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

Ph.D. -course

Course description

Course content

The course offers an introduction to the debates on the potential and limits of law as an instrument of social change and provides opportunities to engage with some of the foremost scholars in the field, and 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: "Child Rights" and "Democracy, Autocratization and Resistance".

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

Study period

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

Credits (ECTS)

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)

Course location

Hybrid course: Zoom and University of Bergen

(for venues see Bergen Exchanges 2023 program)

Language of instruction
English
Course registration and deadlines

The application deadline is 20 May, 2024.

Please use the Registration form

Submission of paper by 15 October, 2024

Form 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 2023

3 ECTS (partial course):

  • Submission of paper abstract (150-300 words)
  • Participation in the course (80% of seminars)
  • Presentation of their own work
Who may participate
PhD students. Postdoctoral researchers and MA level students will be accepted if space permits.
Programme
See full program attached
Academic responsible
Siri Gloppen
Lecturers
Professors Siri Gloppen, Marit Skivenes, Lise Rakner and Eirik Holmøyvik (UiB), Bruce Wilson (UCF), Conrado Hubner Mendes (USP), Daniel Brinks (UCF), Jackie Dugard (Columbia/Wits) Maria Popova (McGill), Marta Machado (FGV), Namita Wahi (CPR), Rachel Cichowski (UW), Tom Keck (Syracuse),
Reading list
Reading list attached