Eva Ryrstedt

Eva Ryrstedt


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I am a LLD and professor in private law.

I teach family law, which is also my primary research interest. I often conduct my research in the interface between social welfare law and family law. I carry out my research from a legal-dogmatic starting-point, frequently in a comparative setting and sometimes in the normative perspective of harmony or conflict, but also with an interdisciplinary perspective and social science methods. I am thus part of international, comparative and interdisciplinary research collaborations and have published my research results in monographs and anthologies, but also in international and national journals. I have served as a visiting research fellow at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia, and visiting professor at Levin College of Law, University of Florida, and also visited many other international universities to conduct different research collaborations. My international research network encompasses senior researchers from inter alia the Nordic countries, Australia, England, the Netherlands and the USA.

I am a member of the Norma Research Programme (http://www.jur.lu.se/norma) since 1998 and is also part of the Norma Elder Law Research Environment (http://www.jur.lu.se/elderlaw) (funded by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg’s Foundation and Ragnar Söderberg’s Foundation) with the research project 'Äldres civila rättigheter och familjen’. The research project studies e.g. how cognitive disabilities in elder persons relate to human rights; particularly to autonomy and protection from abuse. I also cooperate with colleagues in e.g. Perth, Western Australia regarding the application of the best interest of the child, gender neutral marriages, de facto relationships, and elder law.


I am very interested in teaching, and also in pedagogical issues.  I teach family law at different levels of the law program, both at the undergraduate level and at the advanced level and I head the advanced course Family Law in a Comparative and EU-legal perspective  I have also held guest lectures at different international universities, as e.g. Levin College of Law, University of Florida (as mentioned above), where I was one of three teachers in the course Comparative Perspectives in Family Law. I supervise students writing their graduate theses in family law and I also tutor doctoral students, both international ones visiting our faculty and doctoral students employed at the law faculty.



Cooperation with the society around us, is an important part of the functions of Lund University. During my years at the university I have developed many different types of professional contacts both nationally and internationally; with lawyers, judges, other legal experts and civil servants. The contacts are created and upheld through my participation in several different associations, like e.g. the ISFL (International Society of Family Law) and through different talks, which I hold to external interested parties. I also participate, often and in different ways in governmental reports and have been cited not only in academia, but also in both national and international preparatory works.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UKÄ subject classification

  • Law


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