The Swedish Institute of International Law was founded by a donation from the Swedish diplomat Harry Axelsson Iohnson in 1927. The Institute is also called the Harry Axelsson Iohnson Institute.
Mr. Iohnson was of the opinion that peace among nations depended much upon the development of international law and its dissemination to a wider public. In order to promote the scientific study of international law he established this Institute by a donation to the University of Uppsala to be governed by professors in public international law at Faculty of Law.
He also thought that a relationship between those Faculty members and members of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs would be fruitful. This is reflected in the composition of the Board of Directors of the Institute. The Institute pursues a number of activities in order to promote the study of public international law and makes its endeavours known through its publication series, lectures and seminars and other events
At present, the Faculty of Law has three professors in public international law: Iain Cameron, Inger Österdahl and Rebecca Thorburn Stern. The assignment as Director of the Institute rotates among the professors. The Director is the spokesperson of the Institute and serves as coordinator for the public international law milieu at the Faculty.
Seminar due to the invasion of Ukraine
In connection with the invasion of Ukraine, the Swedish Institute for International Law, in cooperation with the Centre for Police Research, invites you to a lunch seminar.
International Law Day
On 24 November, International Law Day took place at the Faculty of Law in Uppsala with support from SIFIR.
Online Conference 20 October: The Refugee Convention - 70 years on.
Welcome to a conference on the UN Refugee Convention.
SIFIR is a proud sponsor of the 2021 European Society of International Law (ESIL) Conference
Held at Stockholm University in September.
The application must have been received no later than 31 August 2021.
The application must have been received no later than 15 June 2021.