2017 Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation

Welcome to the 2017 Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation. The Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation is a meeting place for scholars and practitioners who seek to understand how law serves as an instrument of change and how it shapes, and is shaped by power relations. During a week of public discussions, […]

Film, Reflections & Popcorn: Presumed Guilty

Time: 18:00-21:00. Are you interested in how a lack of judicial accountability and independence can deeply impact not just the lives of individuals but that of an entire country? Then join us for an evening of Film, Reflection & Popcorn at the Bergen Resource Center on September 13th! The documentary Presumed Guilty tells the compelling […]

Why can companies negotiate settlements in bribery cases?

Negotiated settlements have become the most common enforcement outcome for allegations of corruption involving corporations – which means, no court considers the question of guilt or determines the size of a penalty. Prominent examples of cases include Siemens, Halliburton, Vimpelcom and BAE. There are differing approaches across the world to the issue of out of […]

Annual Lecture on Law and Social Transformation by Kathryn Sikkink: Evidence of Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century

In her lecture Prof. Sikkink makes the case that, yes, human rights work. Critics may counter that the movement is in serious jeopardy: Guantánamo is still open, the Arab Spring protests crushed, and governments are cracking down on NGOs everywhere. But Sikkink draws on decades of research and fieldwork to provide a rigorous rebuttal to […]

Key Note Address by Rashida Manjoo: When gender harms – what can law do about it?

9:00 – 9:30 Formal opening of the 2017 Bergen Exchanges
9:30 – 10:00 Key Note Address: Rashida Manjoo Former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women/University of Cape Town
10:10 – 11:30 Roundtable What are effective institutional solutions to the problem of gender based violence?

LawTransform – researching law as an instrument of social change

Law is increasingly at the center of political battles. LawTransform – the Center on Law and Social Transformation – brings together scholars, students and practitioners across institutions and academic fields focusing on law as an instrument of social change. The center is located in Bergen and established jointly by CMI and the University of Bergen, but is also […]

Four new research grants

No less than four new LawTransform-affiliated research grants were awarded in December 2016! Professor Marit Skivenes who heads the LawTransform  Child Rights Unit was awarded the prestigious Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC), for her project “Discretion and the child’s best interests in child protection”. ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators. To receive this […]

Bergen Exchanges on Vimeo

All the lectures, roundtables and panel discussions from the 2016 Bergen Exchanges are now uploaded to Vimeo! Link to our account LawTransform: https://vimeo.com/user56377397  

Recent publications

“Constitutional developments in Latin American Abortion Law.”

For most of the 20th Century, restrictive abortion laws were in place in continental Latin America. In recent years, reforms have caused a liberalizing shift, …

Bringing Law into the Political Sociology of Humanitarianism

The blog post Building a Sociology of Law for the Humanitarian Field is based on the article.

Frå sinke til føregangsland på transpersonars rettar

Moldestad's MA thesis "Frå sinke til føregangsland på transpersonars rettar - Analyse av bakgrunnen for Noregs lov om endring av juridisk kjønn"

Citizens’ views in four jurisdictions on placement policies for maltreated children

Citizens' opinions on child protection public policy are a key dimension of the legitimacy of a political order. We have conducted a survey vignette on …

The role and function of the spokesperson in care order proceedings: A cross-country study in Finland and Norway

The article explores the spokesperson's role and function when representing children in care order proceedings in Norway and Finland. The Norwegian and Finnish child welfare …

Recent news

Bergen Exchanges 2017!

Check out our exciting program! Full Program in PDF

Call for applications! New deadline for PhD course: 1 July

Remember to register for the PhD course "Effects of Lawfare:  Courts and law as battlegrounds for social change (17- 25 August)"  Read more about the course …

Utlysning: Vitenskapelig assistent/Call for Applications: Research Assistant

Ved Institutt for samanliknande politikk, Universitetet i Bergen, er det ledig ei 10 % stilling som vitskapleg assistent for ein periode på eit år med …

Would you like to volunteer during the 2017 Bergen Exchanges?

What is Bergen Exchanges? Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation is a weeklong event hosted annually by the Centre on Law & Social Transformation. Through …

Call for papers: EADI/Bergen Exchanges panel

Gender and Transitional Justice: How are gendered crimes and injustices dealt with in transitional justice processes? Transitional justice mechanisms have become the norm rather than the …