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Facing the realities of corruption and REDD+

15 Jun 2012
Will REDD+ improve forest governance and address corruption, or add to corruption problems leading to social, environmental and economic harm?

Caught between rape and adultery

21 May 2012
Sudanese women activists launch reform initiatives to bring justice to rape victims. Non-governmental and governmental actors alike advocate for change. -International donors should seize this window of opportunity and facilitate dialogue between different stakeholders in Sudan, says CMI-researcher Liv Tønnessen.

Bergen Seminar in Development Economics

14 May 2012
How does the strategic interaction between modern law and customs work? How poor are the poor? These are among the questions that will be discussed in the Bergen Seminar in Development Economics.

Moderate reforms are more likely to succeed

14 May 2012
-Moderate reforms can have a positive magnet effect on traditional oppressive social norms, says Jean-Philippe Platteau.

Constitutional protection of social rights: Comparative perspectives

8 May 2012 | CMI/UoB seminar
Roberto Gargarella, Octavio Ferraz, Sudhir Krishnaswamy, Jayna Kothari, Anneken Sperr and Henriette Sinding Larsen compare and discuss research from Latin-America, India, Norway and Germany.

What is there to learn from Hugo Chavez?

26 Jan 2012
During the past decade, Venezuela has used revenue from the oil sector to reduce poverty and foster social development. Questions of social inequalities are high up on the political agenda, says Iselin Åsedotter Strønen.

Chasing untraceable money

18 Jan 2012
Current efforts to combat money laundering in the informal financial sector have had very limited effects. Informal money transfer systems cannot be treated and controlled like formal banks, says CMI advisor Jesper Johnsøn in a newly published article.

The complexity of religious domination

10 Jan 2012
In Jordan, churches and mosques are situated side by side. In Sudan, religious minorities can hold powerful positions, but rarely do. Religious domination is not a question of black or white.

Faith-based food justice

6 Jan 2012 | Nefissa Naguib blogs from Cairo:
Our faith drives us. We do our work with respect and humility. Our aim is to facilitate the distribution of food for every Egyptian who needs it, without discrimination between women or men, Muslim or Christian."

Contesting women's rights in Sudan

30 Nov 2011
The Sudanese government rejects ratification of CEDAW, the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. They do this in the name of Islam.

Litigating their way to better health

2 Nov 2011
Litigating health rights does make a difference. However, it varies to whom. Court cases brought by NGOs often contribute to better health care for the poor. Other cases primarily benefit middle class people who have resources to go to court.

Gendering the Nation

28 Oct 2011 | Seminar
Women endure violence in the everyday, in civil wars and conflicts, and in situations of political and religious oppression. Past or present, they find ways to survive. This seminar addresses a wide range of women's resilience strategies, rising questions of memory, trauma, silence and political mobilization to secure women's legal protection.

Diagnosing a weak parliament

14 Oct 2011 | New report
A number of measures can strengthen the Parliament of Bangladesh. CMI and the Bangladeshi think-tank CPD has published a report on the struggling democracy.

"Women's fight against violence and for justice in northern Sudan"

26 Aug 2011 | Student Scholarship
A scholarship is offered to a master student in social sciences, law or gender studies to conduct fieldwork and write a master thesis on a topic related to gender based violence in northern Sudan.

Collaborative filmmaking in Guatemala

1 Jul 2011 | Seminar
Visual anthropologist Carlos Y. Flores talks about "collaborative video and shared anthropology", showing clips from "K'ixba'l" (Shame, Guatemala, 2010), his latest film from Guatemala.

Latin American and African Perspectives

24 Jun 2011 | Seminar Gender Justice and Legal Pluralities:
Anne Hellum and Rachel Sieder share perspectives, experiences and thoughts on gender justice and legal pluralities in Africa and Latin America based on long-term fieldworks and extensive scholarship on the subject.

Alicia Ely Yamin New Director at Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center

30 May 2011 | People News:
Alicia Ely Yamin, JD MPH, has joined the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center as inaugural Director of the Program on the Health Rights of Women and Children.

