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New honorary doctors in law at Lund University

Hans Nordegaard, Sylvaine Laulom, Anne Ruth Mackor
Hans Nordegaard, Sylvaine Laulom, Anne Ruth Mackor

Advocate General Sylvaine Laulom, Cour de Cassation, France, Professor Anne Ruth Mackor, University of Groningen, and Assistant Professor Anders Nordgaard, Linköping University, have been appointed honorary doctors at the Faculty of Law at Lund University.

Sylvaine Laulom

Sylvaine Laulom (born 1967) is Advocate General in the Social Chamber of Cour de Cassation in France. Before she came into office at the Court in early 2019, she held a position as Professor of Private Law at Université Lumière Lyon II. There, she was the Director of the cross disciplinary Institut d’Études du Travail de Lyon (IETL) and was part of the research team of the multidisciplinary Centre de Recherches Critiques sur le Droit (CERCRID). Laulom was awarded her PhD 1996 at the European University Institute in Florence. Her research interest are mainly national and comparative labour law, and the social policy area of EU law. Laulom is an internationally acknowledged researcher displaying a significant amount of awareness of the political context that interacts with the legal development in EU and the European countries. In addition, she possesses an extraordinary ability to develop comparative and cross-disciplinary scientific approaches to law by bringing together people from different countries and different disciplines in the research arena.

For more than ten years, Laulom has closely collaborated with Jenny Julén Votinius and Ann Numhauser-Henning, as well as with other members of the Norma research programme. She was a driving force in the creation of the comprehensive research network Independent Network for Labour Law and Crisis Studies (INLACRIS) with labour law researchers from many European countries, including Sweden. Under the leadership of Laulom, the network has since 2010 carried out several EU-funded research projects on the development of European labour law. Collaboration and co-authorship has also taken place within the framework of the European network of legal experts in gender equality – where Laulom for many years was the national expert in the same time as researchers from the Norma research programme – as well as in other projects in the area of discrimination law.

Anne Ruth Mackor

Anne Ruth Mackor (born 1960) is professor of law at the University of Groningen. Mackor is a researcher and teacher in philosophy of law, and her research covers a wide area of different philosophical issues, including the autonomy and independence of judges, the concept of legal validity, liberalism in penal law, descriptive and normative statements in legal doctrine, animal rights, the right to euthanasia, empathy in the law, the concept of truth in penal procedure, the probability of recidivism, the use of naked statistical evidence, the presumption of innocence, intuition and inference to the best explanation, coherence in legal evidence, and the relevance of neuro science for penal responsibility. In recent years, Mackor’s research has been dedicated to the theory of legal evidence, and she has made important contributions to the development of the Dutch Scenario Theory.

Mackor is chairman of The North Sea Group (NSG), an international network for research on legal evidence with scholars from the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Mackor was one of the founders of the NSG, and the research network has played an important role for international collaboration in the field of legal evidence.

Anders Nordgaard

Anders Nordgaard (born 1962) is assistant professor of statistics at Linköping University, and a forensic specialist at the Swedish National Forensic Centre (NFC). He has contributed, in research and practice, to the development of Bayesian methodology for forensic evidence. Nordgaard has published several articles on the use of the so-called likelihood ratio in the evaluation of legal evidence, and is Editor-in-Chief of the leading scientific journal Law, Probability and Risk, published by Oxford University Press.  Nordgaard has played a leading role in a reformation of forensic methodology that has improved the precision and transparency of forensic evaluations in the Swedish legal system.

Nordgaard has a strong association to the Faculty of Law at Lund University, and is involved in research as well as teaching. He is currently participating in a research project on robustness in forensic evidence, devised as a partnership between Lund University and the NFC, and has, for many years, participated as a much-appreciated guest lecturer in the course on legal evidence.