Democracy and Autocratization by Law

Date: Monday 17 August 2020
Time: 16:15-17:15
Venue: Bergen Global, Jekteviksbakken 31


You can attend the seminar physically at Bergen Global (limited places) or watch the seminar online:

Across the word, we now see many regimes moving towards less democratic forms of rule. This is often done through legal means and also often by governments who have gained power through democratic elections. In this seminar we ask how law serves the purposes of autocratic backsliding rulers across regimes, and whether it also offers means of resistance. And to what extent and how has governments used legislation related to the Covid-19 to tighten their control?

In this seminar political scientists and legal scholars will discuss central political developments that challenge law and politics to “speak across disciplines” in order to grapple with how political inequalities are exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Roundtable moderated by Lise Rakner (University of Bergen) with Matthew Gichohi (UiB), Eirik Holmøyvik (UiB), Marta Machado (FGV Law School, Brazil).

This event is part of the Bergen Exchanges on Law and Social Transformation. It is free and open to all. 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:

Seating is limited, so first come, first served.