Hans Petter Graver was awarded a Doctorate of Laws (dr. juris) in 1986 – both degrees from the University of Oslo. His doctoral thesis is entitled “Den juristskapte virkelighet” (The legal construction of reality). In 1993 he was appointed Professor in Sociology of law with an obligation to teach administrative law
He was director of the centre of European Studies (ARENA) 2001-2003 and Dean of the Law faculty 2008-2015. In 2012 he was visiting fellow at Heidelberg University and in 2016 he was visiting fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University. He is presently member of the advisory council of the IAS.
He has authored numerous books and articles over a wide field of subjects, including administrative law, sociology of law, legal history, legal theory, argumentation and rhetoric. Presently he is principle investigator of a research project on Judges under Stress – the Breaking Point of Judicial Institutions.
Graver is member of the board of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and was vice-president in 2016. He was awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Helsinki in 2010 and the University of Heidelberg in 2017.