What is the Centre on Law and Social Transformation?

Centre on Law & Social TransformationLawTransform – brings together 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.

LawTransform is lead by Director Siri Gloppen, co-director Malcom Langford, Coordinator Ingvild Skage and a Steering Committee of Unit leaders and representatives from collaborating institutions.  The day-to-day organisation of the centre is run by our team of volunteers and interns.

Bergen Exchanges, PhD-course and other events

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. As part of the Bergen Exchanges, we invite a leading international scholar to give the Annual Lecture on Law & Social Transformation

Throughout the year we organise public seminars and film-screenings, and LawTransform affiliates give relevant courses at UiB and beyond. For details and information about events, visit our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

Do you share our interest in how law shapes societies, and the use of rights and courts as tools for social change?

The interns and volunteers bring LawTransform alive by planning and organising activities throughout the year, and particularly during the Bergen Exchanges. Our “Coalition of the willing” consists of dedicated students, PhD scholars, and researchers. Interns hold co- responsibility for information and activities linked to a research unit (with the academic coordinator of the unit); develop and update webpages, profiling, organizing events, PR and research assistance.

If you are interested in being an intern or volunteer at LawTransform, contact us at info@lawtransform.no. You can also contact our coordinator Ingvild Skage (Ingvild.Skage@uib.no) or Director Siri Gloppen (siri.gloppen@uib.no).


LawTransform is made up of the following thematic units

Child Rights 


Gender, Sexuality & the Law 

Health Rights

Natural Resources & Climate Lawfare

Inequality & effects of Law

Democracy & Law

Courts & Judicial Independence

Transitional Justice 

Corruption & criminal Law


Centre on Law and Social Transformation is based in Jekteviksbakken 31 (the CMI/Juss II building) using the Bergen Resource Centre for International Development as the main venue for seminar series and events.