Democracy and Autocratisation by Law

17.08.2020 17:15 - English

Lise Rakner (UiB), Matthew Gichohi (UiB), Eirik Holmøyvik (UiB), Marta Machado (FGV Law School, Brazil)

Across the word, we now see many regimes moving towards less democratic forms of rule. This is often done through legal means and also often by governments who have gained power through democratic elections. In this seminar we ask how law serves the purposes of autocratic backsliding rulers across regimes, and whether it also offers means of resistance. And to what extent and how has governments used legislation related to the Covid-19 to tighten their control?

In this seminar political scientists and legal scholars will discuss central political developments that challenge law and politics to “speak across disciplines” in order to grapple with how political inequalities are exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Roundtable moderated by

Lise Rakner

(University of Bergen)

Matthew Gichohi


Eirik Holmøyvik


Marta Machado

(FGV Law School, Brazil).

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João Marcelo Martins on

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Bergen Global
Jekteviksbakken 31, Bergen

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Bergen Global is a joint initiative between the University of Bergen and Chr. Michelsen Institute that addresses global challenges.