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 […]

Video – Annual Lecture on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

To celebrate the Sami National Day, the third Annual Lecture on Rights of Indigenous Peoples was arranged on the 6th of February. This year’s Annual Lecturer was Pigga Keskitalo (Docent, University of Helsinki and Researcher, Department of Education, University of Lapland). She talked about what the right to language and culture means for Sami people in […]

LawTransform PhD course 2020: Application deadline April 15!

LawTransform PhD course “Effects of Lawfare: Courts and law as battlegrounds for social change” (12- 21 August, 2020) Application deadline April 15, 2020! Apply here. This year the course – and the Bergen Exchanges – will focus particularly on Law & Inequality, discussing strategic using of law to address inequalities in areas such as: gender; migration, […]

Watch the events we previously streamed

We look forward to seeing you when we announce new events, but in the meantime you can watch the events we previously streamed here: https://www.lawtransform.no/events-streaming Photo by Anthony Espinosa on Unsplash

BSRS 2020: Global climate governance regime – application until February 15!

This course explores the role of the global climate governance regime in devising ways to mitigate climate change and to adapt to already inevitable impacts. To better understand the complexity of multilevel climate governance, the course will use a case study, the Amazon, an ecosystem of global importance. Applications until February 15, 2020 – Apply, here. […]

Recent publications

Does it Matter: Constitutionalisation, Democratic Governance, and the Human Right to Water

Check out this new publication by Rebecca Schiel, Malcolm Langford, Bruce Wilson- an output of LawTransform's project Elevating water rights to human rights: Has it …

Kritisk blikk på omsorgsovertakelse av spedbarn

Stort behov for en gjennomgang av spedbarns rettigheter i de nordiske velferdsstatene. Professor Marit Skivenes har nylig publisert en artikkel i tidsskriftet Children and Youth Services …

The Hidden Proceedings

NEW ARTICLE: Decisions about terminating parental rights to ensure an adoption from care are not accountable, finds new analysis. All European countries provide a legal …

An Ideal Direction? The Nobel Prize to Peter Handke

Anna Gopsill, PhD candidate, University of London and Communications Assistant, CMI, has recently published a blog “An Ideal Direction? The Nobel Prize to Peter Handke” …

Commentary from prof. Marit Skivenes on the Strasbourg Observers: “Child protection and child-centrism – the Grand Chamber case of Strand Lobben and others v. Norway 2019.

Norge ble nylig dømt i Den europeiske menneskerettighetsdomstolens storkammer i en sak om omsorgsovertagelse og tvangsadopsjon av et barn. Professor Marit Skivenes har analysert dommen, …

Recent news

All LawTransform events are cancelled!

As a measure to prevent the spread of corona virus in Bergen, we have cancelled all events until further notice. We look forward to seeing …

Course in Humanitarian Diplomacy: Call for applications

This year it is possible to combine the LawTransform PhD course "Effects of Lawfare" with the training in Humanitarian Diplomacy that runs in the afternoons …

Video – Bits Before Bombs: Cyber-attack as a Breach of Article 2(4) of the UN Charter

In this Masters' Week breakfast seminar Oda Ringstad (UiB, Faculty of Law) presented her thesis which questions if, and when, cyber-attacks become “use of force”, …

Two new projects at LawTransform

LawTransform received funding from the Norwegian Research Council for two new projects! PluriLand (2020 - 2024) aims to develop a theory of land rights claiming …

Time to recognize children’s right to post-adoption contact with siblings

Time to recognize children’s right to post-adoption contact with siblings Hege Stein Helland, Ph.D. Candidate at the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism and the …