Ingvill Thorson Plesner

Researcher and Network Coordinator
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Phone +47 22 84 21 00
Mobile phone +47 97 72 82 90

Fields of research:

Plesner has initiated and is coordinating
a) the Minority network
b) a research project on experiences of refugees from Iraq and Syria (with Alexa Døving)
c) the development of an international online course on minority rights

As part of this work, Plesner has the main responsibility for a two-day international conference on "Minority rights in conflict-ridden societies" on June 18th and 19th 2018, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

Read more about these Projects which are part of the Center’s strategy to strengthen its work in the international human rights field, all funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) for the period 2017-2019, coordinated by Ellen Stensrud.

In addition to national and international publications, Plesner has developed a number of academic courses in the field of human rights, religion and minority issues, including the massive open online course on “Mass migration and human rights: Legal and ethical dilemmas”, initiated and directed research projects and edited publications in these fields.

Plesner’s previous and current reseach fields include:

  • Minority rights in conflict-ridden societies
  • Freedom of religion and rights of minorities in Europe
  • Human rights education
  • Root causes of mass migration and rights of refugees


PhD dissertation:

“Freedom of religion or belief: A quest for state neutrality?" University of Oslo, Faculty of Law / Sorbonne, Ecole Pratiques des Hautes Etudes, Paris 2008



Selected publications:

Plesner, Ingvill T., Alexa Døving and Nik Brandal, eds (2017):  "Nasjonale minoriteter og urfolk i norsk politikk fra 1900-2016 [Indigneous Peoples and National Minorities in Norwegian Politics from 1900 - 2016]"  Cappelen Damm Akademiske (Cappelen Damm Academic Press), Oslo

Plesner, Ingvill T (2016).: "Religionspolitikk [Politics of religion], Universitetsforlaget (Oslo University Press), Oslo

Plesner, Ingvill T. and Ellen Emilie Stensrud (2016). “Er minoritetsvern god realpolitik? [Is Minority Protection good Realpolitik]”, Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities, Conference report

Ingvill T. Plesner, Ellen Stensrud, Cecilie Hellestveit and Kari M. Osland (2016). “Rettighetsvern er realpolitikk [Protection of rights is Realpolitik]”, Op-Ed, VG, 30 August 2016

Plesner, Ingvill Thorson (2016): “Law and Religion in Norway” in Encyplopedia on Law and Religion, edited by Gerhard Robbers et. al, Brill

Plesner, Ingvill Thorson and Vollebæk, Knut (2014). Constitutional protection of national minorities' rights in Norway: does it matter?. Nordic Journal of Human Rights. ISSN 1891-8131.  32(2), s 176- 187 . doi: 10.1080/18918131.2014.897800

Plesner, Ingvill Thorson (2013). Religion and education in Norway, In Derek H. Davis & Elena Miroshnikova (ed.), The Routledge international handbook of religious education.  Routledge.  ISBN 9780415536301.  Kapittel 32. s 243 - 250

Plesner, Ingvill Thorson (2013). Case Notes: Norwegian cases. Lagmannsrett LB-2011-86996. Oxford Journal of Law and Religion.  ISSN 2047-0770.  2(1), s 227- 228 . doi: 10.1093/ojlr/rwt003

Plesner, Ingvill Thorson (2012). The European Court of Human Rights : between fundamentalist and liberal secularism, In W. Cole Durham (ed.),  Islam, Europe and emerging legal issues.  Ashgate.  ISBN 978-1-4094-3444-3.  Kapittel 2.  s 63 - 74

Plesner, Ingvill Thorson (2011). Religion and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, In John Witte & M. Christian Green (ed.), Religion and Human Rights.  Oxford University Press.  ISBN 9780199733453.  19.  s 316 - 330

Plesner, Ingvill Thorson (2010). Secularism - a quest for privatization of religion?, In Lisbeth Christoffersen; Kjell Åke Modéer; Svend Andersen & Niels Valdemar Vinding (ed.),  Law & Religion in the 21st Century - Nordic Perspectives.  Jurist- og Økonomforbundets Forlag.  ISBN 978-87-574-2368-6.  2.  s 295 - 321

Plesner, Ingvill T (2005): “Should the state support religion? Sociological and human rights perspectives” in Leirvik, Stålsett and Beyer (eds) The Power of Faiths, Novus

Plesner, Ingvill Thorsen (2004). Promoting Tolerance Through Religious Education, In Tore Lindholm; W. Cole Durham; Bahia Tahzib-Lie; Elizabeth A. Sewell & Lena Larsen (ed.), Facilitating Freedom of Religion or Belief: A Deskbook.  Kluwer Academic Publishers.  ISBN 90-04-13783-1.  chapter 36.  s 792 – 812

Plesner, Ingvill T (2004): “State and Religion in Norway in Times of Change” in European Journal of Church and State for 2003, Rik Torf (ed), PEETERS, Netherlands

Plesner, Ingvill T (2003): “Religio-political Models and Models for Religious and Moral Education” in Journal of Comparative Religious and Moral Education, Peter Schreiner (ed), Munster, Germany

Plesner, Ingvill T. (2001), "State Church and Church Autonomy in Norway" in Gerhard Robbers, ed, Church Autonomy. A Comparative Survey, Peter Lang, Germany

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