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Marianne Klungland Bahus

Associate Professor

9I151 ( Universitetsveien 19, Kristiansand )

Marianne Klungland Bahus is Associate Professor at the School of Business and Law at the University of Agder. She is also affiliated with the university's Center for E-Health.

Bahus holds a PhD in health law and medical ethics from the University of Oslo, where she also took her law degree. She is committed to health law and has worked specifically with the legal and medicine-ethical aspects of life-and-death decisions. Her doctoral dissertation was an empirical study of a selection of Norwegian physicians' decision-making when faced with a choice of giving or not giving life-prolonging treatment to severely ill and dying patients.

Bahus has published several articles in scientific journals, such as European Journal of Health Law, Resuscitation and Rætferd, Nordisk Juridisk Tidsskrift. She has also presented her own research at several international conferences.

Together with Camilla Herlofsen, Bahus leads an interdicilpinary research group in Educatoin law.

Bahus gives lectures in ethics at the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo. Since 2012, she has been responsible for the website "Health Law", published by a major Norwegian lexicon company. Bahus is also a member of the south-east regional committee for medical and health research ethics and the clinical ethical committee at Sørlandet Hospital.

Bahus is a former fellow at the Center for Medical Ethics at the University of Oslo. She was a government-appointed member of the Palliation Committee, and a member of the Norwegian Bar Association’s Committee for Welfare Law. Bahus is also an experienced lawyer in her own law firm.

Research interests

Education law

Head of the research team "Education law" together with Camilla Herlofsen. See:  https://utdanningsrett.uia.no/   

Paper presentation at the NERA conference (Oslo) 2018: “Legal and pedagogical dilemmas in the Norwegian unified school: the perspectives of teachers and other educational professionals".

Paper presentation at the ECER conference (Bolzano) 2018: "The Child’s best interest in Secondary School – school leaders as interpreters of the law"

Paper presentation at the ECER conference (Hamburg) 2019: "The Child's Best interest in Legal-Pedagogical Dilemmas".

Health law

The balance between law and medical ethics in the application of patient rights.

Professional ethics

Ethics of Lawyers with emphasis on advocates' role morale.

Courses and teaching

Welfare law

Professional ethics

Work experience

Attorney at Advokatfirmaet Bahus AS until 31 August 2017.

Academic interests

Health law

Education law

Professional ethics


Center for Ehealth

Selected publications

Bahus, Marianne Klungland og Førde, Reidun 
Discussing end-of-life decisions in a Clinical Ethics Committee - An interview study of Norwegian doctors' experience
HEC Forum DOI 10.1007/s10730-015-9296-2


Bahus, Marianne Klungland; Steen, Petter Andreas; Førde, Reidun. 
Law, ethics and clinical judgement in end-of-life decisions - How do Norwegian doctors think?. Resuscitation 2012 ;Volum 83.(11) s. 1369-1373.  


Bahus, Marianne Klungland; Førde, Reidun. 
Parents As Decision-makers - Do the Attitudes of Norwegian Doctors Conform to Law?. European Journal of Health Law 2011 ;Volum 18. s. 531-547.




General outreach



Scientific publications

  • Strømland, Monica; Bahus, Marianne; Andersen, Anders Johan W. (2022). Too Vulnerable to Participate? A Systematic Literature Review of the Gap between a Right to Participate and Participation, in Welfare Services. Journal of Human Rights Practice. ISSN: 1757-9619. doi:10.1093/jhuman/huab061.
  • Bahus, Marianne (2021). Barnets beste-vurderinger i skolen. Retfærd. Nordisk Juridisk Tidsskrift. ISSN: 0105-1121. (2). s 31 - 43.
  • Strømland, Monica; Andersen, Anders Johan W.; Johansen, Venke Frederike; Bahus, Marianne (2019). In Your Best Interest. A Discussion of How Capability Approach Could be Used as a Guideline to Strengthen and Supplement the Principle of the Child’s Best Interests.. The International Journal of Children's Rights. ISSN: 0927-5568. 27 (3). s 517 - 544. doi:10.1163/15718182-02703009.
  • Bahus, Marianne; Friis, Pål; Mesel, Terje (2018). Pasientautonomi – en rettighet med moralske implikasjoner. Kritisk juss. ISSN: 0804-7375. 56 (2). s 56 - 78. doi:10.18261/ISSN.2387-4546-2018-02-02.
  • Bahus, Marianne Klungland; Førde, Reidun (2016). Discussing End-of-Life Decisions in a Clinical Ethics Committee: An Interview Study of Norwegian Doctors’ Experience. HEC Forum. ISSN: 0956-2737. s 1 - 12. doi:10.1007/s10730-015-9296-2.
  • Bahus, Marianne Klungland (2013). Legers rettsanvendelse ved liv/død-beslutninger :. Retfærd. Nordisk Juridisk Tidsskrift. ISSN: 0105-1121. 36 (1 = 140). s 46 - 68.
  • Bahus, Marianne Klungland; Steen, Petter Andreas; Førde, Reidun (2012). Law, ethics and clinical judgement in end-of-life decisions - How do Norwegian doctors think?. Resuscitation. ISSN: 0300-9572. 83 (11). s 1369 - 1373. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2012.04.008.
  • Bahus, Marianne Klungland; Førde, Reidun (2011). Parents As Decision-makers - Do the Attitudes of Norwegian Doctors Conform to Law?. European Journal of Health Law. ISSN: 0929-0273. 18s 531 - 547. doi:10.1163/157180911X598762.
  • Pedersen, Reidar; Bahus, Marianne Klungland; Kvisle, Erik Martinsen (2007). Behandlingsunnlatelse, etikk og juss. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. ISSN: 0029-2001. 127 (12). s 1648 - 1650.
  • Bahus, Marianne (2001). Kvinner i advokatyrket - proletarer i advokatfullmektigham. Lov og Rett. ISSN: 0024-6980. (7). s 413 - 427.
  • Bahus, Marianne (2019). Juristetikk - Rollemoral, integritet og kognitiv dissonans. ISBN: 9788245033465. Fagbokforlaget. s 155.
  • Bahus, Marianne (2022). Marianne Klungland Bahus om barnets beste.
  • Bahus, Marianne (2022). Barnets beste-vurderinger for skoleelever.
  • Bahus, Marianne (2022). Digital faglunsj: Barnets beste-vurderinger i skolen.

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