Eva Ryrstedt


Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Law


I am a LLD and professor in private law, vice dean (education) and Chairman of the Educational Committee of the Law Faculty Board. I am also a member of the Faculty Board, a member of the Lund University Committee of Education and a member of the Board of Campus Helsingborg.

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. Furthermore, I am part of an interdisciplinary project about experienced respectively communicated physical and psychological violence in close relationships. 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. This interest is presently mainly conducted through my being the vice dean for the education at the law faculty. 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 courses Family Law in a Comparative and EU-legal perspective and Family and Work in Balance: Children’s and Parents’ Basic Rights. 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 intermittently tutor doctoral students, both international ones visiting our faculty and doctoral students employed at the law faculty.

As the vice dean, I am the project leader/chairing the steering group, for different types of quality enhancing development projects at the law faculty, as e.g. the implementation of digital exams, the course on communication and the project of professional training.


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.

Recent research outputs

Eva Ryrstedt, 2019 Jan, Lexino. Stockholm: Karnov Group

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Titti Mattsson, Ann Numhauser-Henning, Eva Ryrstedt & Mia Rönnmar, 2017, Festskrift till Christina Moell. Tjernberg, M., Rendahl, P. & Wenander, H. (eds.). Lund: Juristförlaget i Lund, p. 219-237 19 p.

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