Volunteer open day!

Date: 29 April 2019 Time: 16:30 Venue: Bergen Global, Jekteviksbakken 31 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, fun social events and other activities. If you are interested in issues related […]

Has the rule of law collapsed in Poland?

Date: 25 April 2019 Time: 08:30-09:30 Location: Rafto Foundation for Human Rights, Menneskerettighetenes plass 1, 5007 Bergen Since the elections of 2015, the Law and Justice Party (PiS) in Poland have governed with an outright majority in the Polish Parliament. The PiS has spent the last 4 years passing laws in order to strengthen their […]

Do you want to volunteer with us?

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 […]

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

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 …

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 …

Recent news

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 …

Jackie Dugard on steering committee of SCIS

LawTransform Global Fellow, Jackie Dugard, is on the steering committee of the newly established Southern Centre for Inequality Studies (SCIS). It is the first research institute …