Legitimacy and Fallibility in Child Welfare Services

The need for improved child welfare systems is urgent worldwide, because we know that the outcome for children in these systems is unsatisfactory, and the evidence for the correlations between childhood neglect and abuse and adult well-being is well-documented, e.g. in the Adverse Childhood Experiences studies. The aim of this NFR-funded project is to identify […]

Drivers of Justice: The Dynamics of Accountability Mechanisms in Transitions from Violent Conflict

Addressing human rights violations of the past through transitional justice (TJ) mechanisms is a persistent demand in many countries emerging from violent conflict, and has a central place in the evolving UN policy framework for peacebuilding. Yet mechanisms such as trials and truth commissions are sometimes aborted or deferred through compromises, often have unclear impact, […]

Juridification and Social Citizenship

Far-reaching processes of juridification are perceived to be at work in Norwegian society and globally, with expanding and more detailed legal regulation, legal regulation of new areas, conflicts and problems increasingly being framed as legal claims, authority shifting from political bodies to courts and other judicial and quasi-judicial bodies,  and a development where a judicial way of […]

Regulating Religion: Secularism and Religious Freedom in the Global Era

The contemporary moment is marked by an unprecedented “faith” in the law (Comaroff 2009). The aim of this multidisciplinary project is to provide new and critical understandings of the dilemmas involved in both protecting and enforcing “religious freedom”. What is all-too-often ignored in current invocations of this celebrated idea(l), is that in order to enforce […]

Reconceptualising Transitional Justice: The Latin American Experience

The main aim of this project is to develop a comprehensive analytical framework for comparative analysis to explore how the choice of mechanisms for handling gross human rights violations (truth commissions, trials, amnesties, and reparations) may affect peace building. A twofold strategy will be used to develop the framework: First, by collecting and systematically examining […]

A Way Out of Violent Conflict? The Impact of Transitional Justice Mechanisms on Peacebuilding

Transitional justice mechanisms such as criminal trials and truth commissions have increasingly been adopted in the aftermath of violent conflict, and are generally considered vital to peacebuilding. Yet we know very little about the actual impact of such strategies on the societies concerned. This project has two aims: (i) to develop an analytical framework useful […]

Climate Change Discourse, Rights, and the Poor

Abstract:  This project aims to strengthen the competence of Norway as it increasingly becomes a key player on the relations between climate and poverty by improving the knowledge base on Norway’s bilateral relations with South Africa, contribute to a better understanding of the challenges for development aid cooperation to be responsible towards both the environment and […]

Judicial Independence and Human Rights in Latin America: Violations, Politics and Prosecution

In many Latin American countries, former military officers are now facing charges of torture, murder, forced disappearance, and genocide committed under the dictatorships of the 1970s and 1980s. Why is this happening now, years after the transition to democracy? And why are courts in some countries leading the way? This comparative analysis, focusing on the […]

Poverty Reduction and Gender Justice in Contexts of Complex Legal Pluralism

There is broad agreement in international development on the higher incidence of women amongst the global poor and on the role that gender inequalities play in women’s poverty. Yet there is little understanding of the role complex legal pluralities play in producing gendered forms of poverty. Since the adoption of the United Nations Convention on […]

Manipulating Courts in New Democracies. Forcing Judges off the Bench in Argentina

This is a solo book manuscrit to by published by Routledge 2017. Abstract: When do a justice leave office? Typically, a justice with life tenure would leave office when either he dies, has health problems, reaches the age retirement, and, in those cases that justices are not appointed for life when he finishes his term. But, […]