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 […]

Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation 2018

Time: 20. – 24. August 2018 Main venue: Bergen Resource Centre for International Development, Jekteviksbakken 31 Open to the public. The Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation  is an intense 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 over the world to discuss different aspects […]

Volunteer at the Bergen Exchanges 2018 (20-24 August)

Every year in late August we organize the Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation, an intense 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 over the world to discuss different aspects of the potential of law as an instrument for social change. This year, the overall […]

Recent publications

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 …

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 …

Recent news

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 …

Register for our PhD course on “Effects of Lawfare: Courts and law as battlegrounds for social change”

In addition to the general track, there are two options of specialisation: Effects of Lawfare concerning Child Rights and Health Rights. The course combines lectures specifically designed for the …