Democracy and Autocratization by Law

Date: Monday 17 August 2020 Time: 16:15-17:15 Venue: Bergen Global, Jekteviksbakken 31 #BeEx2020 You can attend the seminar physically at Bergen Global (limited places) or watch the seminar online (the link will be provided shortly). Across the word, we now see many regimes moving towards less democratic forms of rule. This is often done through […]

Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation 2020

Welcome to the 2020 Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation!

Join us from 14-21 August for discussions on law and social change. This year, our main focus will be on Law & (In)equality – in cities, democracy, migration & knowledge, gender, child rights and natural resources and climate change. All events will also be streamed online.

Urban inequality and securitization

Date: Monday 17 August 2020 Time: 17:30-19:00 Venue: Bergen Global, Jekteviksbakken 31 #BeEx2020 You can attend the seminar physically at Bergen Global (limited places) or watch the seminar online (the link will be provided shortly). The recent virus pandemic has, arguably, transformed all aspects of human life—including the domains of biomedical health, global mobility patterns […]

Opening Keynote of the BeEx by Malcolm Langford: Inequality & Law in Times of Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed, once again, the deep and persistent socio-economic inequalities in society. Across the world, marginalised and low-income groups have suffered the most from both infection transmission and the effects of lockdowns. In this lecture, Malcolm Langford will discuss the possibilities and limitations of using law to tackle inequality, with a focus on socio-economic rights and the current crisis. He will argue that while human rights law holds untapped potential, it will be the strategic framing and mobilisation of law by all actors that will shape and inflect the long-term impact of COVID-19 on inequality.

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

The judicial manipulation trap: A historical analysis of the political control of the supreme court of Argentina

Comparative judicial politics has provided invaluable evidence about how the political context of Argentina has systematically affected the independence of its Supreme Court. However, it …

Queer Realness: In Pursuit of Freedom

How are lives of transgender and intersex people in India affected by the momentous legal changes for LGBTIQ+ people that has taken place in the …

International Earth Day 2020

Catalina Vallejo Piedrahíta, Research Leader for the Natural Resources & Climate Lawfare Unit International days have been established by the United Nations with the aim of …

The Human Right to Water in a Global Pandemic

This blog post is an output of LawTransform’s project Elevating water rights to human rights: Has it strengthened marginalized peoples’ claim for water?. Water is undoubtedly essential …

3 Human Rights Imperatives for Rationing Care in the Time of Coronavirus

There is a notable silence as to one of the most critical decisions that almost every society will face during the COVID-19 pandemic: rationing scarce …

Recent news

Video: Covid-19 and the Politics of Climate Governance in the Amazon

In the Amazon deforestation and fires have soared since the Brazilian far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, took office in January 2019, vowing to end the “fines …

Video: Grassroot climate activism – from Paris to the Amazon

BSRS2020 “Global Climate Governance Regime” PhD course session/webinar on Grassroot climate activism – from Paris to the Amazon With Nnimmo Bassey, Julio Prieto, Deborah Delgado, Camila …

Video: COVID-19: The situation of refugees and migrants

The pandemic has limited people’s movement within and across borders, with particular consequences for migrants and refugees. Venezuelans alone number more than three million migrants …

Online Course in Systematic Reviews

Free online PhD course in the use of systematic reviews in the social sciences. The course will be offered in June 2020, and is designed to …

Video: Trick or treat? Why do legal responses to Covid-19 differ across Europe?

As the Covid-19 virus spread across the globe, European counties have adopted different legislative approaches to effectively combat the pandemic. Citing the need for rapid …