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 […]

Fri rettshjelp – en illusjon?

Norges borgere har stor tillit til rettsvesenet. Få vet derimot at hjelpen med fri rettshjelp er behovsprøvd etter inntekt. Denne grensen har ikke vært rørt siden 2009, noe som bety at dagens enslige uføretrygdede tjener 136 kroner «for mye» per måned. Grupper som er helt avhengig av velferdsstaten blir dermed nektet grunnleggende advokathjelp.

Ocean change – What is happening to inhabitants of the submerged islands?

What are the consequences for state sovereignty if the population of the Pacific Islands has to migrate as climate change refugees? What happens with the maritime sovereignties of Pacific states when the rising sea levels make dry lands dwindle? Complex legal solutions have been proposed by international lawyers – but they are very often contradictory.

BSRS 2020: Global climate governance regime – application until February 15!

This course explores the role of the global climate governance regime in devising ways to mitigate climate change and to adapt to already inevitable impacts. To better understand the complexity of multilevel climate governance, the course will use a case study, the Amazon, an ecosystem of global importance. Applications until February 15, 2020 – Apply, here. […]

Video – Bits Before Bombs: Cyber-attack as a Breach of Article 2(4) of the UN Charter

In this Masters’ Week breakfast seminar Oda Ringstad (UiB, Faculty of Law) presented her thesis which questions if, and when, cyber-attacks become “use of force”, as stipulated in the UN Charter.

Recent publications

Does it Matter? Constitutionalisation, Democratic Governance, and the Right to Water

Check out this new publication by Rebecca Schiel, Malcolm Langford, Bruce Wilson- an output of LawTransform's project Elevating water rights to human rights: Has it …

Kritisk blikk på omsorgsovertakelse av spedbarn

Stort behov for en gjennomgang av spedbarns rettigheter i de nordiske velferdsstatene. Professor Marit Skivenes har nylig publisert en artikkel i tidsskriftet Children and Youth Services …

The Hidden Proceedings

NEW ARTICLE: Decisions about terminating parental rights to ensure an adoption from care are not accountable, finds new analysis. All European countries provide a legal …

An Ideal Direction? The Nobel Prize to Peter Handke

Anna Gopsill, PhD candidate, University of London and Communications Assistant, CMI, has recently published a blog “An Ideal Direction? The Nobel Prize to Peter Handke” …

Commentary from prof. Marit Skivenes on the Strasbourg Observers: “Child protection and child-centrism – the Grand Chamber case of Strand Lobben and others v. Norway 2019.

Norge ble nylig dømt i Den europeiske menneskerettighetsdomstolens storkammer i en sak om omsorgsovertagelse og tvangsadopsjon av et barn. Professor Marit Skivenes har analysert dommen, …

Recent news

Video – Bits Before Bombs: Cyber-attack as a Breach of Article 2(4) of the UN Charter

In this Masters' Week breakfast seminar Oda Ringstad (UiB, Faculty of Law) presented her thesis which questions if, and when, cyber-attacks become “use of force”, …

Two new projects at LawTransform

LawTransform received funding from the Norwegian Research Council for two new projects! PluriLand (2020 - 2024) aims to develop a theory of land rights claiming …

Time to recognize children’s right to post-adoption contact with siblings

Time to recognize children’s right to post-adoption contact with siblings Hege Stein Helland, Ph.D. Candidate at the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism and the …

Unique in a World Context

NEW PUBLICATION: Changes in the Norwegian Child Welfare Act formalize children’s right to “love”. PhD fellow Hege Stein Helland, PhD fellow Ida B. Juhasz and researcher …

Video: Constitutional reform process in Gambia

Satang Nabaneh is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria and LawTransform PhD scholar as part of the research project …