Academic Freedom and Democratic Backsliding in Comparative Perspective

When it comes to the organizational, economic, personnel and scientific autonomy of universities, other academic bodies we bear witness to the multiple attacks on it – even in seemingly democratic countries. It is clear, that in certain instances governments look at universities and academia as a threat because of the critical thinking they enable and teach about. So as to suppress any possible debate that would go against the status quo and can count as oppositional they aim to suppress their freedoms.

This kind of attitude is not really unique though. We saw/see such attacks from all around the world – for example in the countries our event will focus on.

Annual Lecture on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Date: 5 February 2021 Time: 15.00:16.30 Norwegian time (8.00-9.30 a.m. Guatemala time) Venue: Zoom To celebrate the Sami National Day, LawTransform, in collaboration with the Bergen Sami Society, invites you the 4th Annual Lecture on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Francisco Calí Tzay, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples will speak on: […]

Funding for new project: PARTICIPATION: Are Children Heard in the Child Protection System?

NEW PROJECT: Marit Skivenes, LawTransform’s Child Rights’s  unit research leader, has received funding to conduct a groundbreaking study of children’s participation. – Lack of participation and involvement of children is a big challenge in the Norwegian child protection system, says Marit Skivenes. The Research Council of Norway recently revealed the grant announcement for 2020. In […]

New project on Truth commissions and sexual violence

We congratulate a team of researchers lead by Elin Skaar (CMI), Research leader for the Courts, Judicial Behaviour & Transitional Justice Unit at LawTransform, who has been awarded a grant from the Norwegian Research Council to investigate “TRUTH COMMISSIONS AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE: African and Latin American Experiences”. The grant has a duration of 3 years […]

New project: DIMENSIONS

Professor Linda Gröning (Faculty of Law, UiB), LawTransform Affiliate received funding from the Research Council of Norway for the DIMENSIONS project: Remodelling criminal insanity and psychosis through the philosophical, legal and medical dimensions of the medical model.The research grant is 12 mln NOK worth and has a duration of five years. Through a novel multidimensional […]

New project: Gender, Islam and legal orderings in post-US Afghanistan

LawTransform Affiliate Torunn Wimpelmann (CMI) in conversation with Siri Gloppen (UiB, LawTransform) about the new project “Gender, Islam and legal orderings in post-US Afganistan” (CMI). Project leader: Astri Suhrke (CMI). This project will examine the relationship between gender and Islam in Afghanistan as it affects women’s rights and protections at a time when the country’s […]

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.

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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

Services to vulnerable families

NEW ARTICLE: Study of services and support for mothers and newborn babies in vulnerable situations in eight European jurisdictions. European countries have a legal obligation to …

Law and Social Mobilisation

Our Global fellow Marta Rodriguez de Assis Machado, the coordinator for the “Effects of Rights and Law” project at partner institution Getulio Vargas Foundation’s São …

Reporting Corporal Punishment

NEW ARTICLE: Study of population attitudes towards corporal punishment in five European countries. A global consensus that violence against children challenges children’s fundamental human rights appears …

What does COVID-19 tell us about the Peruvian health system?

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought renewed attention to health systems and inequalities globally. Countries that were previously considered to have “successfully developed” have not been …

Picture of child in sunset The Importance of Parental Commitment

NEW ARTICLE: Decision-makers exercise of discretion in decisions on adoption from care. Termination of parental rights and adoption from care are intrusive child protection interventions. Such …

Recent news

Interview on the LawTransform project Effects of rights and law

In the following video Anja R. Tucker (Bergen Global, LawTransform) interviews Lara B. Côrtes (coordinator at LawTransform) on the project LawTransform: Effects of Rights & …

Video: Peru renewed political crisis: What happens next?

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

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 …

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: 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 …