Human Rights Activism in Challenging Circumstances

Date/Time: 23 August 2022, 10:15-11:15 Venue: Kulturhuset This event will not be streamed. Human rights activists are under threat in many parts of the world. Not least those who work on economically or culturally sensitive issues such as indigenous rights, environmental and labor rights, gender equality, and sexual and reproductive rights. What makes them persist […]

Sexuality Politics, Lawfare and Violence: Global Contestations

Date/Time: 26 August 2022, 11:30-12:30 Venue: Kulturhuset and Zoom The celebration of the 50-year anniversary for the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Norway was marred by violence when on the eve of Oslo Pride two people were killed and many wounded in a shooting near a well-known gay bar. That this happened in a country frequently […]

Queer Lawfare in Africa: Queer Identities as Political Currency in Autocratisation Processes and Courts as Sites of Resistance

Date/Time: 26 August 2022, 10:00-11:15 Venue: Kulturhuset and Zoom Across much of Africa the lives of queer people – lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTIQ+) – are deeply affected by an extreme politicization of queer identities and rights. Church leaders and politicians are whipping up hatred, and anti-queer laws are tightened and more harshly […]

Keynote: Svati Shah: Postcolonial Queer and Trans Theory: The Country, the City, and Rural Imaginaries

Date/Time: 26 August 2022, 09:00-09:45 Venue: Kulturhuset and Zoom As LGBTQI+ movements and visibility gain momentum in South Asia and Africa, these spaces take shape as urban, developmentalist, and, in some respects, homonationalist and homocapitalist. In their keynote, Dr. Svati Shah reads work by South Asian historian Neeladhri Bhattacharya with political theorist Lyn Ossome’s work […]

New Paths in Climate Litigation

Date/Time: 23 August 2022, 11:30-12:30 Venue: Kulturhuset and Zoom Litigation is becoming a central avenue to force policy change to address the climate emergency. Climate related court cases are growing rapidly in numbers and are brought before courts in more and more countries and on the international level. Climate litigation is also expanding with regards to […]

Child Marriage and the Significance of Global Norm Diffusion

Date/Time: 25 August 2022, 15:15-16:00 Venue: Kulturhuset and Zoom Child marriage is defined as a person entering marriage before the age of 18. A number of international human rights norms and conventions aim to eliminate the practice which predominantly affects girls. Each year 12 million girls become child brides across the globe; many in contexts […]

Child Protection Systems Across the World

Date/Time: 25 August 2022, 12:30-13:00 Venue: Kulturhuset and Zoom Child protection services are organised very differently across the globe – but how significant are these differences for child rights protection? The interview presents the new DIPA/LawTransform (UiB) project Child Protection Systems Across the World  Participants: Jill Duerr Berrick (University of California Berkeley) and Marit Skivenes (DIPA, UiB) […]

“Pushing Pads”- Does It Work?

Date/Time: 25 August 2022, 14:00-15:00 Venue: Kulturhuset and Zoom Several international aid organisations claim that girls in low-income countries do not attend school when on their periods due to a lack of access to sanitary products such as pads, tampons, or menstrual cups. Many menstrual hygiene management (MHM) campaigns therefore distribute free sanitary products to […]

Contesting Indigenous Rights Against Climate Change Policies

Date/Time: 25 August 2022, 17:15-18:15 Venue: Kulturhuset and Zoom Climate change mitigation and adaptation policies – such as development of energy sources to replace fossil fuels – are almost invariably land-demanding. And hydroelectric dams and windmill parks are often constructed on land belonging to and used by indigenous peoples, resulting in conflicts where indigenous peoples’ […]

Indigenous Truth Commissions

Date/Time: 25 August 2022, 11:15-12:15 Venue: Kulturhuset and Zoom Indigenous peoples across the globe have increasingly demanded accountability for the human rights violations that have been committed against them, and in some countries, truth commissions have been set up as a mechanism to document abuses and further reconciliation – including in Norway, where there is […]