Democracy and Autocratisation by Law

17 aug 2020 16:15 17:15 ENG

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) with Matthew Gichohi (UiB), Eirik Holmøyvik (UiB), Marta Machado (FGV Law School, Brazil).


Photo by João Marcelo Martins on Unsplash