Sexual and reproductive rights – a global legal battlefield

Camila Gianella, Siri Gloppen, Rachel Sieder, Alicia Yamin (2013)

Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Brief vol. 12 no. 1) 4 p.

Millennium Development Goal number 5 (MDG 5) aims to reduce maternal mortality. In this brief we argue that, in the current global context more rigorous research focusing on the legal battles around women’s sexual and reproductive rights – over who gets to control women’s bodies – is of critical importance if this goal is to […]

Gender Justice & Legal Pluralities

Rachel Sieder and John-Andrew McNeish (2013)

New York: Routledge-Cavendish

Gender Justice and Legal Pluralities: Latin American and African Perspectives examines the relationship between legal pluralities and the prospects for greater gender justice in developing countries. Rather than asking whether legal pluralities are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for women, the starting point of this volume is that legal pluralities are a social fact. Adopting a more […]

The Drivers of Transitional Justice: An Analytical Framework for Assessing the Role of Actors

Elin Skaar and Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm (2013)

in Nordic Journal of Human Rights vol. 31 no. 2 pp. 127-148

The transitional justice (TJ) field has gone through phases in which the role of actors and their environments – or structure and agency, more broadly viewed – have been alternatively emphasised. This article privileges agency as the focal point of analysis. The main task is to conceptualise ways in which actors promote, or obstruct, transitional […]

Giving Effect to Children’s Right to Health in Colombia? Analysing the Implementation of Court Decisions Ordering Health System Reform

Camila Gianella, Siri Gloppen and Elisabeth Fosse (2013)

in Journal of Human Rights Practice vol. 5 no. 1 pp. 153-176

Despite major developments to provide conceptual clarity to the legal enforcement of economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights, research analysing the processes of implementing court rulings and their actual impact is scarce, and there is a lack of consensus on the impacts of this kind of intervention on public policies, the plaintiffs, society, or on […]

Tribal marginalization in India: Social exclusion and protective law

Kavita Navlani Søreide (2013)

CMI Brief vol. 12 no. 4, 2nd edition

At the time of independence, India used protective law to address fears that its tribal majority regions would be marginalized vis-a-vis the larger, more developed states of the new nation. The ‘Sixth Schedule’ was written into the Indian Constitution to ensure rights of self-government for the tribal majorities in North Eastern Himalayas. This brief explores the context of the Sixth […]


Edited by Tina Søreide, University of Bergen, Norway and Aled Williams, Chr. Michelsen Ins tute (CMI), Bergen, Norway All societies develop their own norms about what is fair behaviour and what is not. Violations of these norms, including acts of corruption, can collectively be described as forms of ‘grabbing’. This unique volume addresses how grabbing […]

Human rights-based approaches to development: Concepts, evidence, and policy

Varun Gari and Siri Gloppen (2012)

in Polity vol. 44 no. 4 pp. 485-503

This article aims to organize thinking around human rights-based approaches to development (HRBAs) and to review available empirical evidence regarding their benefits, risks, and limitations. We propose a typology distinguishing four types of rights-based approaches: global compliance based on international and regional treaties; human rights-based programming on the part of donors and governments; rights talk; […]