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 the two directors Siri Gloppen and Liv Tønnessen, and a Steering Committee of Unit leaders and representatives from collaborating institutions. Lara Côrtes is the centre’s coordinator, and Alida Steigler is the student group coordinator.
The day-to-day organisation of the centre is run by our team of students, affiliates and interns. Each research unit has a leader and many ongoing projects, lead by project leaders and project assistants (affiliates and students). The project assistants interact with the project leaders to promote the ongoing research in each project and organise events related to the research.