We research law as an instrument of social change.

Completed projects

Jan 2008 - Jan 2012

Litigating the Right to Health

Vibeke Wang

Senior Researcher and Coordinator: Gender Politics

Daniel M. Brinks

Associated Senior Researcher

Lara Côrtes

Post-doctoral Researcher

Camila Gianella


Siri Gloppen

Senior Researcher

Anna Gopsill

Communication Assistant and PhD candidate

Malcolm Langford

Associated Senior Researcher

Helge Rønning

Associated Senior Researcher

Jessica Leigh Schultz

Senior Researcher

Sofie Arjon Schütte

Senior Adviser

Rachel Sieder

Associated Senior Researcher

Elin Skaar

Senior Researcher, Coordinator: Rights and Legal Institutions

Hugo Stokke

Senior Researcher

Astri Suhrke


Kari Telle

Senior Researcher

Sarah A Tobin

Senior Researcher

Liv Tønnessen

Research Director

Marianne Tøraasen

PhD candidate

Bruce M. Wilson

Associated Senior Researcher

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


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