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 […]

2021 Bergen Exchanges

2021 Bergen Exchanges BeEx2021 will take place 16-20 August with combined live and online seminars. The main focus will be on Inequality, Autocratization dynamics and Child Rights. Click here to view the tentative program. The PhD course Effects of Lawfare 2021 will run from 2 to 23 August. The course combines real time online sessions, individual and group mentoring sessions and digital (hybrid) public seminars. Read more about […]

Academic freedom under threat in Brazil. Read interview with Conrado Hübner Mendes by the Humboldt Foundation

The Brazilian Law Professor, public intellectual and LawTransform Global Fellow Conrado Hübner Mendes is under attack from the Attorney General in Brazil for expressing his opinion. In an interview by the Humboldt Foundation (Academic freedom: How one Humboldtian is standing up for the democratic constitution in Brazil), Mendes explains, among other things, how lawsuits and pending litigation […]

Check out Rachel Sieder’s blog piece on the Pluriland project

Frontiers of Social-Legal Studies, the new blog of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford, has just published Rachel Sieder‘s blog piece on the LawTransform/CMI research project PluriLand: Theorizing Conflict and Contestation in Plural Land Rights Regimes. Check the piece here and learn more about this relevant project!

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.

Recent publications

We need to know

BLOG: Lack of data on children is an issue of major concern and weakens the protection of children’s rights worldwide. Blogpost by Jenny Krutzinna, Senior Researcher at …

Paying to party: Candidate resources and party switching in new democracies

New article: Party switching among legislative candidates has important implications for accountability and representation in democratizing countries. We argue that party switching is influenced by …

Channeling Water Conflicts through the Legislative Branch in Colombia

New article: This paper answers the question: has the Colombian Congress been effective at addressing relevant water conflicts and making them visible? While courts and …

Listening to the Voices of Children

        BLOG: It is time for schools and social care facilities to elicit the voices of all children systematically and continuously. Blogpost by Rami Benbenishty, Professor Emeritus, …

Can More Be Done?

BLOG: Service provisions to vulnerable families with babies. Blogpost by Marit Skivenes, Research leader for the Child Right Unit at LawTransform, Director of Centre for Research on …

Recent news

Urgent call for support! Freedom of speech under attack in Brazil

Support Brazilian Law Professor, public intellectual and LawTransform Global Fellow Conrado Hubner Mendes who is under attacks from the Attorney General for defamation. Sign the petition …

LawTransform PhD Course Effects of Lawfare 2021: Application deadline 1 June!

LawTransform PhD course “Effects of Lawfare: Courts and law as battlegrounds for social change”Course period: 9 August - 23 August 2021 (preparatory period from 2 August). The …

Videos from the Master’s Week

LawTransform is lucky to have many bright and engaged students around! During this year's Master’ s Week (8-12 March), former students presented their work in the …

LawTransform Master’s Week 2021

LawTransform is lucky to have many bright and engaged students around! LawTransform students put a lot of effort into writing great master’s theses while also …

New seminar-series! Students in crisis

Students play an important role when it comes to finding solutions to the greatest challenges of our time, yet they have taken an unproportional part …