LawTransform: Effects of Rights & Law

The project aims to consolidate the Centre on Law & Social Transformation (LawTransform) as a leading hub for scholarship on the use of law as an instrument of social change, and to advance high-quality research-based education in this field in Norway and abroad. Background and purpose: Our project brings together an interdisciplinary team of scholars […]

Political determinants of sexual and reproductive health: Criminalisation, health impacts and game changers

  Why is homosexuality (encompassing lesbian, gay, bi, trans*/LGBT) more politicized and criminalized in Africa than elsewhere? Can similar politicization of abortion be prevented? And what are the health impacts? This project analyses LGBT and abortion politics in ten African countries: Sudan, Tunisia, Senegal, Malawi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Zambia and South Africa. Development actors […]

Abortion Rights Lawfare in Latin America

Abstract: The project analyses the strategic use of rights and law in battles over abortion rights in Latin America – and the various effects of this lawfare between opposing groups. Background and purpose: The growing scholarship on the interaction between judicial institutions and human rights in Latin America has mainly focused on socially progressive, rights-expanding forms of […]

Sexual and Reproductive Rights Lawfare: Global battles

Sexual and Reproductive Rights (SRR) are controversial in most societies. Political polarization has been particularly pronounced on to abortion rights and rights of sexual minorities (LGBTIQ – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer – persons), but is also evident in issues such as the regulation of contraception, sterilization and adultery, divorce, sexual education and stem […]

Poverty Reduction and Gender Justice in Contexts of Complex Legal Pluralism

There is broad agreement in international development on the higher incidence of women amongst the global poor and on the role that gender inequalities play in women’s poverty. Yet there is little understanding of the role complex legal pluralities play in producing gendered forms of poverty. Since the adoption of the United Nations Convention on […]

The role of courts and civil society in safeguarding women’s human rights in Bangladesh

In spite of more than three decades of efforts to promote women’s rights in Bangladesh, the results have been piecemal and only slowly forthcoming, leaving unanswered a number of questions about the interrelations over the last three decades between the legislature, the judiciary system and the civil society in enforcing and promoting gender justice and […]

Gender (in)justice – Pakistan

The report review steps taken by the Musharraf government to combat honour killings through an examination of legal reforms in the years between 2003- 2006. The phenomenon of honour killings is analysed through the lens of legal pluralism where the negative synergies in the interplay between customary law (riwaj) and religious law (Sharia) has undermined […]