Bernt Hagtvet in conversation with Elin Skaar on human rights in Latin America

13 Apr 2011 | Book salon
Elin Skaar's new book analyses the connections between transitional justice and judicial politics. She explores the role of courts in shaping options and trajectories of post-transitional justice - and concretely the chances of criminal prosecutions for past crimes in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.

Sima Samar: Human Rights, Reintegration and Reconciliation in Afghanistan

15 Mar 2011 | The Christian Michelsen Lecture 2011
We need dialog and negotiation, but we also need accountability and justice. Dr. Sima Samar gives the 2011 Christian Michelsen lecture.

Aiding the peace

21 Feb 2011 | Brief and evaluation
The evaluation concludes that support to conflict prevention and peacebuilding has only been partially successful. Supporting state building in Southern Sudan requires an inclusive approach.

Sorry for the inconvenience: Rebuilding Egypt

3 Feb 2011 | Nefissa Naguib blogs from Cairo:
Driven by solidarity and national pride, the Lotus Revolution pulled order out of chaos. By now the military chiefs know that citizens who took control of their lives and future will know how to do to it again.

Institutionalizing Protection for Internally Displaced Persons

6 Dec 2010 | Seminar
This half-day seminar discusses refugees and legal protection in countries in Africa, in Colombia and in Palestine. Professor César Rodríguez-Garavito from the University of the Andes discusses with scholars from the University of Bergen and CMI.

Female Circumcision

3 Dec 2010 | Seminar
The Democracy and Rule of Law Programme at the University of Bergen and CMI has the pleasure to invite to a full-day seminar on Female Circumcision.

Why Sudan's Popular Consultation Matters

22 Nov 2010 | USIP Special Report
This report examines Sudan's popular consultation, an ongoing process whereby the people of the Sudanese states of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile will democratically and popularly assess the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement and determine whether it satisfactorily reflects the aspirations of the people.

Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit public address

13 Oct 2010 | Public speech
Read the public address of Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit on his return from the official visit to the United States of America.

Mini-series on Latin America

12 Oct 2010 | Seminars
This autumn CMI will host a mini-series of lectures on the social and political role of rights and legal institutions in Latin America.

U.S president Obama UN speech on Sudan

6 Oct 2010 | Video
Remarks by U.S. President Obama in a Ministerial Meeting on Sudan.

Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement viewed through the eyes of the Women of South Sudan

22 Jul 2010 | Fellows programme occasional paper 3 2010
Born in a territory between North and South Sudan, politically speaking the author is from the North. However, like many Sudanese women, the author feels that being a Sudanese woman is what is important for her. It is as a Sudanese woman that she feels she has the liberty to speak about Sudanese women - regardless of their political and geographic affiliations.

The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law

23 Jun 2010 | Video: Literary Salon with Albie Sachs
Detained in solitary confinement, tortured, exiled and eventually blown up by a car bomb. From an early age Albie Sachs played a prominent part in the struggle for justice in South Africa. Later in life he helped draft South Africa's post-apartheid Constitution, and served as a member of the Constitutional Court for fifteen years. Sachs talks to host Siri Gloppen about his life and role as a judge in the formative years of post-apartheid South Africa.

Nahr el-Bared talks back

20 May 2010 | Film screening
On 20th May 2007, fighting broke out between the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and a new militia group calling itself Fatah al-Islam based in Nahr el-Bared, a Palestinian refugee camp near Tripoli, North Lebanon. After 15-weeks of intense bombardment, the camp was reduced to rubble and more than 30,000 residents made homeless. Despite plans to rebuild the ruined camp, the displaced families live under dire conditions and face an uncertain future.

Afghanistan at the cross-roads

7 May 2010 | Seminar in the Resource Centre
President Karzai has announced that a peace jirga will be held in May this year to discuss ways out of the conflict and President Obama has earlier announced that American forces will start to withdraw in July next year. What does this mean for Afghanistan's future? What are the implications for progressive reforms in Afghanistan? Aziz Hakimi, an Afghan political analyst based in Kabul, and CMI researcher Torunn Wimpelmann Chaudhary present and discusses with chair Astri Suhrke.

Courts and Power in Latin America and Africa

29 Apr 2010 | Book launch and lecture
Why do some high courts hold political branches to account and others not? What explains the judiciary´s strong or weak defense of rights? And what role are courts playing -or not playing- in strengthening democracy in Latin America and Africa?

