Applications still open for the Global Scholars Academy | Institute for Global Law & Policy, Harvard Law School & Graduate Institute Geneva | Geneva, January 2020 (deadline: 20 September 2019)

In January 2020, the Institute for Global Law & Policy at Harvard Law School and the The Graduate Institute Geneva will convene a pilot “Global Scholars Academy” in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Academy will be an intensive residential experience designed to enable junior faculty and postdoctoral scholars to engage in sustained, interdisciplinary, peer-to-peer collaboration under the close mentorship of research faculty drawn from the world’s top universities. The Academy will be open by application to advanced junior scholars working to understand and map the levers of political, economic, and legal authority in the world today and will offer a unique interdisciplinary curriculum focused on issues of significance for scholars and policymakers in the global South. 

Preference will be given to scholars who are from the Global South, 2-5 years post-PhD and currently hold postdoctoral posts or faculty positions. All accepted participants will be expected to submit an 8000-word piece of academic writing in advance of the Academy to be discussed with colleagues in intensive writing workshops.

The deadline to apply is Friday 20 September via  


LDRN Annual Conference: preliminary programme out now!

The preliminary programme for the 2019 LDRN annual conference – “The Plurality of Law and Development” – is available on the conference website.

The conference will be organized around eight tracks with seven panels each, ensuring that a diverse range of Law & Development topics will be discussed.

Keynote addresses will be presented by Prof. Katharina Pistor of Columbia Law School (‘Towards Comparative Legal Institutionalism’), Justice Madan Lokur of the Supreme Court of India (‘Social Justice – A Vehicle for Transformative Constitutionalism’) and Prof. David Trubek of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Law (‘Reflections on the History and Future of Law and Development’).

Read and download the programme

Two tenure-track positions available at new global human rights hub | Arizona State University, USA (deadline: 14 October 2019)

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology or Political Science — Global Human Rights

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University (ASU) is seeking a full-time, benefits-eligible, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology or Political Science with expertise in Global Human Rights. The current position is part of the development of a global human rights hub at ASU. Preference will be given to candidates who can collaborate with existing Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology faculty at ASU who work in this area and whose research interests focus on examining global human rights law in relation to minority groups, including but not limited to gender, LGBT, race, and dis/ability. Application procedure: Applications will only be accepted electronically via Interfolio.

Advanced Assistant ­­­­or Associate Professor of Sociology or Anthropology

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University (ASU) is seeking a full-time, benefits-eligible, tenure-track Assistant Professor or tenure-eligible Associate Professor of Sociology or Anthropology whose research focuses on either: a) gender and migration in transnational context; and/or b) global human rights. The current position is part of the development of a global human rights hub at ASU and coincides with a concerted effort to build strength in and further support for Sociology within the School and across ASU. Preference will be given to candidates who can collaborate with existing Sociology, Anthropology and Political Science faculty and whose research interests focus on examining the fields of gender, migration, and/or human rights. Applications will only be accepted electronically via Interfolio.

The deadline for both positions is 14 October 2019.

Vacancy: Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science | Mills College, Oakland CA, USA (selection begins: 18 October 2019)

The Mills College Department of Public Policy and Political Science is seeking applicants for the tenure track position of Assistant Professor to begin in Fall 2020. The new faculty member will support the department’s interdisciplinary major, Politics, Economics, Policy, and Law, as well as the master’s degree in public policy and the political science major.

The successful candidate will teach 18 credits per year, including two sections of undergraduate Law and Society, a graduate course in public policy and the law, and a variety of electives related to their area of interest. In addition, they will provide programming and formal academic advising for students in the legal track of the PEPL major, as well as serving as the college’s official pre-law advisor. 

Review of applications will begin on 18 October 2019. 

For more details and to apply, please see the full vacancy announcement.

Two PhD scholarships available: Food security and the governance of local knowledge in India and Indonesia | University of Newcastle, Australia (deadline: 31 October 2019)

Two PhD scholarships are available at the University of Newcastle, Australia,  in a project funded by the Australian Research Council on ‘Food security and the governance of local knowledge in India and Indonesia’. 

The aim of the project is to examine the way small farmers identify, conserve and exchange plant material and incorporate it into cultivated crops through plant selection and breeding and to identify the ways regulatory structures in India and Indonesia help or hinder this process.

The scholarships are available to domestic and international students. In addition to to the minimum eligibility criteria for a Doctoral Degree in Law, applicants should have proficiency in relevant national and/or regional languages of India and/or Indonesia.

