Barnevernsfrokost: Til barnets beste – familieliv for barnevernsbarn

Hvordan ser Den europeiske menneskerettighetsdomstolen (EMD) på retten til familieliv og på prinsippet om barnets beste i adopsjonssaker? Retten til respekt for familielivet skal sikre alle borgere beskyttelse mot uberettiget inngripen fra staten. Men i barnevernssaker har staten en plikt til å gripe inn i familielivet dersom det er nødvendig av hensyn til barnet. Slike […]

Divine Intervention: The role of the Pentecostal Church in Democratic Backlash in Africa

Date, time: 4 December 2020, 16.00-17.00 Venue: Zoom To what extent has the Pentecostal church shaped politics in sub-Saharan states? To what extent is the church a part of the current wave of democratic backlash? Is the church even a part of this backlash? After a widespread demand for human rights and economic prosperity in […]

Human Rights Cities explained – why do we need them?

As HCRs become an ever more popular concept this seminar aims to look at what human rights cities are and what they do. Why are cities choosing to become human rights cities and what are they accomplishing by doing so? While it is clear that HCRs are especially concerned with human rights, what differentiates them from other cities? Why do we need cities that specifically work on human rights? Do not all cities, certainly in western democracies, strive towards upholding human rights? What processes have the individual cities been part of, and what actions have been taken after the new title? And what are the consequences for the city and its people once they declare themselves an HCR?

Video: Towards a new debate on abortion law reform in Argentina?

Abortion and post-abortion care in Argentina are heavily restricted, and only allowed in case of rape or when a woman’s health is in danger. Even then though, many doctors fear legal reprisals or cite conscientious objection. A previous bill proposed the complete decriminalization of abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, but it got […]

Video: Abortion Backlash! The significance of 22nd October 2020 for Poland and the world

22nd October 2020 was a momentous day for abortion rights. In Poland, in Europe and globally. On that day, the Constitutional Tribunal of Poland ruled that abortion is illegal, and in violation of human dignity in cases where the foetus has a ‘disability or incurable illness’. This decision virtually prohibits abortion in the country. Poland already […]

POSTPONED Repeal abortion crime: a new path in the fight for legal abortion in Colombia

This webinar will address the recent legal mobilisation in Colombia around the elimination of abortion from the Colombian criminal code. This mobilization has been led by “Movimento Causa Justa” who filed a claim at the Constitutional Court, which a month later was accepted for judgement by the full court.

Check out our latest videos!

You can find all the LawTransform events that we have streamed at Bergen Global with events descriptions, and links to YouTube videos, here.

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 […]

Revisit the Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation 2020

Watch the videos, see the photos, read about the events!
The BeEx2020 took place 14-21 August with lively discussions on law and social change. This year, our main focus was on Law & (In)equality – in cities, democracy, migration & knowledge, gender, child rights and natural resources and climate change. Videos of all events are available online.

Recent publications

What about intercultural health? Lessons from the pandemic that we should not forget

Those who work in indigenous health know that it is very common for Indigenous People or peasants to be represented as guilty for their health …

Blog: Protecting the Child

BLOG: Protecting the Child – How are Children’s Rights Legitimized? Blogpost by LawTransform Affiliate Asgeir Falch-Eriksen, Associate Professor II at the Centre for Research on Discretion …

Peru and COVID-19: Quick Response Hampered by Structural Failures

On March 15, with 28 confirmed cases and no deaths, the government issued the Supreme Decree N° 044-2020-PCM declaring a state of emergency for 15 days. …

Good Health Indicators are Not Enough: Lessons from COVID-19 in Peru

Peru received international acclaim for being one of the first countries to implement a comprehensive package of measures to control the spread of the COVID-19 …

Research Handbook on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as Human Rights

This Research Handbook combines practitioner and academic perspectives to provide a comprehensive, cutting edge analysis of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR), as well as …

Recent news

Protests in Peru

Massive protest erupted in Peru after an illegitimate government took power on 9 November. In country with more that 34 000 deaths from Covid-19, and …

Video: Launching the Bergen School of Global Studies

The Bergen School of Global Studies was established by the UiB Global Challenges strategic area in response to the need to make education at the …

Brnevernfrokost - webianrserie om barnevern og barns rettigheter Barnevernsfrokost – ny webinarserie

I den nye webinarserien Barnevernsfrokost, skal vi hver måned behandle et tema innenfor barnevern og barns rettigheter. Nå på tirsdag, 3. november kl. 9.00, avholdes det …

Visiting researcher at Law Transform- Ilker Gokhan Sen

Ilker Gokhan Sen holds a PhD in law from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He taught constitutional law for several years in Turkey and then …

Call for applications: LawTransform/ Rafto Master’s student scholarship

Interested in climate change, democracy and human rights? Don't miss an opportunity to write a Master thesis on these issues in collaboration with RAFTO and …