Call for LDRN members’ monthly publication highlights

monthly list of LDRN members’ publications is being compiled on the website to give visibility to individual members’ research and keep readers up to date on recent work.

If you are an individual LDRN member and would like to highlight a recent publication, please send references and/or links to the Editor by the final Monday of each month. 

Preference generally goes to publications released in the past month over earlier ones.  A combined December 2018/January 2019 list will be released at the end of this month.

Reminder: LDRN 4th Annual Conference – “The Plurality of Law & Development” | 15 February deadline for proposals

The call for papers is out for the 4th annual conference of the Law & Development Research Network: “The Plurality of Law and Development”,  to be hosted by Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, on 25 – 27 September 2019.

See our earlier announcement for more information

Proposals and expressions of interest (as well as applications for travel grants) are welcomed until 15 February 2019

For further details and proposal formats, please visit the conference website


Lecture Series of the Belgian Francqui Chair 2018-2019 | Dr Margot E. Salomon (LSE) – “Neon Gods of the Human Rights Legal Project” | 21 / 22 February & 9 May 2019 | University of Antwerp, Belgium

The University of Antwerp is delighted to announce that Dr Margot E. Salomon has been awarded a Belgian European Francqui Chair for the year 2018-2019.

As laureate of the Belgian European Francqui Chair the University of Antwerp, Faculty of Law, will host a lecture series by Dr Salomon on

“Neon Gods of the Human Rights Legal Project”

The series will kick off with an inaugural lecture on 21 February 2019 at 17h30: 

On the Structure of Suffering: Political Economy, Human Rights and Silent Spaces’.

See here for more information on the lecture series and to register

Call for applications (PhD / post-docs / research manager): RIVERS project | University of Deusto, Spain

In the framework of the project RIVERS – Water/human rights beyond the human? Indigenous water ontologies, plurilegal encounters and interlegal translation, the Human Rights Institute of the University of Deusto has opened a call for applications for one (1) PhD researcher, two (2) postdoctoral researchers and one (1) research manager.

Deadline: 30 January 2019

RIVERS follows two interrelated research streams: I) indigenous visions/practices: beyond water as a natural resource and a human right; and II) the UN human rights system: towards counter-hegemonic water knowledge and norm production. It offers the following positions:

  • PhD researcher “Water ontologies and interlegal translation – Colombian research context”
  • Post-doctoral researcher “Water ontologies and interlegal translation- Nepal research context”
  • Post-doctoral researcher “Interlegal translation – Colombia context & UN indigenous knowledge brokers”
  • Project manager (50%) – researcher “UN water knowledge/norms production” (50%)

See here for further information 

Sociolegal Studies Early Career Writing Workshop | 21 – 23 March 2019 | University of Cape Town, South Africa

The Sociolegal Studies Early Career Writing Workshop will take place on 21 – 23 March 2019 at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. This intensive workshop is for a small group of early career scholars from any university in Africa to receive feedback on papers in progress and mentoring on writing/publishing processes. The Workshop will cover travel expenses and accommodation.

Deadline for applications (including draft paper and letter of reference): 14 January 2019.

See further details here.

Call for Papers: LDRN 4th Annual Conference – “The Plurality of Law and Development” | Humboldt University, Berlin, 25 – 27 September 2019

The call for papers is now out for the 4th annual conference of the Law & Development Research Network: “The Plurality of Law and Development

The conference will be hosted by Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, on 25 – 27 September 2019.

Download the call for papers

Visit the conference website

The conference aims to investigate the plural nature of law and development as a field of study, meaning and practice. As in prior conferences, it shall bring together a variety of researchers from the Global South and North who share an interest in law and development. We particularly encourage speakers from the Global South to participate and further pluralize the field and the network. We invite contributions to two tracks of themes:

A specific track will focus on reflections about the ‘field’ of law and development, including on:

 Histories of law and development

 Bridging theory and practice in law and development

 Teaching law and development

 Intra- and inter-disciplinarity in law and development

 Dealing with plurality in our research

A general track is open to any issue raised by proposals, including on themes such as:

 Human rights, access to justice, and legal empowerment

 Diversity, gender, and non-discrimination

 Non-state law and legal pluralism

 International law and development (e.g. economic law, institutional law of development cooperation)

 Technology and digitalization

SUBMISSIONS: We invite proposals on any theme within the two tracks. Proposals can be for fully formed panels or individual papers. The organizers also invite expressions of interest for two additional formats, namely ‘Practitioner Conversations’ and ‘Book Launch Conversations’.

