Watch the Rafto Conference 2021 online

Recorded on Saturday 13 November

Watch the recorded version of the public Rafto Conference, where Rafto Laureate 2021, Human Rights Data Analysis Group and other contributors gave speeches on and discussed topics related to this year's award.


  • Keynote by Patrick Ball, HRDAG
  • Todd Landman, Professor of Political Science, University of Nottingham
  • Wendy Betts, Director of eyeWitness
  • Morten Dahlback, journalist at
  • Moderator: Sofie A.E. Høgestøl, Associate Professor of Law, University of Oslo
  • Aristic performances by: Huldr and GA6

The conference will be live-streamed from this webpage and on Facebook Live.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM (May be subject to change)

Moderator: Sofie Høgestøl, Associate Professor University of Oslo

11:00 Welcome by Jostein Hole Kobbeltvedt, Executive Director of the Rafto Foundation

11:15 Keynote speech by Patrick Ball, founder of HRDAG

Speaker: Morten Dahlback, journalist at
The importance of credible data in a society of disinformation

Musical perfomance by GA

Speaker: Pr. Todd Landman, University of Nottingham
Seeing in the Unseen World.

12:00 Break (20 minutes)

Speaker: Wendy Betts, Director of eyeWitness to Atrocities
The importance of evidence based advocacy

Musical perfomance by Huldr

Panel discussions

Conclusions by Jostein Hole Kobbeltvedt, Rafto Foundation

13:30 End


Patrick Ball, Director of Research, Human Rights Data Analysis Group. Ball has spent more than twenty-five years conducting quantitative analysis for truth commissions, non-governmental organizations, international criminal tribunals, and United Nations missions. He began working in the human rights fieldin the beginning of 1990 and has since worked on human rights cases in many countries around the world. Ball has also developed a series of free, open-source programs and software applications. Together with Megan Price, he founded HRDAG in 2013, and has since 2015 served as the Director of Research.

Moderator: Sofie A.E. Høgestøl. Høgestøl is Associate Professor of Law University of Oslo She has a Ph.D from UiO and an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Centre. Her primary research field is international criminal law, with a particular focus on different types of international criminal justice mechanisms.

Wendy Betts is Director of eyeWitness to Atrocities, an organization that combines law and technology to promote accountability for serious international crimes.
eyeWitness empowers human rights defenders to capture visual evidence for use in investigations and trials. Betts has written and presented widely on human rights documentation, digital evidence, and accountability.

Todd Landman is Professor of Political Science, Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and Executive Director of the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham. Professor Landman works on human rights measurement and research methods, has travelled to over 50 countries, and is currently engaged in a research project on modern slavery.

Morten L. Dahlback is Head of Insight & Analysis at the fact-checking organization As a journalist, his work has focused on how misinformation is spread
in the Norwegian online public sphere. Dahlback holds a Ph.D in philosophy from NTNU, and has previously worked for the newspapers Adresseavisen and The Economist Intelligence Unit.


is a recently founded chamber music group consisting of six musicians from five different nations. All the members are currently studying at the Grieg Academy
in Bergen. The musicians are: Sergio Llorente (Spain) 1st violin, SooHyun April Jang (South Korea) 2nd violin, Julia Palmer (UK) viola, Peter Moi (Norway) cello, Hertha
Dahlgren (Sweden) clarinet, and Marie Heddan Kortner (Norway) piano.

Huldr is a conceptual project started by artist and songwriter Guro Kverndokk in 2020. Kverndokk has her background in jazz at the Grieg Academy in Bergen.
With a strong vocal in the centre, she combines elements from pop, jazz, folk music and electro. The eccentric genre mixture allows the listener to experience
music through an innovative approach.