Who is afraid of a watchdog for human rights?

Time: 16:00-18.00 Guarding Norway’s human rights obligations. Anine Kierulf (Research Director at NIM) in conversation with Eirik Holmøyvik (Professor of Law, UiB) and Siri Gloppen (Professor of Comparative Politics, UiB). Enshrining rights in legal documents like constitutions or conventions does not guarantee their protection. Courts have a crucial, but often insufficient, role to play when transforming formal rights into […]

LawTransform Open Day

Welcome to the Law Transform Open Day 2018! Date: 24th April 2018 Time: 17:00-18:00 Siri Gloppen, researchers and the group of student volunteers at the Centre on Law & Social Transformation are happy to invite you to our Open Day. We will present the Centre on Law and Social Transformation, our exciting academic and social […]

LawTransform PhD Course – Effects of Lawfare: Courts and law as battleground for social change

Wednesday 15August – Friday 24 August 2018 Venue: CMI, Just Faaland seminar room, 3rd floor Jekteviksbakken 31, Bergen, Norway    Effects of Lawfare: Courts and law as battlegrounds for social change ******* With the option of taking this as a General Course or with a specialization in Effects of Lawfare concerning: Health Rights –  or – Rights of […]

Lawtransform’s Maja Janmyr receives Chr. Michelsen Prize on outstanding development research.

Congratulations to Head of the Lawtransform Migration Unit and Professor in international migration law at the Norwegian Center for Human Rights, Maja Janmyr, who received the prize for her article ‘No country of asylum’: ‘Legitimizing’ Lebanon’s rejection of the 1951 Refugee Convention.  Read the prize committee’s full decision  here and the article here. Janmyr and colleague Lama Mourad […]

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 […]

Recent publications

Modes of Ordering: Labelling, Classification and Categorization in Lebanon’s Refugee Response

LawTransform's Maja Janmyr has co-written a socio-legal article on Syrians in Lebanon which has just been published in the Journal of Refugee Studies. The article …

Are there population biases against migrant children?

“Are there population biases against migrant children? An experimental analysis of attitudes towards corporal punishment in Austria, Norway and Spain” in Children and Youth Services …

The Impact of Elections: The Case of Uganda

About the book: What makes autocratic regimes vulnerable? Why, in times of crisis, do some of these regimes break down while others weather the storm? This …

Demokrati i forfall

Agenda Magasin, Akademisk Spalte, 30.10.17 Demokratiet er ingen selvfølge og kan forvitre foran øynene på oss om vi ikke er våkne. Forskere, journalister og aktivister verden over …

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 …

Recent news

Volunteer with Law Transform!

Would you like to volunteer during the 2018 Bergen Exchanges? What is Bergen Exchanges? Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation is a week-long event hosted annually …

We are looking for media interns!

The Centre on Law & Social Transformation (LawTransform) is looking for 1-2 media interns to join our dedicated team of students and researchers. We are searching …

Thank you all for an exciting LawTransform Masters Week 2018!

We at the Centre on Law & Social Transformation are extremely proud of our first LawTransform Masters Week! In February, we had an entire week of …

Abstract submission extended until 25 March – 18th IUAES World Congress in Brazil

Camila Gianella, Flavio Wiik and Lara Côrtes are pleased to invite you to submit a paper proposal to the open panel entitled Water rights and indigenous identities in …

Opinion: Costa Rica’s 2018 elections: corruption, morality politics, and voter alienation make uncertainty the only certainty

In a context of political dealignment and a fluid multiparty system, corruption scandals and a divisive international court ruling on sexual and reproductive rights have drastically altered the …