Queer Lawfare in Africa: Legal Strategies in Contexts of LGBTIQ+ Criminalisation and Politicisation

Adrian Jjuuko, Siri Gloppen, Alan Msosa and Frans Viljoen eds. (2022)

The book “Queer Lawfare in Africa: Legal Strategies in Contexts of LGBTIQ+ Criminalisation and Politicisation” is out. Edited by Adrian Jjuuko, Siri Gloppen, Alan Msosa and Frans Viljoen, it focuses on the strategies that activists for LGBTIQ+ equality in Africa deploy to challenge deep-seated homophobia and transphobia, as well as the politicisation of LGBTIQ+ issues. Excerpt […]

We Must Support a Special Tribunal for Ukraine Now!

Blogpost by Liliia Oprysk (Ukrainian in Norway and Associate Professor of Law, University of Bergen) and Terje Einarsen (Chairperson ICJ Norway and Professor of International Law, University of Bergen) These days, there is a very important international discussion going on about the establishment of a special international tribunal for the greatest crime in Ukraine; the war […]

Commemorating 80 Years Since the Deportation of the Norwegian Jews

Blogpost by Dorothee Alberts Walking through many European cities today all that reminds us of the vibrant Jewish life and culture that once was part of these cities are small brass cobblestones, so called “Stolpersteine“. These stones are engraved with the name and date of birth and death — if known — of a Jewish […]

Blogpost: Reflections from the Graduate Student Conference on Public Law

Blogpost by Wesley Maraire Over the years, public law has increasingly taken a larger space within the broader political science field. It’s a natural progression really when you think about the relationship between law, politics, and society. For, it would not be scientific rigour if we analysed the behaviour of legal decision-makers and the law-related […]

The Limits of Judicialization. From Progress to Backlash in Latin America

Blogpost by Juliana Jaramillo A new book to reflect upon the promises, pitfalls, and lessons of judicialization: The publication of The Limits of Judicialization. From Progress to Backlash in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2022) offers an excellent opportunity to reflect on the core topic of LawTransform’s work since the inception of the Centre—the role of […]

Abortion rights lawfare: politicization, activism, and backlash

Siri Gloppen (2022)

New blog post by Siri Gloppen Abortion is central to politics across the globe in unprecedented ways. Abortion was key to President Bolsonaro’s election campaign ahead of the 2 October elections in Brazil; it has repeatedly brought people to the streets in Poland, Ireland, and across much of Latin America – in some cases resulting […]

The Right to Water and Vulnerable Populations: Whose Voices are Heard in the UN CESCR Monitoring Mechanism?

New article by Thalia Viveros-Uehara Civil society has long demanded that human rights monitoring mechanisms be accessible not only for big international NGOs, but also for grassroots and domestic civil society organizations. Ensuring equal participation in these procedures has never been timelier as increasing socioeconomic inequalities widen the barriers for vulnerable populations to engage in […]

Brazilian elections: can abortion be a key factor?

Lívia Buzolin (2022)

New blogpost by Lívia Buzolin Abortion is a topic that has been mobilised in the ongoing Brazilian electoral debates to attract votes or, at least, to make the opponent lose them. Even though abortion is legal in cases of rape, risk to the woman’s life or health, risk of severe foetal malformation, and in case […]

Water Rights Struggles in Johannesburg and Detroit Revisited: Looking Beyond Courts at the Politics and Power of Rights- Based Legal Mobilization in a Neoliberal Global Order: A ‘Powerpack’ Analysis

New article by Jackie Dugard Responding to the limits of court-based analyses and top-down position-taking in prevailing legal mobilization scholarship, this article goes beyond the courtroom to explore the value of rights-based legal mobilization from the perspective of those engaged in the campaigns to challenge racialized water disconnection in Johannesburg (2004–9) and Detroit (2014–). Against […]

Reunification philosophy, practice and research: We can do better for families

Jill Duerr Berrick (2022)

Blogpost by Jill Duerr Berrick, Zellerbach Family Foundation Professor at U.C. Berkeley, U.S., and Professor II at the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism, UiB, Norway. How can we help parents and children to reunify after a child protection removal of a child? Sadly, very few programs and services available for professionals today can document […]