Events: Sexual and Reproductive Rights Lawfare

Gender quotas on the rise – polarization or parity
Date: 15 March 2019
In this seminar, Ruth Rubio-Marin discussed the possibilities and challenges connected to the rise of gender quotas in Europe as she presents in the new edited book “Transforming Gender Citizenship: The Irresistible Rise of gender Quotas in Europe”. Following her presentation, Professor Ragnhild L. Muriaas and Pilar Domingo joined the panel for a discussion of the use of gender quotas in a global perspective.
Masters week – Attitudes towards homosexuals in Africa
Date: 5 March 2019
This seminar was part of the Masters week seminar series, in which current and former LawTransform students present their master thesis. In this session, Ruben Berge Mathisen presented his thesis: A postmaterialist explanation for homophobia in Africa: Multilevel analysis of attitudes towards homosexuals in 33 African countries. The presentation was followed by a discussion with Norman Anderssen and Lise Rakner. Ingvild Aagedal Skage moderated the conversation. You can read more and access the whole thesis here.

Den nye abortdebatten – globale og juridiske perspektiver

Date: 13 December 2018

In light of suggested changes to the Norwegian abortion law, this breakfast seminar centered on the proposed changes to the law and on the global trend of abortion rights being under pressure. The particpants, Hans Fredrik Marthinussen, Liv Tønnessen and Heidi Frances Thornhill (head doctor of the Womens’ Clinic at Haukeland), discussed the topic in a legal, social and international perspective. Siri Gloppen moderated the seminar.

Documentary screening: Breaking Free

Date: 29 October 2018

Screening of the documentary film ‘Breaking Free‘ by Indian filmmaker Sridhar Rangayan (2015). The documentary provides an insight into the experiences of the LGBTQI community in India, featuring personal testimonies from gay and transgender persons and interviews with advocates and activists from across India. The screening was followed by a conversation with the audience, in which the audience and moderator Siri Gloppen reflected around the documentary topic and the documentary in light of recent developments in LGBT rights in India.

The decriminalization of homosexuality in India: Litigating on love

Date: 22 October 2018

Presentation by Vikram Kolmannskog on the recent verdict from the Supreme Court of India that decriminalized homosexual acts. This was followed by a conversation between Kolmannskog and Jayna Kothari, in which they discussed the constitutional developments arising from the judgement, the advocacy strategy in India, the response of the Indian judiciary, what the decriminalization means for the LGBTQIA community in India and abroad, and the lessons that other countries could learn from the struggle for the right to love in India. Siri Gloppen moderated the seminar. Following this seminar, Vikram published a brief on the topic of decriminalization.