DEADLINE: Proposals and expressions of interest should be submitted by 15 February 2019in accordance with the formats described on the conference website

CONTACT: Please e-mail your submissions or questions to berlinconference.rewi [at] hu-berlin (dot) de

TRAVEL STIPENDS: A limited number of travel stipends for speakers based in countries of the Global South will be available. Applications should be submitted together with paper proposals.

DECISIONS about papers and funding applications will be announced in April 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on conference themes, submissions and stipends see the conference website

Call for proposals: Marine cultural heritage of eastern Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar)

The Rising from the Depths network aims to identify and utilise the Marine Cultural Heritage (MCH) of Eastern Africa to create tangible benefits in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar. The network will fund a range of Innovation Research Projects in the region. These are network funded, co-created research projects that aim to identify new opportunities and methods for using and protecting MCH. Projects must be rooted in the Arts and Humanities and may have interactions/ramifications in other areas.

The first call for projects closes on the 15th February 2019, 5pm (UK time).

See here for further details and to apply

Warwick Law School PhD Scholarships

Warwick Law School is offering up to 2 PhD scholarships for applicants looking to start their studies in September 2019. Applicants may apply to study any Law discipline, but it is expected that the research proposal will be in line with the interests of an academic member of staff.

The closing date is 28 February 2019.

The scholarship will pay an annual stipend as well as tuition fees for 3 years. It is open to UK, EU and international applicants.

See further information here


Call for Papers: Human Rights and International Legal Discourse

Human Rights & International Legal Discourse is a peer-reviewed law journal that focuses on the interplay between human rights law and international law. It is designed to encourage the critical study of the increasing influence of human rights law on international legal discourse.
In addition to traditional public international law, the journal aims to focus on the interaction of human rights law with specific domains of international law, including international development law, international environmental law, international criminal law, international labour law, and international trade law. The journal places special emphasis on promoting a North-South dialogue.
Please submit manuscripts to ssmis [at] vub (dot) ac (dot) be (with e-mail subject line beginning with HRILD).
Deadline for submission is 15 February 2019.

LDRN member publications: November 2018

The following chapters, articles and/or other short contributions were recently published by LDRN members: 


Karin Arts, ‘Children’s Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals’, in: Kilkelly U., Liefaard T. (eds) International Human Rights of Children. International Human Rights. Springer, Singapore, 2018 (pp. 1–25), online first 11 April 2018.   

Bolutife Adefehinti and Karin Arts, ‘Challenging the odds of vulnerability and resilience in lone migration: coping strategies of Zimbabwean unaccompanied minors in South Africa’, Children’s Geographies, published online first 22 October 2018.

Danny Bradlow, ‘A Human Rights Based Approach to International Financial Regulatory Standards‘, SouthViews, No. 171, 5 October 2018

Danny Bradlow, ‘South Africa is set on fixing its economy. But will poor people benefit?‘, The Conversation, 11 November 2018.

Deborah Casalin, ‘The Guiding Principles in international human rights courts‘, Forced Migration Review, issue 59 (Twenty Years of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement), published online October 2018 (Arabic, French & Spanish versions published November 2018).

Bashar H. Malkawi, ‘The Need for Regional Liberalization: The Issue of Damascus Agreement of 2004‘, in: Harmonising Regulatory and Antitrust Regimes for International Air Transport, Routledge, 2018 (pp. 202-212). Online on November 27, 2018. 


LDRN members are welcome to announce their latest publications via this monthly list – please send references to the Editor by the final Monday of the month.

Preference goes to publications released in the past month over earlier ones.

New books written or edited by LDRN members will be announced individually. The relevant information can be sent in at any time.