University of Oslo

The Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR) is a multidisciplinary Centre at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. With a turnover of NOK 40 million, its activities are based upon research and teaching, in addition to the activities as a host for several international programmes. NCHR is internationally recognised as a leading research institution in the field of human rights with research staff including lawyers, political scientists, social anthropologists, social geographers and philosophers. The NCHR is responsible for editing the Nordic Journal of Human Rights. The NCHR’s two-year Master programme ‘The Theory and Practice of Human Rights’ is well-established. NCHR is also involved in the teaching of human rights and international humanitarian law for law students and other students at the University of Oslo. NCHR’s International Department is funded through an agreement with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Department is thematically organised.


Role in ASILE

The ASILE team at the University of Oslo consists of Prof. Maja Janmyr, Prof. Cathryn Costello and Dr M Sanjeeb Hossain. The University of Oslo leads WP4 on Refugee Recognition, Self-Reliance and Rights. In WP4 they are joined by Dr Lewis Turner from Newcastle University.

Team Members

Maja Janmyr

ASILE Work package Leader –WP4 Refugee Recognition, Self-reliance and Rights

Short biography

Maja Janmyr is Professor in International Migration Law at the Norwegian Center for Human Rights. She studies how refugees and other migrants understand and engage with legal norms and institutions, and how International Refugee Law in particular is interpreted and implemented in local contexts. She has worked extensively on refugee rights in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Lebanon. Janmyr is also PI of the research project “Protection without Ratification? International Refugee Law beyond States Parties to the 1951 Refugee Convention (BEYOND)”, funded by a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant (2021-2025), as well as the project “Refugees and the Arab Middle East: Protection in States Not Party to the Refugee Convention (REF-ARAB)”, funded by the Research Council of Norway’s FRIPRO-program (2019-2023).

Cathryn Costello

ASILE Researcher

Short biography

Cathryn Costello is Professor II (20% visiting appointment) at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, and Andrew W Mellon Associate Professor in International Human Rights and Refugee Law, at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford and.  Her research spans international and EU migration and asylum law, including its interactions with labour law. She is also the contributed to several studies for the European Parliament and the UNHCR (most recently on Article 31 of the Refugee Convention).   In 2018, she commenced her individual ERC-funded project entitled Refugees are Migrants (RefMig – (716968), on mobility, status and rights of refugees, which includes a strand on international organisations in the refugee and migration regimes, and a strand entitled Recognising Refugees on the diverse modes of refugee recognition in the EU, Kenya, Lebanon, South Africa and Turkey.

M. Sanjeeb Hossain

ASILE Researcher

Short biography

Sanjeeb Hossain is a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR), Oslo University where writes and researches about the Rohingya refugee crisis through the prism of recognition, rights and self-reliance. In the recent past, Sanjeeb was a Teaching Fellow, and Commonwealth Scholar at the Warwick Law School where he completed his doctoral studies during which he assessed the legality and legitimacy of the International Crimes Tribunals (ICTs) of Bangladesh. Sanjeeb conducts research and writes mainly in the areas of criminal law, constitutional law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, transitional justice, legal history and politics.