PhD course in Reproductive Rights

The aim of the course is to teach students about the contents of human rights, and how these rights are applied in the health care system in different settings.

Students will understand the history and context of the more controversial rights of reproduction and sexuality, and how these gender issues influence the interpretation of the rights in different countries.

Students will learn to apply the human rights framework in analyzing policy, and how different institutions (WHO) apply the human rights framework.

Students will understand how the perspective of human rights is applied for different cases like abortion, FGM, reproductive technology and homosexuality and how one can apply other disciplines’ phenomenology and theory to understand conflicts (anthropology, culture, religion history, law and the health services).

Students will learn how reproductive rights can become a field of research.


April 20-24

09.00 – 12.00

13.00 – 16.00


Johanne Sundby: Introduction to the topic

Anne Hellum (Fac. of Law): Reproductive Rights as Linked to Gender Rights

Anne Stensvold (Fac. of Theology): Reproductive Rights and Religion


Eira Bjørvik (Fac. of Medicine): Assisted Reproduction and the History of Rights

Joar Svanemyr (NORAD): Very Young People and Rights- Child Marriages and Reproduction


Abdi Gele (NAKMI): Female Genital Mutilation and Rights to Health

Kristin E. Førde (Fac. of Medicine): Surrogacy: Whose Rights?


Berit Austveg (Health Directorate):Abortion: Legal and Care Issues

Drabo Seydou (Fac. of Medicine): Post-abortion care

Kåre Moen (Fac. of Medicine): Gay and Lesbian Rights and the Right to Health

Helle Nesvold (Municipality of Oslo): Violence and Rape – Access to Services


Eszter Kismödi, (JD, LLLM), International Human Rights Lawyer: Reproductive Rights

Eszter Kismödi, (JD, LLLM), International Human Rights Lawyer: Reproductive Rights

Published Jan. 26, 2015 12:01 PM - Last modified Feb. 23, 2018 10:52 AM