Francesca Refsum Jensenius

The Norwegian political scientist Francesca R. Jensenius is awarded the 2018 Nils Klim Prize for her research on electoral dynamics, development, and the empowerment of women and minority groups in India and elsewhere.


Cass R. Sunstein

The American legal scholar Cass R. Sunstein is awarded the 2018 Holberg Prize for his wide-ranging, original, prolific and highly influential research in law and related academic fields.


Dahlske Upper Secondary School

Aina Pedersen, Beate Haugen, Helene Storenes, Helene Storsæter, Serina Hansen from Dahlske Upper Secondary School in Aust-Agder, won theHolberg Prize School Project 2017.

Upcoming events

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Monday 4. June 2018
The 2018 Nils Klim Laureate Francesca R. Jensenius presents her research and discusses the use of electoral quotas in India with Pradeep Chhibber, Pratap Mehta and Anne Waldrop.
Monday 4. June 2018
The Holberg Prize has invited five Nordic PhD candidates to discuss the topic "What to do about Human Error" with Holberg Laureate Cass Sunstein in Bergen on 4 June.
Tuesday 5. June 2018
Can democracies arrive at truth – and if so, through which mechanisms?

News Holberg Prize

A record 49 applications were received for this year's Masterclass. From these, six PhD candidates from Nordic universities have been selected to discuss "What to do about human error" with 2018 Holberg Laureate Cass Sunstein on 4 June.

We are pleased to welcome everyone to the Holberg Week, 2018. In addition to award ceremonies, there will be academic events featuring this year's Laureates, Cass Sunstein and Francesca R. Jensenius, as well as high-profile international scholars. Several of the events will be livestreamed, see the links for each event.

Nils Klim Prize News

In 2011, Jørn Jacobsen was awarded the Nils Klim Prize for his research into Norwegian criminal law. In this interview from 2017 he talks about why he chose an academic career, the value of legal theory, and challenges in criminal law.

"I am interested in how laws and regulations that are meant to promote justice or equality work in practice. How quickly can we see changes in society?" says Nils Klim Laureate Francesca R. Jensenius.