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From curse to development: Natural resources, institutions and public revenues

8 Sep 2009 | International conference:
The discovery of oil or mineral resources has been associated with devastating political conflict and economic setbacks insted of sustainable economic growth and poverty alleviation. The Oslo conference is aimed at eliciting lessons learned from recent efforts to improve the management of natural resources in developing countries.

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.

Rights and Legal Empowerment in Eradicating Poverty

24 Nov 2008 | Book launch in Oslo
Empowering the poor requires more than simply a transfer of resources; it entails the creation of sound legal and political frameworks which specifically address the needs of the poor and vulnerable and hold political and administrative leaders accountable for policy failures.

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.

Opportunities and Challenges of Democratization and Governance Reform in Liberia

23 May 2008 | Lecture: Former President of Liberia, Amos Sawyer:
CANCELLED. Professor Amos Sawyer cannot come to Bergen 23 May.

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.

Main Problems and Status of Reforms

17 Sep 2007 | Corruption in Montenegro
Montenegro shares many aspects of corruption with other post-communist states: the legacy of large, non-competitive bureaucracies, underdeveloped market economy, scarcity of resources, and lack of democratic governance.

Research - Policy Links in Sub-Saharan Africa

14 Sep 2007 | CMI Seminar
In Africa, policies are easily pronounced but difficult to implement. The links between policy and policy research are very tenuous. Professor David Olusanya Ajakaiye exlores why.

Political Transition in Nepal

3 Sep 2007 | CMI Seminar
Professor Chaitanya Mishra will give a seminar on the political changes taking place in Nepal.

Transitional Justice Mechanisms: Assessing the effects on violence and reconciliation

28 Jun 2007 | New Human Rights Project
What are the links between various transitional justice mechanisms and the degree of violence and reconciliation in the post-war or post-authoritarian period?

People News

28 Jun 2007 | In Brief
Lise Rakner has been appointed professor in Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen. She is the first female professor at the Institute.

Norwegian Firms and Business Climate Challenges in Brazil

28 Jun 2007 | New Project
What are the challenges on issues related to corruption and other illegal causes of unfair competition?

Indigenous peoples' right to land: Tanzanian and African perspectives

6 Feb 2007
Chris Maina Peter, Professor of Law at the University of Dar es Salaam and a well known human rights advocate and activist, championing the rights of the marginalised through legal advice and pro bono litigation.

Building peace through community development

17 Jan 2007
In a war-torn corner of DRC, in Ituri, they have shown that income-generating activities, reconstruction of infrastructure, local radio stations etc., are means to create peace in the midst of violence.

Evaluation of CMI: Successfully Competes in the Champions League

21 Dec 2006
"CMI is a "flagship" in the diverse fleet of Norwegian research institutions," concludes the recent evaluation commissioned by the Research Council of Norway.

Economic relations and democratic development in North Korea

10 May 2006
The dismal human rights situation in North Korea is commonly met by a call for economic sanctions by the international community. A different kind of approach would be to expand economic relations with North Korea to strengthen forces that would support a move towards more democracy.

Traditional Authorities and Civil Society in Angola

20 Apr 2006
Since peace 'broke out' in Angola in 2002, the state has undertaken to establish its civil government apparatus throughout the vast territory. How does the state apparatus interact with the various kinds of 'traditional' leaders and their social power and authority? Prof. Dr. Armando Marques Guedes from the University Nova of Lisbon, N'Gunu Tiny, from London School of Economics and Gonçalo Almeida Ribeiro from Harvard Law School.

President Mogae: Natural resources are our bedrock

20 Mar 2006
The President of Botswana H.E. Festus Mogae visited Bergen Friday 24 March. Botswana is seen as an outstanding success-story in sub-Saharan Africa. In his speech "Natural Resources: Resourcing Development: The Botswana Experience." Mogae analyses the Botswana experience.

Afghanistan: Humanitarian and Reconstruction Assistance 2001-05

31 Oct 2005
"Without a functioning justice system, rebuilding a state after a conflict will not succeed. Without the foundation of the rule of law, it is impossible to secure all other nation-building processes" concludes Arne Strand who has just completed a major multidonor evaluation of humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to Afghanistan 2001-2005.

Human Rights Forum: Warlords and Human Rights

18 Oct 2005
Can a peaceprocess be respected if "peacemaking forces" violate human rights? asks senior researcher and Afghan expert Dr. Arne Strand. In Afghanistan there is a deliberate neglect of human rights by the Afghan government and the UN and - certainly, by the Operation Enduring Freedom - in fear that the warlords would not accept inducement if they could be held accountable for past human rights atrocities.

Law, development and "the poor" in India

17 Oct 2005
Radha D'Souza, previously a lawyer and counsel at the High Court of Mumbai and currently teaching at the School of Law, University of Waikato, New Zealand gives a seminar at CMI focusing on public interest litigation, class action suits, constitutional and administrative law.

Human Rights in Development 2002

30 May 2005
Empowerment, participation, accountability and non-discrimination: Operationalising a human rights-based approach to development, is the theme of this year's volume. CMI researcher Hugo Stokke explores the boundaries of state responsibility in his essay "What is left of State Responsibility? Turning State Obligations into State Responsibility in the Field of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

American constitutional democracies

12 May 2005
In his new book, senior researcher Roberto Gargarella argues that many of the problems currently attributed to modern constitutional democracies, are not unfortunate "distortions" of a properly organized institutional design, but rather foreseeable effects of that framework.

Democratization and the judiciary. The accountability function of courts in new democracies

15 Feb 2005
This volume examines the political role of courts in new democracies in Latin America and Africa. Are the courts able to hold political power-holders accountable when they act outside of their constitutionally defined powers? Given the hyper-presidential nature of these regimes, particular focus is on the ability of the courts to say "no" to the executive and make it stick.