Department of Comparative Politics
PhD course

Effects of Lawfare: Courts and law as battlegrounds for social change

The University of Bergen offers a PhD course in connection with Bergen Exchanges 2016, organized by Centre on Law and Social Transformation (Chr. Michelsen Institute and Department of Comparative Politics). The course is held August 18th – August 26th.

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The course gives an introduction to the debates on the potential limits of law as an instrument of social change. In addition, participants are given the opportunity to engage with some of the foremost scholars in the field, as well as international research projects currently seeking answers to current questions regarding the juridification of societies and politics.

The course consists of a mixture of lectures specifically designed for the course, participation in research project workshops and open roundtables that form part of the Bergen Exchanges on Law and Social Transformation. Students will also present their own work.

Course leaders are Camilla Gianella (Department of Comparative Politics/CMI), Bruce Wilson (University of Central Florida/CMI) and Siri Gloppen (Department of Comparative Politics/LawTransform Director).

Lecturers include Andrea Castagnola (Department of Comparative Politics), Tom Keck (Syracuse University), Alicia Yamin (Harvard University), Elin Skaar (CMI) and Malcolm Langford (University of Oslo/CMI).

Students will receive 3 ECTS for participating in the course (80 % of seminars), submission of paper abstract (150-300 words), and presentation of own work to course participants.  Students who submit a publishable journal article (4,000-6,000 words, with an additional reading list of 500 pages, which can be from the elective reading list) by 15 October 2016 are awarded an additional 7 ECTS. (MA level students will be accepted if space permits).

The application deadline is August 10th. Only 18 students will be accepted.