Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation 2018

Time: 20. – 24. August 2018 Main venue: Bergen Resource Centre for International Development, Jekteviksbakken 31. For other venues, please see the program. Open to the public. The Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation  is a week of public seminars, project workshops and social events – and a PhD course on Effects of Lawfare.  We invite academics, students and practitioners from all […]

Keynote address by Norman Daniels: Human Rights and Fair Priorities in Health

Date: Monday 20 August 2018 Time: 09:30-11.00 Place: Bergen Resource Centre for International Development, Jekteviksbakken 31, Bergen The right to health aims to secure for all the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, but what when resource scarcity makes it impossible to provide optimal health care for the entire population? Can the right […]

Annual Lecture on Law & Social Transformation with Sally Engle Merry

From human rights to local justice & the quiet power of indicators Date: Wednesday 22 August Time: 15:30-17:30 Place: Bergen University Aula  Keynote address and roundtable  From human rights to local justice & the quiet power of indicators with Sally Engle Merry, NYU How are international human rights «vernacularized» and applied in local contexts? And […]

Keynote address by Helen Stalford: Children on the Run

Date: Thursday 23 August 2018 Time: 18:00-19:30 Place: Auditorium 4, University of Bergen faculty of Law, Bergen Keynote address: David and Goliath: Children’s participation in immigration proceedings What does it mean to adopt a children’s rights-based approach to immigration and asylum law. Notwithstanding the vast literature on children’s participation on the one hand, and on […]

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

Assessing Judicial Empowerment

Drawing on an ongoing international data collection effort, our affiliate Thomas Keck examines the free expression jurisprudence of the Supreme Court of Canada and the …

Hvem har ansvaret for å sikre folk vann? 

Mathilde Thorsen has written about water rights and the ongoing water crisis in India in Bergens Tidende. The text ask questions regarding who is in …

Revisiting Health Rights Litigation and Access to Medications in Costa Rica: Preliminary Evidence from the Cochrane Collaboration Reform

Abstract In response to the incremental creation of an expansive constitutional right to health in Costa Rica, the country’s rights-friendly constitutional chamber of the Supreme Court …

Socialising effect of the ECHR: Estonia – a success story?

In this blogpost Child Rights affiliate Katre Luhamaa examines the effect of Estonias membership in the Council of Europe and European Court of Human Rights. International …

Considerable room for improving the child friendliness of courts

Court proceedings such as care order or removal cases are often a sincere distress for the child in question. Reports have found that shortcomings as …

Recent news

Breaking BAD team participated in radio show

During the Breaking BAD project meeting in Accra, Ghana, Lise Rakner (Principal Investigator, CMI/Uni. of Bergen), Nicolas van de Walle (Cornell University), Leo Arriola (Uni. of …

Two master theses completed as part of the Water-rights project

Congratulations to Mathilde Thorsen and Sara Ekblom on their master theses! The Water-rights' project team is really proud of you! Water & Power (2017-2018). Mathilde Thorsen (UiB, …

Breaking BAD Workshop Debuts in Ghana

PRESS RELEASE, collected from CDD-Ghana's webpage. 4th July, 2018 The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) and the NorGlobal Network, have hosted Ghanaian scholars and practitioners in …

Water & Power – Dissertation by Mathilde Thorsen

On 1st. of June comparative politics student Mathilde Thorsen handed in her master thesis: 'Water & Power: Has the elevation of the right to water to …

Affiliate Synnøve Jahnsen With New Book on “Criminal Justice Research in an Era of Mass Mobility.”

Affiliate Synnøve Økland Jahnsen, Andriani Fili and Rebecca Powell recently published their new book "Criminal Justice Research in an Era of Mass Mobility." The book …