Bergen Exchanges 2020

The Bergen Exchanges will take place from 14-21 August 2020 and will be on a smaller scale than non-Covid19 years with 2-3 sessions per day in the afternoons. The main focus will be on Law & (In)equality – in cities, democracy, migration & knowledge, gender, child rights and natural resources and climate change. All events will also be streamed online at Bergen Global’s YouTube page.  The program is available here.

We are delighted to be organising events with the Global Research Programme on Inequality (GRIP), Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism, and the Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting (BCEPS), and with the support of UiB Global Challenges (GSU), the Norwegian Research Council, the Rafto Foundation, Fritt Ord, and Bergen Municipality.

If you are interested in attending, please email

If you are interested in volunteering, click here.


The Bergen Exchanges is a meeting place for scholars and practitioners from across the globe who seek to understand how law serves as an instrument of change – and how it shapes and is shaped by power relations. During a week of public discussions, we examine strategic uses of rights and law and how legal institutions function as arenas for political contestation (lawfare). Read more about the history and motivation behind the Bergen Exchanges here.


The Bergen Exchanges will take place in Bergen, Norway from 14-21 August 2020. The main events venue is at Bergen Global, Jekteviksbakken 31. You can attend the seminar physically at Bergen Global (limited places) or watch the seminars online.

Please note that according to corona virus regulations all participants must keep a distance of at least one metre from each other and maintain good hand hygiene. Your name and phone number will be registered and kept for 10 days. If you have any respiratory tract symptoms you should stay at home.

According to the infection control measures, we need to have an overview of who is present at all times and thus kindly ask all who plans to participate to sign up beforehand via this link:

For more information about travel and the city of Bergen, see here.

PhD course

Alongside the Bergen Exchanges, we run a PhD course on the Effects of Lawfare. The course runs from 10-21 August. For more information, see here. To learn more about the PhD course, here is what happened in 2019.

Project workshops 

Alongside the events of the Bergen Exchanges, there are also project workshops for our active and developing projects . The workshops bring together researchers working on the projects for two days of discussions and presentations. The projects will host public sessions to present the ongoing project findings during the Bergen Exchanges.

To get in touch

For more information, please contact LawTransform director Siri Gloppen ( For information about the PhD course, contact Giedre Casaite ( If you would like to volunteer at the Bergen Exchanges, contact Alida Steigler (