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 […]

Breakfast seminar: Catalonia and Self-Determination: An Unexpected Revolution?

October 1st marked a turning point in the relationship between the Catalan people and the Spanish State. Catalonia’s regional government, backed by grassroot movements, held a disputed self-determination referendum, contravening Supreme Court ruling finding it unconstitutional. The brute force by the Spanish Government responded, sending in security forces to stop voting from taking place, caused […]

Film, Reflections & Popcorn “Belo Monte: After the Flood”

Time: 18:00 – 20:30 LawTransform invites you to the screening of the documentary “Belo Monte: After the Flood” followed by a discussion moderated by Lara Côrtes. “Belo Monte: After the Flood” (2016), by Todd Southgate, explores the history and consequences of one of the world’s most controversial dam projects, built on the Xingu River in […]

Recent publications

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 …

“Constitutional developments in Latin American Abortion Law.”

For most of the 20th Century, restrictive abortion laws were in place in continental Latin America. In recent years, reforms have caused a liberalizing shift, …

Realizing Universal Health Coverage in East Africa: the relevance of human rights

Applying a robust human rights framework would change thinking and decision-making in efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), and advance efforts to promote women’s, …

Bringing Law into the Political Sociology of Humanitarianism

The blog post Building a Sociology of Law for the Humanitarian Field is based on the article.

Frå sinke til føregangsland på transpersonars rettar

Moldestad's MA thesis "Frå sinke til føregangsland på transpersonars rettar - Analyse av bakgrunnen for Noregs lov om endring av juridisk kjønn"

Recent news

The Bergen Exchanges 2017 – a short summary

Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation 21 -25 August 2017 The Centre on Law & Social Transformation (LawTransform) annually hosts The Bergen Exchanges on …

2017 Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation

Welcome to the 2017 Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation. The Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation is a meeting place for scholars and …

Bergen Exchanges 2017!

Check out our exciting program! Full Program in PDF

Call for applications! New deadline for PhD course: 1 July

Remember to register for the PhD course "Effects of Lawfare:  Courts and law as battlegrounds for social change (17- 25 August)"  Read more about the course …

Utlysning: Vitenskapelig assistent/Call for Applications: Research Assistant

Ved Institutt for samanliknande politikk, Universitetet i Bergen, er det ledig ei 10 % stilling som vitskapleg assistent for ein periode på eit år med …