The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law

15 Mar 2010 | Literary Salon with Albie Sachs
Detained in solitary confinement, tortured, exiled and eventually blown up by a car bomb. From an early age Albie Sachs played a prominent part in the struggle for justice in South Africa.

Albie Sachs

15 Mar 2010 | Chr. Michelsen lecture:
Albie Sachs, Judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa (1994-2009), and author of the book The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law, held this year's Chr. Michelsen lecture.

Siri Gloppen New Head of Rafto Prize Committee

24 Feb 2010 | Rafto
Siri Gloppen, Research Director at the Chr. Michelsen Institute, is the new Head of the Rafto Prize Committee.

Addressing Maternal Mortality: What is the Added Value of Human Rights?

2 Feb 2010 | CMISeminar
Alicia Ely Yamin, Joseph H. Flom Fellow on Global Health and Human Rights, and professor II at CMI, argues that using human rights approaches to effectively address maternal mortality challenges human rights paradigms as well as development practice.

Sharia and Human Rights

26 Nov 2009 | Workshop
This seminar will elaborate on the relationship between sharia and human rights. Is Islam compatible with human rights? What are the implications of the struggles of contemporary Islamic feminists and Muslim human rights activists on both the concept of sharia and human rights? What are the challenges and consequences?

Thematic symposium on citizenship

20 Nov 2009 | CMI and UiB-Democracy and Rule of Law Programme
Invited guests and local researchers lecture and dicuss citizenship from various perspectives and different approacehs to citizenship.

Spacio-cide: Colonial politics, invisibility and rezoning in Palestinian territory

19 Feb 2009 | CMI Seminar:
The Israeli colonial project is 'spacio-cidal' targeting land to render an inevitable 'voluntary' transfer of the Palestinian population. Professor Sari Hanafi is visiting scholar at CMI.

"What courts do (and don't do) about social rights"

30 Jan 2009 | The Friday Seminar on Democracy and Rule of Law
Does the current juridification of politics narrow the space for democratic politics, or does it represent an expansion of democracy? This seminar brings together international experts in the field.

Human Rights and Development: Institutional and Non-institutional Mechanisms

12 Dec 2008 | The Friday Seminar on Democracy and Rule of Law
Research director Elin Skaar looks at courts in new democracies, after conflict and gross human rights nations. Professor Bård Anders Andressen explores non-judicial mechanisms for the protection of human rights.

How Relevant is Robin Hood? The Human Right to Health in a Global Perspective

21 Nov 2008 | The Friday Seminar on Democracy and Rule of Law
The seminar will address the role of the international community in securing the right to health through an exploration of the content of the right itself, the corresponding obligations, and in particular which obligations are assumed by richer states - acting bi- or multilaterally.

Diversity and European Public Sphere

31 Oct 2008 | "The Friday Seminar on Democracy and Rule of Law"
'What public sphere for Europe? asks professor Erik Oddvar Eriksen, Research Director at ARENA. The development of post-national democracy in Europe depends on the emergence of an overarching communicative space that functions as a public sphere.

The Media and Elections in Africa

19 Sep 2008 | "The Friday Seminar on Democracy and Rule of Law"
Elections in Africa - how democratic are they? Professor Heglge Rønning explores the recent elections in Angola in a comparative discussion of media and democracy in Africa.

Lebanon - from Civil War to Crisis

26 May 2008 | CMI Lecture and Seminar
Lebanon is currently experiencing its worst political crisis since the civil war ended in 1989. Elizabeth Picard is a leading Middle East scholar, and Lebanon specialist.

Building ethnic citizenship?

13 May 2008 | CMI Seminar
Indigenous responses to multicultural state reform in Guatemala and Mexico. Professor Rachel Sieder analyzes indigenous peoples' efforts to articulate alternative visions of government, law and justice.

Land and Law

27 Nov 2007 | New Human Rights Project
In Africa and Latin America the conditions of rights to land are commonly characterised by ambiguous rules and norms that are intimately connected to the construction and inequality of both national and local social structures and ethnic and religious identities.