Lund University, Sweden
Lund University is the largest institution of research and higher education in Scandinavia. It has eight faculties including engineering, science, law, social sciences, economics, medicine, humanities & theology performing arts, and several research centers and specialized schools. It is a research-intensive university with over 3500 active researchers. The University has significant experience in EU Research and has participated in over 1000 projects over the years. Lund University researchers were involved in 315 FP7 projects, in all areas of research, and coordinated 20 of them. The Department of Sociology of Law is an independent institution within the Faculty of Social Sciences. Today 25 persons are employed at the department. The department runs bachelor studies in the sociology of law, runs a criminology program jointly with the department of sociology, and runs a master program in the sociology of law. Every year, around 175 students finalize their exams in sociology of law. The welfare state and its regulation have traditionally been a key focus of research of the department. Special attention has been given to welfare state institutions within the health and social welfare analyzed through the lenses of rights, discrimination, gender, and social norms. Lately, the welfare state approach has been complemented by special attention to social and legal norms, the plurality of legal cultures, and civil society.