Tom Saater

Rights and Legal Institutions

We research law as an instrument of social change.

Completed projects

Jan 2008 - Jan 2012

Litigating the Right to Health

Mari Norbakk

Post Doctoral Researcher

Anne Katrine Bang

Associated Senior Researcher

Lara Côrtes

Coordinator, Center on Law and Social Transformation

Adrien Dautheville

Associated Doctoral Researcher

Nadja Dwenger

Associated Research Professor

Osama Moeed Nawab

Affiliated Doctoral Researcher

Carmeliza Rosario

Post-doctoral Researcher

Jessica Schultz

Senior Researcher

Rachel Sieder

Associated Research Professor

Elin Skaar

Research Professor

Astri Suhrke

Emerita Research Professor

Kari Telle

Senior Researcher

Sarah A Tobin

Research Director

Liv Tønnessen

Director of Center on Law and Social Transformation and Senior Researcher

Marianne Tøraasen

Post Doctoral Researcher, Coordinator Rights & Gender

Law as a driver for social change

We research law as an instrument of social change.

Our focus is on mobilization for human rights and access to justice for poor and marginalized groups.

We are at the forefront of research on how law and legal institutions work, and the strategic use of law as a political tool (lawfare).

As a key partner in the Centre on Law and Social Transformation, we are developing new and better methods for assessing effects of lawfare.

Our research and evaluation expertise:

  • Transitional justice and legal empowerment
  • Legal institutions, including female judgeship
  • Migration and refugee law
  • Natural resources and climate lawfare
  • Islamic law
  • Gender, sexuality and the law
  • Social and economic rights: health, welfare, employment and labour


CMI Rights Expertise