Crackdown on LGBT rights in Egypt

Time: 08:30-9.30 The Centre on Law and Social Transformation is happy to invite you to a breakfast seminar on LGBT rights in Egypt. The waving of a rainbow flag during a concert in Egypt on September 22. sparked a modern-day witch-hunt leading to the arrest of 33 people, some of whom were caught in sting […]

Film & Reflection: Corruption in the Global Arms Trade

We invite you to the exclusive screening of the award winning 2016 documentary ‘Shadow World – inside the global arms trade‘ directed by artist/filmmaker Johan Grimonprezbased, based in part on Corruption Watch UK founder Andrew Feinstein’s globally acclaimed book with the same title. After the screening there will be a panel discussion with Andrew Feinstein (Expert […]

Summer school course on gender based violence

Bergen Summer Research School (11 – 22 June 2018) will offer a course on “Gender based violence: Rights as governance mechanisms and political tools”. The application deadline is 15 February and there are some stipends available.  Course leaders are Henriette Aasen (UiB) and Torunn Wimpelmann (CMI) and lecturers include Jackie Dugard; Siri Gloppen; Hans Fredrik Martinussen; […]

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

Modes of Ordering: Labelling, Classification and Categorization in Lebanon’s Refugee Response

LawTransform's Maja Janmyr has co-written a socio-legal article on Syrians in Lebanon which has just been published in the Journal of Refugee Studies. The article …

Are there population biases against migrant children?

“Are there population biases against migrant children? An experimental analysis of attitudes towards corporal punishment in Austria, Norway and Spain” in Children and Youth Services …

The Impact of Elections: The Case of Uganda

About the book: What makes autocratic regimes vulnerable? Why, in times of crisis, do some of these regimes break down while others weather the storm? This …

Demokrati i forfall

Agenda Magasin, Akademisk Spalte, 30.10.17 Demokratiet er ingen selvfølge og kan forvitre foran øynene på oss om vi ikke er våkne. Forskere, journalister og aktivister verden over …

Manipulating Courts in New Democracies

Release date: September 29th, 2017 When can the Executive manipulate the composition of a Court? What political factors explain judicial instability on the bench? Using original field data …

Recent news

Opinion: Costa Rica’s 2018 elections: corruption, morality politics, and voter alienation make uncertainty the only certainty

In a context of political dealignment and a fluid multiparty system, corruption scandals and a divisive international court ruling on sexual and reproductive rights have drastically altered the …

Opinion: Lack of access to surgeries for people affected by TB in Peru (in Spanish)

Las cirugías del tórax para personas con tuberculosis no pueden esperar Se estima que en el Perú, unas 35,000 personas se infectan anualmente de tuberculosis (TB), …

18th IUAES World Congress in Brazil – Abstract submission is now open!

Camila Gianella, Flavio Wiik and Lara Côrtes are pleased to invite you to submit a paper proposal to the open panel entitled Water rights and indigenous identities in …

Sami National Day with LawTransform

Celebration of the Sami National Day with LawTransform on the news: https://www.nrk.no/hordaland/vestlandsrevyen-20.55-1.13902727 Thank you all for making LawTransform's first Annual Lecture on Rights of Indigenous Peoples such …

Breaking Bad at Sampol

A new research project headed by Prof. Lise Rakner, will research whether dictators are abusing formal institutions in a Backlash Against Democracy (BAD) in Africa, …