Bergen Exchanges 2020

The Bergen Exchanges will take place from 17-21 August 2020 and will be on a smaller scale than non-Covid19 years with 1-3 sessions per day in the afternoons. The main focus will be on Inequality & Intersectionality, Migration, Humanitarianism, Democracy and Methods. You can check the draft program here.

We will have a digital PhD course Effects of Lawfare which will start on the 10 August and run until 21 August. There will be a preparatory period from 3 August. Application deadline is 20 June, 2020 – Apply here.

CANCELLED: This year it is possible to combine the PhD course with the training in Humanitarian Diplomacy that runs in the afternoons of this year’s Bergen Exchanges (17-21 August, more information here). There is also the option of participating in the Global Law and Politics Convergent Workshop and present your research design there (15-16 August, for more information see here).

If you are interested in attending, please email

If you are interested in volunteering, click here.

More information to follow.


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 17-21 August 2020. The main events venue is at Bergen Global, Jekteviksbakken 31, but some events will be in different venues. 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 will run 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 (