Sally Engle Merry: Annual Lecture on Law & Social Transformation

22 aug 2018 15:30 21 aug 2018 17:30 ENG

Annual Lecture: From Human Rights to Local Justice and the Quiet Power of Indicators

How are international human rights "vernacularized" and applied in local contexts? And what happens when we develop global indicators to measure their effects?

In the 2018 Annual Lecture on Law & Social Transformation, leading legal anthropologist Sally Engle Merry will discuss what happens when culturally translated information is gathered and analysed in the production of "objective" global indicators, arguing that the design of measurement systems constitutes a power that is rarely acknowledged.

“those who create indicators aspire to measure the world
but, in practice, create the world they are measuring”

This lecture is co-hosted by the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights and forms part of the Bergen Exchanges on Law and Social Transformation. For more information: https://www.lawtransform.no/event/annual-lecture-on-law-social-transformation-from-human-rights-to-local-justice-the-quiet-power-of-indicators/

This event is free and open to all.