LawTransform: Effects of Rights & Law

Project Team: Siri Gloppen, Lara Côrtes, Marta Machado, Conrado Mendes, Jayna Kothari, Namita Wahi, Jackie Dugard, Bruce Wilson, Daniel Brinks (project managers) and several scholars in the partner institutions

Timeframe: 01/06/2018 - 08/31/2022

The project aims to consolidate the Centre on Law & Social Transformation (LawTransform) as a leading hub for scholarship on the use of law as an instrument of social change, and to advance high-quality research-based education in this field in Norway and abroad.

Background and purpose:

Our project brings together an interdisciplinary team of scholars based in research and higher education institutions in Norway, Brazil, India, South Africa and the United States, who work in areas such as gender, health and natural resources (land, water).

With the support of the Research Council of Norway and the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (Diku) through the INTPART-programme, LawTransform has built on research projects based at the centre to provide innovative and relevant interdisciplinary research-based education. More concretely, LawTransform:

  • has improved the PhD course “Effects of Lawfare” at the University of Bergen (UiB), making it a permanent course taught every August;
  • has enabled students form partner institutions to travel to Bergen to participate in the PhD course;
  • has supported researchers stays at partner institutions in Norway and abroad;
  • has applied for new research projects.

The project team is now working on the development of an online module as a preparation for the annual LawTransform PhD course as well as on online modules to be taught at the partner institutions as part of existing regular courses with common topics and goals.

Our partner institutions are University of Bergen (UiB) and Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) in Norway, Fundacão Getulio Vargas (FGV) and University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil, Centre for Law & Policy Research (CLPR), Bangalore and Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi, in India, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg in South Africa and University of Texas at Austin and University of Central Florida (UCF) in the United States.