Call for external evaluators: Research programme on security and rule of law in fragile and conflict-affected settings | NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development | Deadline: 20 May 2019

NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development, part of The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), has launched a Terms of Reference for the final review of the research programme on Security and Rule of Law in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings (SRoL). This review will have a dual purpose of learning and accountability; the reviewers will assess the performance of the programme in terms of results, and identify recommendations to improve research programming and funding for development.

See the full terms of reference here

NWO-WOTRO invites interested parties to submit an application for this evaluation on 20 May 2019, 2 PM CEST at the latest.

Evaluators from low- and middle-income countries are encouraged to apply. The external evaluator will be selected in early June 2019, and the evaluation will start soon thereafter.

Vacancy: Two-year postdoctoral position | Department of Sociology, Uppsala University, Sweden | Deadline: 15 May 2019

The Department of Sociology at Uppsala University in Sweden is hiring a postdoc to begin September 2019. The two-year postdoctoral position is part of an international and interdisciplinary research project  JUSTEMOTIONS; The Construction of Objectivity: An international perspective on the emotive-cognitive process of judicial decision-making. The project is financed by the European Research Council (ERC).

The first year of the postdoctoral position will be spent collecting data in the US. Working with Professor Terry Maroney of Vanderbilt, the postdoc will collect data at state courts and prosecution offices of different levels (lower, appeal) and in different states.

Closing date: 15 May 2019

See full description and apply

Learn more about the research project JUSTEMOTIONS

Learn more about the Department of Sociology at Uppsala University

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (ECF) Competition 2018

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (ECF) Competition 2018

The Warwick Law School is looking to support excellent applications for the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (ECF) Competition 2018. The School of Law has an excellent track record in supporting successful candidates with Leverhulme applications and we are now inviting suitably qualified candidates to support in the latest scheme. The Department will select a limited number of fellowship applications to support in the 2018 competition. These applications will be selected through a competitive internal selection process.

The Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position.

Approximately 100 Fellowships will be available in 2018. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.

The 2018 round will open 1 January 2018. The closing date for applications to the Leverhulme Trust is 1 March 2018.

Applicants are encouraged to work on their proposal with their chosen mentor before submitting the application to the department.

For more information on the scheme and the process of application through Warwick Law School, please see:

PhD school of the Law and Development Research Network


The next LDRN PhD school will take place on 17 – 19 August 2023 at National Law University Delhi, India, immediately prior to the LDRN General Conference at the same venue. 

Details to follow on the LDRN website & Twitter account

In the meantime, save the date!

Seminario doctoral y taller de publicación de la LDRN / LDRN PhD school & publication seminar | Universidad Austral, Argentina (virtual: ES & EN) | 16 – 17 & 22 – 23 marzo / March 2021

(English below)

Por primera vez se organiza virtualmente y en América Latina el seminario doctoral y el taller de publicación de la Law and Development Research Network (LDRN), bajo la dirección de la Universidad Austral y con el apoyo de la Universidad de Amberes. El evento será gratuito para los estudiantes y estará dividido en dos capítulos distintos. Las sesiones se llevarán a cabo en español o en inglés. Los ponentes y moderadores serán de la Universidad Austral, la LDRN y demás instituciones universitarias. Las sesiones tendrán una duración de 1h30-2h e incluirán presentaciones de profesores locales e
internacionales, con un fuerte énfasis en la interacción entre los presentadores y los oyentes.

El primer capítulo es el seminario doctoral, cuyo objetivo es orientar a los estudiantes de doctorado actuales y futuros de América Latina y más allá. Como las escuelas doctorales son consecuentes y obligatorias en la mayoría de las universidades latinoamericanas, el objetivo aquí es proporcionar una herramienta práctica y complementaria para los estudiantes de doctorado. El enfoque de las sesiones será (1) gestión del tiempo en español, (2) metodología en inglés, (3) preparación para la defensa y para la publicación de la tesis en español, (4) una sesión de pares en español, así como ( 5) una sesión sobre estancias de investigación en el extranjero en inglés.


El segundo capítulo es el taller de publicación, cuyo objetivo es asesorar a
investigadores de América Latina, abriendo también a otras regiones. El objetivo es brindar un panorama de las posibilidades y requerimientos de publicaciones locales e internacionales, a través de presentaciones y discusiones con editores de revistas y / o profesores con experiencia sustancial en publicaciones. Las sesiones se organizarán de la siguiente manera (1) publicación local y regional -Argentina / Latinoamérica- en
español, (2) publicaciones internacionales en inglés, (3) preparación y presentación de una edición especial en inglés (3) la publicación de un libro / la transformación de la tesis en un libro (para publicaciones del Reino Unido) en inglés.

Ver el programa y inscribirse aquí


For the first time, the Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) PhD school and publication workshop will be organized virtually and in Latin America, under the leadership of Universidad Austral, with the support of the University of Antwerp. The event will be
free of charge for students and divided in two distinct parts. Sessions will be conducted either in Spanish or in English. The speakers and moderators will be from Universidad Austral, the LDRN and beyond. The sessions will last 1h30-2h and will include presentations from local and international professors, with a strong emphasis on interaction.

