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Bergen Exchanges 2019

Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation

The main themes for Bergen Exchanges 2019 are Natural Resources, Corruption, Indigenous Rights and Law and Technology.

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Bergen Exchanges


We are very excited to welcome scholars from around the world to participate in the week-long exchanges. You find a detailed programme here.

Some of our program highlights:

Monday 19 August, 11:00-12:15: Keynote by Louise Shelley (Professor of Law and Director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) at George Mason University) Natural Resource Corruption – How to research and address it?

Tuesday 20 August, 09:30-10:30: Keynote by Rachel Sieder (CIESAS/CMI) Indigenous rights as political tools – struggles over land and identity

Wednesday 21 August, 09:00-10:00: Keynote by Malcolm Langford (University of Oslo) Research methods in socio-legal studies

Wednesday 21 August, 18:00-19:30: Annual Lecture on Law & Social Transformation: Irma Alicia Velasquez Nimatuj Justice beyond the final verdict: The Sepur Zarco case and the aftermath of court-ordered reparations in transitional justice cases in Guatemala

Thursday 22 August, 09:00-11:00: Keynote by Leo Heller (UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Water) The Human Right to Water as a Governance Mechanism and Political Tool 

Thursday 22 August, 18:00-19:30: Film screening of River Nomads (Screening of Eric Hahonou’s documentary and discussion with Jessica Schultz (U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre/CMI)

Friday 23 August, 09:00-10:30: Keynote by Kristin Sandvik Law, Technology & Ethics

Friday 23 August, 12:00-13:15: Keynote by France Winddance Twine The Global Womb: The political economy of reproductive technology

For the first time, this year we will also co-host an art exhibition with Kunstgarasjen. We are excited to bring the work of Per Adde to Bergen and will host an exhibition opening and talk by him at the exhibition. He has a strong involvement in, and commitment to nature conservation, governmental art policy and Sami rights.

The Bergen Exchanges is a meeting place for scholars and practitioners from across the globe who seek to understand how law serves as an instrument of change – and how it shapes and is shaped by power relations. During a week of public discussions, we examine strategic uses of rights and law and how legal institutions function as arenas for political contestation (lawfare).

This year, we are delighted to co-host and co-organise events with Chr. Michelsen InstituteU4 Anti-Corruption Resource CentreBergen GlobalKirkens Bymisjon BergenRafto Foundation for Human Rights and Kunstgarasjen.

Read more about the history and motivation behind the Bergen Exchanges here.