About the Centre

What is the Centre on Law and Social Transformation?

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 numerous institutions in Bergen and globally, and are drawn from a broad range of academic fields, including law, political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, medicine and psychology.

Through a number of interdisciplinary research projects, we explore how law and legal institutions function, and how legal strategies are used as political tools (lawfare) to advance goals such as children’s- and migrants’ rights, health, sustainable development, peace and gender equality – and develop new methods to study the effects.

Structure of the centre

LawTransform is lead by Director Siri Gloppenco-director Malcom Langford, and a Steering Committee of Unit leaders and representatives from collaborating institutions. Marit Tjelmeland is the volunteer coordinator.

The day-to-day organisation of the centre is run by our team of volunteers and interns. Each research unit has a leader and many ongoing projects, lead by project leaders and project assistants (volunteers). The project assistants interact with the project leaders to promote the ongoing research in each project and organise events related to the research.

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