The first part is the PhD seminar, aiming at mentoring current and prospective PhD students from the Latin American region and beyond. As PhD schools are substantial and mandatory in most Latin American universities, the objective here is to provide a practical and complementary tool for PhD students. The focus of the sessions will be on (1) time management, in Spanish, (2) methodology, in English, (3) preparation of the defense and publication of the thesis, in Spanish, (4) a peer session in Spanish, (5) a session on studying abroad, in English.

See the programme and register here

The second part is the publication workshop, aiming at mentoring researchers from the Latin American region and beyond. The objective is to provide a panorama of local and international publication possibilities and requirements, through presentations and discussions with journal editors and / or professors with substantial experience in publication. The sessions will be organized as follows (1) local and regional publication in Argentina & Latin America, in Spanish, (2) international publications, in English, (3)
preparing and presenting a special issue, in English (4) publication of a book / transformation of a thesis into a book (for UK publications), in English.

See the programme and register here

Photo credit: Åbo Akademi University

The second annual LDRN PhD school took place in 2019 at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Hague, The Netherlands. Read the full report here.

The first annual LDRN PhD school  took place in 2018 at the Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University, Åbo, Finland.  See the report here.

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General conference of the Law and Development Research Network

UPDATE: LDRN 6th General Conference at National Law University Delhi, India, 19 – 21 August 2023

We are thrilled to announce that the next LDRn General Conference will be hosted by LDRN partner National Law University Delhi, India, on 19 – 21 August 2023. We are grateful to our hosts and look forward to the first LDRN conference in Asia.

Ijon, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The conference will be preceded by a research school for doctoral students at the same location. Further details will follow on our  website and on the LDRN Twitter account – in the meantime, save the date!


The 5th annual LDRN conference – “Beyond the Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities for Law and Development” – was hosted online by the Nelson Mandela University Faculty of Law, South Africa, on 24 – 26 November 2021.

Over 200 law and development researchers – from about 40 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania – joined discussions on new research relating to governance, human rights, and the rule of law; global health and access to health care services; environment, sustainable development and climate change; the law of the sea and development; land; international economic law and development finance; human mobility and social protection, and more!

Highlights included keynote addresses on “Human Rights and the Pandemic in the Age of Hyperglobalization” by Prof. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (The New School), and  “The Potential for Environmental Jus Cogens” by Prof. Dire Tladi (University of Pretoria), as well as an opening keynote panel on “Conceptual challenges in law and development scholarship: Northern and Southern perspectives“. 

Watch some of the highlights!

Keynote address: Prof. Dire Tladi (University of Pretoria) – The Potential for Environmental Jus Cogens (full video)

Highlights of the opening ceremony and keynote panel on “Conceptual challenges in law and development scholarship: Northern and Southern perspectives” (with Profs Kevin Davis (NYU), Mariana Pargendler (Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School), Matthew Erie (Oxford Uni.), Daniel Bonilla (Uni. de los Andes) and Ada Ordor (Uni. of Cape Town), chaired by Prof. Celine Tan (Uni. of Warwick))

  • Read more about some of the contributions relating to the law of the sea and development on the One Ocean Hub blog
  • See the full programme


LDRN 2020 & COVID-19: LDRN 5th annual conference postponed to September 2021

In the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) has had to take the difficult decision to postpone its 5th annual conference to September 2021. The conference was to be held on 21 – 23 September 2020 at Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. This plan is no longer deemed viable given our collective responsibility to participate in ensuring public health and safety, as well as the need to acknowledge the uncertainties brought about by this situation.
The network fully supports the host university in this difficult moment, and is grateful for the considerable work that has already been put into organizing the conference, as well as Nelson Mandela University’s continued commitment to hosting in September 2021.
We are also grateful for the interest and engagement of all the researchers who already submitted abstracts and panel proposals, and will be reaching out to all of you individually.
While we await our next in-person events, we aim to create opportunities this year to bring the LDRN community together online to engage with each other’s work, including around the original timing of the 2020 conference.

We will be delighted to share these plans with you via the LDRN website and newsletter – please do subscribe to stay in touch.



The 4th annual conference of the Law & Development Research Network,“The Plurality of Law and Development” was hosted by Humboldt University Law Faculty (Chair for Public Law and Comparative Law) in Berlin, Germany, on 25 – 27 September 2019. The conference brought together over 200 researchers and practitioners interested in law and development from 39 countries in the global North and South.

The conference aimed to investigate the plural nature of law and development as a field of study and practice. 55 panels explored historical and theoretical aspects of law and development, public law and socio-economic development, development finance,  human rights, gender, legal pluralism, and more. The panels included discussions on research, teaching and publication, practitioner conversations and book launches.

Read the conference report

Keynote addresses were delivered by Katharina Pistor (Columbia Law School), Justice Madan Lokur (Supreme Court of India) and David Trubek (University of Wisconsin – Madison).

Full keynote videos are available on LDRN’s Youtube channel

(Image: Humboldt University, via Youtube: LDRN Channel)

The Völkerrechtsblog online law and development symposium also includes some contributions by LDRN conference participants.

See the final programme and call for papers (closed).

Visit the conference website

In 2018, over 120 researchers and practitioners from almost 30 countries participated in the 3rd annual LDRN conference, titled ‘Interfaces’, hosted by the Van Vollenhoven Institute of Leiden Law School in Leiden, The Netherlands.  Read more about the 2018 conference