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 […]

Digital LawTransform PhD course 2020: Application deadline 20 June!

LawTransform PhD course “Effects of Lawfare: Courts and law as battlegrounds for social change” (10- 21 August, 2020) Application deadline 20 June, 2020! Apply here. Covid-19 update: we will have a digital PhD course starting from 10 August (with a preparatory period from 3 August). Note that the additional training in Humanitarian Diplomacy and participation […]

Webinars at LawTransform

Although physical seminars are cancelled, we are starting having online events. We look forward to seeing you in our webinars! In the meantime you can also watch the events we previously streamed.       Webinar: Barn i lock-down: Utfordrer korona-tiltakene barns rettigheter? Photo by Anthony Espinosa on Unsplash

Video: COVID-19: The situation of refugees and migrants

The pandemic has limited people’s movement within and across borders, with particular consequences for migrants and refugees. Venezuelans alone number more than three million migrants and refugees living in different South American countries. How has the pandemic affected vulnerable migrant and refugee populations in both Europe and South America? Do their experiences differ across the […]

Video: Covid-19 and the Politics of Climate Governance in the Amazon

In the Amazon deforestation and fires have soared since the Brazilian far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, took office in January 2019, vowing to end the “fines industry” of environment agencies and develop the rainforest. This has consequences for deforestation – and thus for the global climate. It also severely affects the indigenous peoples of the Amazon. […]

Video: Grassroot climate activism – from Paris to the Amazon

BSRS2020 “Global Climate Governance Regime” PhD course session/webinar on Grassroot climate activism – from Paris to the Amazon With Nnimmo Bassey, Julio Prieto, Deborah Delgado, Camila Gianella & Siri Gloppen Myriad organizations – diverse and spanning the globe – are engaged in climate related activism. Some are transnational in operation and focus, some are national […]

Recent publications

The judicial manipulation trap: A historical analysis of the political control of the supreme court of Argentina

Comparative judicial politics has provided invaluable evidence about how the political context of Argentina has systematically affected the independence of its Supreme Court. However, it …

Queer Realness: In Pursuit of Freedom

How are lives of transgender and intersex people in India affected by the momentous legal changes for LGBTIQ+ people that has taken place in the …

International Earth Day 2020

Catalina Vallejo Piedrahíta, Research Leader for the Natural Resources & Climate Lawfare Unit International days have been established by the United Nations with the aim of …

The Human Right to Water in a Global Pandemic

This blog post is an output of LawTransform’s project Elevating water rights to human rights: Has it strengthened marginalized peoples’ claim for water?. Water is undoubtedly essential …

3 Human Rights Imperatives for Rationing Care in the Time of Coronavirus

There is a notable silence as to one of the most critical decisions that almost every society will face during the COVID-19 pandemic: rationing scarce …

Recent news

Online Course in Systematic Reviews

Free online PhD course in the use of systematic reviews in the social sciences. The course will be offered in June 2020, and is designed to …

Video: Trick or treat? Why do legal responses to Covid-19 differ across Europe?

As the Covid-19 virus spread across the globe, European counties have adopted different legislative approaches to effectively combat the pandemic. Citing the need for rapid …

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 …

CANCELLED: 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 – 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 …