Astrid Norén-Nilsson, associate Senior Lecturer, Center for East and Southeast Asian Studies, Lund University. Her scholarship focuses on the politics of Cambodia in the post-conflict reconstruction era (1993-) and she is the author of the monograph Cambodia’s Second Kingdom: Nation, Imagination, and Democracy (Cornell SEAP, 2016). She has published on themes related to the development of Cambodia’s fragile democracy, addressing in particular the role of nationalist imaginings in shaping the era of multi-party elections, as well as the role of transforming perceptions of the current neopatrimonial order and of citizenship.

Thomas Hammarberg is a Swedish diplomat and human rights defender. From April 2006 to March 2012, he held the post of Council of Europe High Commissioner for Human Rights in Strasbourg. Prior to this appointment, Hammarberg had spent several decades working on the advancement of human rights in Europe and worldwide. He has been Secretary General of the Stockholm-based Olof Palme International Center (2002–05), Ambassador of the Swedish Government on Humanitarian Affairs (1994–2002), the Secretary General of the NGO "Save the Children Sweden" (1986–92), and Secretary General of Amnesty International (1980–86). He received on behalf of Amnesty International the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977. Between 2001 and 2003, Hammarberg acted as Regional Adviser for Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. For several years, he was the Swedish Prime Minister's Personal Representative for the UN Special Session on Children, as well as the Convener of the Aspen Institute Roundtables on "Human Rights in Peace Missions". Between 1996 and 2000, he was the appointed representative of the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, for human rights in Cambodia.

This seminar is co-arranged by the Forum for Asian Studies, Stockholm University, ABF Stockholm, and the Committee for Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.