Justice Lydia Mugambe in conversation with Ruth Rubio Marin
On 21st August 2019, as part of the Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation LawTransform invited everyone to Lunch with the Judge. Ruth Rubio Marin (Professor of Law at the University of Sevilla and the European University Institute) interviewed Lydia Mugambe, Justice of the High Court of Uganda, who previously worked as legal officer and council with the UN International Tribunal for Rwanda. The seminar was supported financially by a grant from UiB Global Challenges, enabling us to bring Justice Mugambe to Bergen, and is linked to the CMI/LawTransform project “Women on the Bench”. It drew a large, attentive and engaged audience.
In their conversation Lydia Mugambe elaborated on her path to and experiences on the bench and responded to questions such as: What is it like to be a female judge? What are the incentives and obstacles that women face on the road to judgeship in different societies? And does it make a difference – to the operation of the court, its legitimacy or its judgments – whether there are women judges on a court – and how many they are?
Per Adde’s Life and Work
Perspectives on Indigenous Struggles in Art & Law
As part of the 2019 Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation, the CMI-UiB Centre on Law & Social Transformation – LawTransform – and Kunstgarasjen co-hosted an exhibition of Per Adde’s art, and three events to place focus on the role of art as a political strategy in struggles over natural resources and indigeneous rights. This was made possible through the hard work of a dedicated team, financial support from by Fritt Ord, Bergen Universitetsfond, UiB Global Challenges, Bergen kommune and Hordaland fylkeskommuneand collaboration with the Bergen Sami Society (Bergen Sameforening).
This was the first comprehensive exhibition showing the art of Per Adde (1926 -) in Bergen. It ran from 16 August to 8 September 2019 and gave a unique insight into Adde’s extensive work, where life and work are inextricably linked in an engagement with nature and against the forces that threaten life in the wilderness and the traditional ways of life of Sami reindeer herders.
As artist Birthe Marie Løveid observes, “When you look into the large, colourful landscape paintings you not only see reindeer in flight and the nature that opens up to the seasons – you also see the pressure from the inside. The scarlet mind, the greenish security, and the cobalt blue grief. Per Adde is the landscape, and painting is his language.”Per Adde himself says that “preferably, I want people to meet my pictures directly, realize that words are not necessary. The endless variety of nature’s shapes and colours, the richness of life and movement, give me important impulses. It becomes a kind of catalyst in my work, where I try to formulate my experiences and my sense of life in a picture, with pictorial means.”
More than 300 people attended the opening night of the exhibition, where Rakel Surlien, Minister of Environmental Affairs in Norway from 1983 to 1986, gave the opening speech, emphasizing Adde’s key role in establishing the Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park. The audience could enjoy musical performances by Anne Margrethe T. Hausvik and Snorre Bjerch, who had composed music for the occasion in Adde’s honour. In a conversation with Ole Frithjof Norheim, Per Adde discussed his art and political engagement – and the relationship between the two.
Throughout much of his life and through his art, Per Adde has been strongly involved in struggles for environmental protection and the rights of the Sami people. He took active part in the Alta campaign in the early 1980s and was awarded the King’s Medal for contribution to establish the Norland National Parks. For Adde, art and social and political engagement are closely linked, but at the same time independent in an art that is uncompromising in its artistic expression.
In addition to the opening night, several events were organized at Kunstgarasjen in conjunction with the exhibition. On 20 August, as part of the Bergen Exchanges program, LawTransform hosted a public seminar on Indigenous struggles in art and law. It drew a good crowd who were treated to joik as well as intellectual insights from Ande Somby, recitation of poems by the Guatemalan indigenous scholar and activist Irma Velasquez Nimatuj, and a lively discussion where Somby, Eva Marie Fjellhem and Ana Branconnier exchanged views on the role of art in indigeous struggles for recognition and rights.
Several articles were written about the exhibition – including in Klassekampen, Bergens Tidende and other news outlets.. Several of them highlighted that before the call from LawTransform, Per Adde though he had his last exhibition. But to have his first solo-exhibition in Bergen, as part of the Bergen Exchanges was an offer he could not refuse.
Thanks to thorough planning and good collaboration, the exhibition was also very successful in terms of audience support. As mentioned, more than 300 guests attended the opening on 16 August. There were also good audiences at the other events and generally during the exhibition period.
Although physical seminars are cancelled, we are starting having online events. We look forward to seeing you in our webinars! In the meantime you can also watch the events we previously streamed. Webinar: Barn i lock-down: Utfordrer korona-tiltakene barns rettigheter? Photo by Anthony Espinosa on Unsplash
As a measure to prevent the spread of corona virus in Bergen, we have cancelled all events until further notice. We look forward to seeing you when we announce new events, but in the meantime you can watch the events we previously streamed here: https://www.lawtransform.no/events-streaming
Date, time: 25th March 2020, 8.30-9.30 Place: Bergen Global, Jekteviksbakken 31 The Global Burden of Disease dataset is a great tool for understanding health and development all over the world. Using big data and statistics, professor Simon Øverland shows how to understand the health of the world, which development tools that actually work, and how […]
This year it is possible to combine the LawTransform PhD course “Effects of Lawfare” with the training in Humanitarian Diplomacy that runs in the afternoons of the Bergen Exchanges (17-21 August). This course is aimed at practitioners, researchers, and graduate students with an interest in humanitarian negotiations, relief, and diplomacy. Humanitarian negotiations have historically been […]
Date: Tuesday 17 March Time: 08:30-09:30 Venue: Bergen Global, Jekteviksbakken 31 Fieldwork interviews can be a daunting prospect, especially when facing a challenging situation or interviewing elites. But what are the real-life experiences of fieldwork and how is best to approach interviews? At this breakfast seminar, three PhD candidates will reflect on their experiences of […]
LawTransform PhD course “Effects of Lawfare: Courts and law as battlegrounds for social change” (10- 21 August, 2020) Application deadline 20 June, 2020! Apply here. Covid-19 update: we will have a digital PhD course starting from 10 August (with a preparatory period from 3 August). Note that the additional training in Humanitarian Diplomacy and participation […]
To celebrate the Sami National Day, the third Annual Lecture on Rights of Indigenous Peoples was arranged on the 6th of February. This year’s Annual Lecturer was Pigga Keskitalo (Docent, University of Helsinki and Researcher, Department of Education, University of Lapland). She talked about what the right to language and culture means for Sami people in […]
LawTransform in collaboration with Cine Latino wish to welcome you to the screening of «Los Lobos».
After the film there will be a conversation with CMI researcher Camila Gianella and Marthe Engedahl, who is a legal counsel for children’s rights at UNICEF, about the topics on children’s rights and migration.