Autocratization Dynamics: Innovations in Research-Embedded Learning

Timeframe: 01/01/2022 - 01/31/2026

Project Leader: Lise Rakner (UiB)

Funding: Norwegian Research Council (NRC) & HK-dir 10 mill NOK

About the project

“Autocratization Dynamics” aims to further strengthen UiB-CMI LawTransform as a global hub for research at the intersection of law and politics, and as a leading centre for innovations in horizontal research-embedded education, by forging long-term partnerships with leading research and educational institutions in the field. With 12 partner institutions drawn from among the strongest education and research institutions in Brazil, Canada, India, Norway South Africa and the United States, we aim to create new research on the effects of autocratization dynamics across the globe. The collaboration will secure the advancement of research and education of the highest quality in Norway by developing new interdisciplinary research projects deepening our efforts to understand the role of law in authoritarian dynamics – both in the global south and in the north – and how this plays out in key policy areas. Through innovative research-embedded course developments and student-driven teaching modules Autocratization Dynamics will confront the challenging global environment of competing information streams and where factual information increasingly is politicized and the value of science and academic freedom undermined. To better understand the challenges posed by autocratization and how legal tools may be used to legitimize undemocratic politics, a key aim of all universities in our consortium is to educate students to become active and critical producers of knowledge. To do so, we aim to create a partnership between researchers and students where the students are in the driver’s seat in the development of courses and research projects. LawTransform has significant experience facilitating horizontal exchange on research ideas between senior and junior scholars; building international, interdisciplinary partnerships on research projects, and cross-faculty and cross-institutional teaching, both face-to face and digital. The project will build on and further develop this.

Contact persons from each partner institution:

Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI): Liv Tønnessen

Getulio Vargas Foundation Rio de Janeiro Law School (FGVRJ): Danielle Rached

Getulie Vargas Foundation São Paulo Law School (FGVSP): Marta Machado

McGill University: Maria Popova

Centre for Policy Research: Namita Wahl

Cornell University: Rachel Riedl

Syracuse University: Thomas Keck

University of Central Florida: Bruce Wilson

University of São Paulo: Conrado Hübner Mendes

University of Texas at Austin: Dan Brinks

University of Washington (UW): Rachel Cichowski

University of Witwatersrand: Jackie Dugard


Project outcomes:

PhD Course: Effects of Lawfare 2022


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