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 […]

Call for papers: The International Journal of Human Rights

Moralities, Ontologies, and Legal Entanglements: Disputing Territory and Nature in Latin America Abstract deadline: 30 November 2021 Manuscript deadline: 30 April 2022 LawTransform Fellow Rachel Sieder and Dr. Ainhoa Montoya of the School of Advanced Studies, University of London, are co-editing a special issue of the International Journal of Human Rights on Moralities, Ontologies, and […]

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 […]

Anthropological Contributions to International Legal Approaches to Violence Against Indigenous Women

Check out Rachel Sieder‘s most recent article: Anthropological Contributions to International Legal Approaches to Violence Against Indigenous Women. Just published on line in the American Journal of International Law – and open access! For the entire symposium, click here. Sieder is PI for the LawTransform project Pluriland: Theorizing Conflict and Contestation in Plural Land Rights Regimes.

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

Denial and blame – a result of shame?

BLOG: Parents often deny that their children are subject to physical and psychological violence – even when confronted with facts and evidence. What do care …

Social Media Abuse and Online Harassment of Child Protection Workers

BLOG: What are the implications of social media abuse and harassment for child protection workers? Blogpost by Kenneth Burns, collaborative partner at DIPA and senior lecturer at …

Where ordinary laws fall short: ‘riverine rights’ and constitutionalism

Where ordinary laws fall short: 'riverine rights' and constitutionalism New publication from our LawTransform affiliate Catalina Vallejo Piedrahita. Laws that recognise rivers and their ecosystems as legal …

Abortion and ‘conscientious objection’ in South Africa

New book chapter: The 1996 Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act of South Africa is hailed as one of the most exemplary liberal laws on abortion. …

An attempt to take child protection to a new level in Scotland

BLOG: When the Scottish Government attempted to take proactive child protection to a new level, it faced considerable – and, ultimately, effective – opposition. Blogpost by …

Recent news

Effects of Lawfare 2021: Impressions from the PhD students

In connection to the Bergen Exchanges, LawTransform hosted the annual, interdisciplinary PhD course on Effects of Lawfare with participants at different stages of their PhDs. …

Congratulations to Ana Braconnier, whose PhD was approved in July!

Congratulations to PluriLands research team member Ana Braconnier, whose PhD was approved in July. Ana's dissertation on the politics of constitutional justice and backlash in Guatemala …

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 …

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 …