Eva-Maria Svensson is Professor of law at the Department of Law, University of Gothenburg and in 2005-2015 she was Professor of law at the Faculty of Law, University of Tromsø. Since 2012 she is also the director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Research (GIG) at the University of Gothenburg. She was awarded a LL.D. at the same university in 1997 after completing and defending her dissertation Genus och rätt [Gender and Law]. En problematisering av föreställningen om rätten. Her research interests are legal theories and methods, epistemology, philosophy of law, freedom of expression, gender equality, gender legal studies, critical legal studies and indigenous studies.
In 2013-2016 Svensson directs the interdisciplinary research project “Market Driven and Democracy Driven Freedom of Expression” at the University of Gothenburg which centers on the question of whether democracy and free speech are promoted by a strengthened constitutional protection of commercial messages. She is engaged in The TUARK Network on Gender Equality in the Arctic, coordinated by the Forum for Studies on Law and Society at Umeå University, which focuses on gender equality in the Arctic and involves researchers from seven of the eight Arctic nations. Crucial in this research is the demarcation line between law and politics. She is also part of The Nordic Research Network for Sámi and Indigenous Peoples’ Law (NORSIL) based at the University of Tromsø.
Svensson’s publications include “Sami Legal Scholarship: The Making of a Knowledge Field” (in Indigenous Rights in Scandinavia, Ashgate, to be published in 2015), “Gender Challenges and Human Capital in the Arctic” (co-authored, in Arctic Yearbook, NRF, 2014), “De lege interpretata – om behovet av metodologisk reflection [– On the Need for Methodological Reflection]” (Juridisk publikation, 2014), “Genusrättsvetenskap och juridiska metoder [Gender Legal Studies and Legal Methods]” (in Juridisk metodlära, Studentlitteratur, 2013) and Genusrättsvetenskap [Gender Legal Studies] (Studentlitteratur, 2009, co-authored).