Karsten Åström

Karsten Åström

Professor emeritus

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Research Areas

  • Expert Knowledge in Court
  • Welfare Regulation and Implementation
  • Professions Applying Law

Current Research

Karsten Åström and Eva Friis are researching Expert knowledge as a basis for judicial decisions - A study of professional knowledge transferred to and used by lawyers when making decisions in court, financed by VR.

The overall aim is to analyse Swedish court decisions in three types of cases; social assistance, crimes against life and health and decisions related to the Planning and Building Act. The overall research question is how professional knowledge, based in sources other than sources of law and produced by other methods than legal methods, are being transferred to and used by lawyers in judicial decision-making.

Karsten Åström is also currently taking part in "The Professional Landscape" (Thomas Brante, VR), focusing together with Kerstin Svensson on professions related to social control and regulation.


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