Expert Witnesses Assessments of Child Welfare Removals of New-Borns

Master thesis, University of Bergen (2017) Original Title: Sakkyndige som «demokratiets sorte hull»? En vignettstudie av sakkyndige psykologers vurderinger av barnevernssaker Abstract: Denne studien er en kvantitativ vignettstudie som undersøker hvordan barnefaglige sakkyndige psykologer og psykologspesialister vurderer emosjonell og fysisk omsorgssvikt hos spedbarn (N=116). Undersøkelsen ble sendt ut til alle barnefaglige sakkyndige psykologer og psykologspesialister […]

Influence and Legitimacy: Civil Society Organizations and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Master thesis, University of Bergen (2017). Abstract: The Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is a UN Treaty body with the mandate to assess the State parties’ adherence to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This assessment is carried out in a periodic reporting process, where the CRC receives information about […]

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 […]

Legitimacy and Fallibility in Child Welfare Services

The need for improved child welfare systems is urgent worldwide, because we know that the outcome for children in these systems is unsatisfactory, and the evidence for the correlations between childhood neglect and abuse and adult well-being is well-documented, e.g. in the Adverse Childhood Experiences studies. The aim of this NFR-funded project is to identify […]

Drivers of Justice: The Dynamics of Accountability Mechanisms in Transitions from Violent Conflict

Addressing human rights violations of the past through transitional justice (TJ) mechanisms is a persistent demand in many countries emerging from violent conflict, and has a central place in the evolving UN policy framework for peacebuilding. Yet mechanisms such as trials and truth commissions are sometimes aborted or deferred through compromises, often have unclear impact, […]

Regulating Religion: Secularism and Religious Freedom in the Global Era

The contemporary moment is marked by an unprecedented “faith” in the law (Comaroff 2009). The aim of this multidisciplinary project is to provide new and critical understandings of the dilemmas involved in both protecting and enforcing “religious freedom”. What is all-too-often ignored in current invocations of this celebrated idea(l), is that in order to enforce […]

Reconceptualising Transitional Justice: The Latin American Experience

The main aim of this project is to develop a comprehensive analytical framework for comparative analysis to explore how the choice of mechanisms for handling gross human rights violations (truth commissions, trials, amnesties, and reparations) may affect peace building. A twofold strategy will be used to develop the framework: First, by collecting and systematically examining […]

Climate Change Discourse, Rights, and the Poor

Climate change as a scientific issue is now a widely accepted global challenge. Narratives of climate change are becoming central to development discourse, and increasingly frame understandings of other global challenges, such as poverty and health. In this project we ask how the new climate change narratives affect approaches and responses to the poor and […]

Judicial Independence and Human Rights in Latin America: Violations, Politics and Prosecution

In many Latin American countries, former military officers are now facing charges of torture, murder, forced disappearance, and genocide committed under the dictatorships of the 1970s and 1980s. Why is this happening now, years after the transition to democracy? And why are courts in some countries leading the way? This comparative analysis, focusing on the […]

Suing the State for climate change

PhD research project, Catalina Vallejo. Los Andes University School of Law. Supervisor: Cesar Rodriguez-Garavito. How do courts around the world hold governments accountable for their failing to mitigate or adapt to climate change? Climate change is a complex global problem and poses a unique challenge for societies and for the law. As part of a […]