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Morten Kjaerum
Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
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Summary

In this episode of the ACUNS Professional Development podcast series, co-host Alistair Edgar joins Morten Kjaerum, head of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Sweden, to discuss the Institute’s history and core thematic priority areas. As Kjaerum explains, the Institute was named for Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who created a protection regime to protect Jews during the Second World War. The Institute, which was founded 31 years ago as an offspring of Lund University, has focused on world-class research and outreach. Kjaerum outlines the institution’s thematic priorities as described in 4 key concepts: i) development of inclusive societies, ii) economic globalization and human rights, iii) rights of people on the move (migrants and refugees), and iv) fair justice delivery. The implementation of a human rights framework is crucial to the establishment of an inclusive society, as well as an end to the “us and them” dichotomy. These thematic priorities have been pertinent to the Institute’s programs “aimed at advancing the practical application of human rights and humanitarian law.” In discussing these principles, Kjaerum emphasizes the need to develop further and more fully, economic and social rights, and the links between human rights and corruption.

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The Raoul Wallenberg Institute

About Morten Kjaerum
“Morten Kjaerum has been Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Sweden since 2015…He is currently also Chair of The Board of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)…

Mr. Kjaerum has been involved since 1991 in human rights capacity building projects with governments and national institutions in all parts of the world. From 1986 until today, he has written extensively on issues related to a number of human rights.” (source)

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Recorded December 2015

Feature Image Photo Credit: Raoul Wallenberg Institute