The Turkey Purge

Date: Thursday 21st February 2019 Time: 08:30 – 09:30 Place: Bergen Global, Jekteviksbakken 31, Bergen A decade ago, Turkey’s now-paramount leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, held promise as a potential beacon of democracy for a region rife with religious conflict. Erdogan sought to secure a place for his country in the European Union and presented himself […]

Military coups of today

Date: Tuesday 26th February 2019 Time: 08:30 – 09:30 Place: Bergen Global, Jekteviksbakken 31, Bergen How do political regimes die? Are there historical patterns in regime breakdowns? Does history really repeat itself? Coups are the most common form of irregular non-institutionalized leadership change. They are also the most common form of unconstitutional regime change. Military […]

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The Centre on Law & Social Transformation brings together scholars, students and practitioners from across institutions and academic fields to research issues relating to law and social change. Although our researchers are located all over the world, the heart of the centre is in Bergen with our team of engaged volunteers and interns who assist […]

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 […]

Recent publications

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 …

Caliban Unleashed: What role for strategic litigation in an illiberal era?

Author: Alicia Ely Yamin What is the role for strategic litigation of social rights, and in particular health rights, in a world where democratic social practices …

Building a better world by establishing a Truth Commission: Incomplete healing in El Salvador

This CMI working paper (2018:7) was written by Stener Ekern for the research project entitled “Beyond Words: Implementing Latin American Truth Commission Recommendations”. The research project …

Transitional Justice for Human Rights: The Legacy and Future of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions

Book Chapter by Elin Skaar (2018)  in Gerd Oberleitner (ed.) International Human Rights Institutions, Tribunals and Courts. International Human Rights Singapore: Springer.  Truth commissions are an integral component …

Diktatorens lærebok: Kapittelet om Tanzania

Lise Rakner (2018) MENINGER: Det går utforbakke med demokratiet og rettsstaten i Tanzania, skriver professor Lise Rakner. Stormangrepet på alle som kunne tenkes å kritisere regjeringspartiet (CCM) …

Recent news

Alicia Yamin appointed Senior Fellow of the Global Health and Rights Project (GHRP)

Alicia Yamin, a Global Fellow of the Centre on Law and Social Transformation has been appointed Senior Fellow of the Global Health and Rights Project(GHRP) at …

LawTransform received honorary award from Bergen Sameforening

We at the Centre on Law & Social Transformation are very pleased for having received the Bergen Sameforening’s honorary award 2019 for our contribution to increased visibility …

Article: Sex education in Latin American schools

This is a summary of the article “Sex education in schools: A battleground in Latin America” written by Camila Gianella. Full article is available at …

Tuberculosis Stories

LawTransform researcher Camila Gianella was part of a research project aiming to assess how people with TB are addressed in Peru. The project resulted in …

Understanding gender, overcoming stereotypes video by Alicia Ely Yamin

Human rights lawyer and Incubator Senior Scholar in Residence at Harvard University Alicia Ely Yamin discusses gender stereotypes and reframing the struggles for sexual and reproductive …