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

Ph.D. -course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course analyses the debates on the potential and limits of law as an instrument of social change. It provides a unique opportunity to engage with some of the foremost scholars in the field, and with international research projects currently seeking better answers to these questions. The students can choose among a general track or special tracks focusing on legalized contestations in particular fields: "Indigenous peoples and Law_ Autoritarian regression, climate and colonialism" and "Democracy, Autocratization and Resistance".

See full program attached

Learning Outcomes

Full course (10 ECTS):

Upon successful completion of this course the participants should be able to:

  • provide an overview of the debates on the potential and limits of law as an instrument of social change
  • demonstrate a thorough understanding of the accelerating juridification and judicialisation of societies and of politics
  • analyze law as a political field

Partial course (3 ECTS):

Upon successful completion of this course the participants should be able to:

  • provide an overview on the debates on the potential and limits of law as an instrument of social change
  • demonstrate a thorough understanding of the accelerating juridification and judicialisation of societies and of politics

ECTS Credits

The full course yields 10 ECTS (participation, paper abstract, presentation and paper, 4-6000 words)

Partial course yields 3 ECTS points (participation, paper abstract and presentation)

Level of Study

PhD

Semester of Instruction

Autumn

Dates: 5 August - 26 August 2024

(Digital course 5-16 and 26 August, physical sessions in Bergen 19-23 August)

The application deadline is 20 May, 2024.

Please use the Registration form

Submission of paper by 15 October, 2024

Place of Instruction

Hybrid course: Zoom and University of Bergen

(for venues see Bergen Exchanges 2024 program)

Required Previous Knowledge
PhD students. Postdoctoral researchers and MA level students will be accepted if space permits.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
AORG908 10/3 ECTS
Access to the Course
PhD students. Postdoctoral researchers and MA level students will be accepted if space permits.
Teaching and learning methods

See full program attached

Lecturers:

Professors Siri Gloppen, Lise Rakner, Marit Skivenes, and Aaron Sptizer (UiB), Bruce Wilson (UCF), Conrado Hubner Mendes (USP), Danielle Rached (USP), Daniel Brinks (UCF), Jackie Dugard (Columbia/Wits) Maria Popova (McGill), Marta Machado (FGV), Namita Wahi (CPR), Rachel Cichowski (UW), Tom Keck (Syracuse)

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
None
Forms of Assessment

10 ECTS (full course):

  • Submission of paper abstract (150-300 words)
  • Participation in the course (80% of seminars)
  • Presentation of their own work
  • Paper (article journal draft, 4-6000 words with an additional reading list of 500 pages, which can be from the elective reading list) submitted by 15 October 2024

3 ECTS (partial course):

  • Submission of paper abstract (150-300 words)
  • Participation in the course (80% of seminars)
  • Presentation of their own work
Grading Scale
Pass/Fail
Assessment Semester
Autumn
Reading List
Reading list attached
Course Coordinator
Professor Siri Gloppen