Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Section of the Department of Justice, Canada.

The third and fourth volumes shift attention to the legal consequences of universal crimes: book three focuses on accountability and jurisdiction as important aspects of universal crimes, while the fourth and final book in the series is about fair trial in universal crime cases. The basic research ideas underlying this comprehensive universal crimes project have been developed by the author of this book. The other books are also to be published in cooperation with other analysts.



International Experts' Meeting: The Illegal Use of Force: Reconceptualizing the Laws of War, Washington University Law, Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, St. Louis, USA, September 11.12, 2015

A Nordic Approach to International Law? Oslo, 27-29.08.2015

Accountability for leadership participation in universal crimes and the role of judges, Conference CMI/UiB Bergen 23-24 April 2014

Exclusion from Refugee Status, Workshop/Conference, Amsterdam, 27.03.2015

Grunnlovsreforma i 2014 - Endringar og konsekvensar, Bergen, 02.12.2014

Stortinget, Seminar om forslag til grunnlovsendringer, Oslo 03.11.2014

VAM - konferanse: Migration to Norway -- Flows and regulations, The development of migration regulations in Norway and Europe, Oslo, 23.10.2014.

Palestinere på flukt: Skal Norge være en trygg havn? Oslo 07.10.2014

Menneskerettighetsuken i Bergen: Asylbarn og asylpolitikk - Internasjonalt, nasjonalt og lokalt, Bergen, 24.09.2014  

SKUP-konferansen Tønsberg 2014, foreleser

Bergen - Norsk journalistlag, 28.02.2014

On the Border of Refugee Protection, Refugee Law Initiative, London, 13-14.11.2013

Nordic Asylum Law Seminar 2013, Bergen, 6-7.06.2013

Asylbarn i Norge, Rettigheter - Muligheter - Begrensninger, "Asylbarn og forvaltning i et internasjonalt menneskerettighetsperspektiv", MIKS, Oslo, 21.10.2013.