Maja Janmyr is Professor of International Migration Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, and a Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre of the University of Oxford. She holds a PhD in international law from the University of Bergen. Prof. Janmyr’s work focuses broadly on the international refugee regime, and has published widely on historical and socio-legal issues relating to refugees and other migrants in Lebanon. She leads several large research projects, and currently holds a prestigious Starting Grant (2021-2026) from the European Research Council for the project “Protection without Ratification? International Refugee Law beyond States Parties to the 1951 Refugee Convention (BEYOND)”, as well as a FRIPRO grant (2019-2023) from the Research Council of Norway for the project “Refugees and the Arab Middle East: Protection in States Not Party to the Refugee Convention (REF-ARAB)”. For the University of Oslo, she also leads a work package on the H2020 consortium project “Global Asylum Governance and European Union's Role” (ASILE).
Prof. Janmyr is the recipient of several awards and recognitions, including the Fridtjof Nansen medal of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in 2022, the University of Oslo's Award for young researchers in 2021, the Chr. Michelsen Prize for outstanding development research in 2018, and the Meltzer Prize for young researchers in 2014. She has held visiting fellowships at the Geneva Graduate Institute (2022), the American University of Beirut (2015-17) and the American University in Cairo (2014). She is a former (elected) member of the Young Academy of Norway, the University of Oslo’s Scholars at Risk Committee, and the Prize Committee of the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights. Currently, she is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Refugee Law, the leading journal in the field, as well as the on the advisory board of the Gerda Henkel Foundation’s Program on Forced Migration.
Issues of Expertise
Migration, Refugees, United Nations, International Law
Countries of Expertise
Middle East, Lebanon, Egypt
English, French, Scandinavian