Call for applications: PhD course “Effects of Lawfare – Courts and law as battlegrounds for social change”

Apply here  by 20 May 2024 for the annual UiB/LawTransform PhD course Effects of Lawfare – Courts and law as battlegrounds for social change  (August 5th – 26th) 

The Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation is an integrated part of the course, which this year has three tracks: a general track exploring lawfare dynamics and effects across a range of thematic fields, and two specialized tracks focusing on: “Democracy, Autocratisation and Resistance” and  “Indigenous Peoples and Law: Authoritarian Regression, Climate and Colonialism”. Here is a link to the program for this year’s course, and to programs and impressions from earlier PhD courses.

This interdisciplinary course analyses potential and limits of law as an instrument of social change. It provides a unique opportunity to engage with leading scholars in the field, and with international research projects currently pursuing new approaches to better answer these questions . 

The first two weeks of the course (and the final day) are digital. During the third week, the students participate physically at the Bergen Exchanges.

Both the course and the conference are free of charge and open to PhD students from all disciplines and academic institutions.

Credits (ECTS): The full course yields 10 ECTS (participation, group work, paper abstract, presentation and paper (4000-6000 words), the partial course yields 3 ECTS points (participation, group work, paper abstract and presentation). The language of instruction is English. Master students will be accepted if space permits.

If you have any questions about the course, please contact the course coordinator, Ana Côrtes (