Torbjörn Odlöw



Torbjörn Odlöw (LLM, LLD) is a Senior Lecturer in Private Law at the Department of Law, School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. He was Vice-Head of Department and Director of Studies at the Department of Law between 2015 and 2018 and he was Director of Postgraduate Studies at the Department from 2008 to 2012. Torbjörn Odlöw teaches courses in private law and family law at the University of Gothenburg.

Odlöw’s LLD thesis deals with the question of whether Swedish guardianship legislation is in compliance with the principles of minimum intervention and maximum preservation of capacity for vulnerable adults. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a legal official at the Chief Guardians Office in the city of Gothenburg.

Odlöw is engaged as a presenter and lecturer on matters of adult guardianship law by both public and private organisations, such as the Swedish Association of Chief Guardians, County administrative boards (responsible for auditing Chief Guardians) and the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre (now Validity). Odlöw is also regularly engaged as an expert on Swedish adult guardianship law in court cases before local courts as well as the Supreme Court of Sweden, in public investigations and by private associations such as the Swedish Bankers’ Association.

Odlöw was the reporter for Sweden in International Protection of Adults (Ed:s Richard Frimston, Alexander Ruck Keene, Claire van Overdijk, and Adrian Ward MBE) and has been a recurrent presenter at the World Congress of Adult Guardianship and World Congress of Adult Capacity.