Call for applications! LawTransform PhD course 2019

Application for the PhD course is now open! Deadline is 31 May, 2019. LawTransform PhD course 2019 Effects of Lawfare: Courts and law as battlegrounds for social change (14- 23 August) Practical information The course combines lectures specifically designed for the course and participation in the lectures, panels, round-tables, and workshops of the Bergen Exchanges on Law […]

Seminar: LGBT rights around the world – strides and setbacks

Date: 5th June 2019 Time: 18:00 Venue: Litteraturhuset i Bergen, Østre Skostredet 5 From the decriminalization of homosexuality in India to the persecution in Chechnya, global LGBT rights are in constant change. This seminar will explore the state of LGBT rights in different areas of the world and the driving forces behind recent developments and […]

Would you like to volunteer during Bergen Exchanges?

We are looking for volunteers for our annual conference, the Bergen Exchanges! The Bergen Exchanges bring together academics and activists from all over the world for a week of seminars, debates, a PhD-course and fun social events. The main themes this year: Natural Resources and Climate Change Indigenous Rights Corruption Technology & Law Finally, we […]

About the centre

Centre on Law & Social Transformation – LawTransform – is a network of scholars, students and practitioners who share an interest in how law shapes societies, and the use of rights and courts as tools for social change. LawTransform was established in 2014 as a collaboration between the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) and the University of Bergen (UiB). Fellows and affiliates come from […]

Recent publications

Democratic Rollback in Africa

Lise Rakner´s  article Democratic Rollback in Africa, has been published in the OUPPolitics Encyclopedia of African Politics edited by , Nic Cheeseman, Birmingham University. For more articles in the …

Den gode «fiende»: Fra flyktninger til seksuelle minoriteter

Hvorfor kjører Polens nasjonal-konservative regjeringsparti LHBT-motstand som viktigste valgkamptema foran Europaparlamentsvalget i mai? Under slagordet «Ikke rør barna» har regjeringspartiet «Lov og rettferdighetspartiet» (PiS) i Polen …

Child rights and international discrimination law

Children’s right to non-discrimination Marit Skivenes and Karl Harald Søvig have edited a book on the implementation of children’s right to protection from discrimination. The United Nations …

Children’s Rights in Norway: An Implementation Paradox?

Editors: Malcolm Langford, Marit Skivenes and Karl Harald Søvig. Norway tops international indexes on children's rights but continues to attract criticism for its level of compliance …

Structured Settlements for Corruption Offences Towards Global Standards?

Author: Abiola Makinwa and Tina Søreide (eds.). In the 40 years since the historic passage of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, there has been a revolution in the …

Recent news

Sexual and Reproductive Rights in India

On the 14th – 15th of April LawTransform co-organized the conference ‘’Sexual & Reproductive Rights in India: Social movements & legal battles‘‘ at the Bangalore …

Rwanda: Unfulfilled justice

In the course of three months in 1994, between 800 000 and 1 million Rwandans were brutally slaughtered in systemised attacks. The reconciliation process that …

Overcoming the Limits of Legal Opportunity Structures – LGBT Rights’ Divergent Paths in Costa Rica and Colombia

This is a short summary of the article “Overcoming the limits of Legal Opportunity Strctures – LGBT rights’ Divergent Paths in Costa Rica and Colombia, …

Homeless in São Paulo fight for drinking water

The metropolitan area of São Paulo is home to approximately 21 million people or about four times the population of Norway. Among the largest cities …

World Water Day 2019 – Leaving no one behind

There is a good reason why two UN resolutions explicitly recognized the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as an independent human …