The deadline for applications is 31 October 2019. For further information on applying, please see the full scholarship announcement.


International Economic Law (IEL) Collective launched – inaugural conference in November 2019

The IEL Collective was launched in May 2019 to provide a space for critical reflection on complex interactions in the growing field of international economic law. It aims to explore how epistemological and methodological diversity in the discipline can contribute towards the development of a more holistic landscape of scholarship on law and the governance of the global economy. We aim to stimulate conversations about plurality, representation and criticality in researching, teaching and practising international economic law and spark new conversations about the future of the discipline.

The Collective is an initiative of seven law schools (including LDRN partners Warwick University School of Law and Cardiff Law and Global Justice – University of Cardiff) and is looking to expand collaborations with other partners from around the world, especially institutions from the global south.

The IEL inaugural conference will be held in November 2019 and other events will be forthcoming soon.

For more information, please sign up to the IEL mailing list or email ielcollective [at]

Vacancy: Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at UMass Amherst, USA – Law & Inequality (selection begins 15 October 2019)

The interdisciplinary Legal Studies Program of the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a faculty position at the Assistant Professor rank expected to start on September 1, 2020. Applications are welcomed from scholars studying law and inequality. Substantive areas could include access to justice; bias in the administration of justice; human and civil rights; social inequality and discrimination; crime and criminal justice; citizenship and immigration; gender, race, and the law; environmental and technological injustices; law and social movements; disparities in the labor force; and other interdisciplinary areas of study. Applications are encouraged from scholars studying American, comparative, and/or international law and inequality topics.

The successful candidate should exhibit significant promise in scholarly publishing, a commitment to teaching excellence, and the ability to contribute to the intellectual growth of the Legal Studies Program and the Department of Political Science. The capacity to secure extramural funding will be looked upon favorably. Applicants must have earned a PhD in political science or a closely related social science discipline by the starting date of the appointment. 

Legal Studies at UMass is the oldest undergraduate liberal arts program for the study of law and society in the country, and the only one in New England at a public university. The Program is housed in the Department of Political Science and maintains its own undergraduate major. The expanding Legal Studies Program is a center for ambitious intellectual activity and research that addresses important questions about the place of law in societies around the world while teaching undergraduate Legal Studies students and Political Science graduate students. The Department of Political Science is committed to teaching and research that crosses traditional disciplinary and sub-field boundaries and engages a broad range of methodological approaches.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, up to three samples of written work, evidence of quality teaching (such as summaries of teaching evaluations and/or a teaching statement), and contact information for at least three reference writers who are willing to submit letters upon request, through the UMass online applications system (available at the end of September 2019). In addition to the materials noted above, applicants should also submit a one-page diversity statement that discusses past or future contributions to inclusive excellence in the areas of research, teaching and/or outreach. 

Applicants are required to apply through the UMass online application system, unless unable to do so because of lack of computer access or disability.

Inquiries about the position can be addressed to Associate Professor Jamie Rowen, the Search Committee Chair, at jrowen [at] legal (dot) umass (dot) edu.

Review of applications begins on 15 October 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. 

Vacancy: Assistant professor in Women’s & Gender Studies | Specialization in Critical Race Studies | Carleton University, Canada (selection begins 31 October 2019)

The Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies at Carleton University invites applications from qualified candidates for a full-time tenure-track faculty appointment in Women’s and Gender Studies with a specialization in Critical Race Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2020.

The candidate will be expected to do research and teaching in the area of critical race studies. Additional expertise in any of the following areas would be especially welcome: disability studies, Indigenous studies, African studies, and/or transnational and diaspora studies.

Applications will be considered starting 31 October 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

For more information, please see the full vacancy notice.

Postdoctoral fellowship & doctoral scholarships available | Hamburg Institute for Social Research (deadline: 1 October)

The Hamburg Institute for Social Research is offering three doctoral scholarships and one post-doctoral fellowship in its Research Group on Sociology of Law, which has been newly established in cooperation with the University of Bern. In addition, two PhD scholarships are available in the Research Group on Democracy & Statehood, and two more in the Research Group on Macro-Violence.

The deadline for all applications is 1 October 2019.

For more information, please visit the vacancy pages for the PhD scholarships and the post-doctoral fellowship.

LDRN member publications: July 2019

Klaus D. Beiter, Where Have All the Scientific and Academic Freedoms Gone? And What Is “Adequate for Science”? – The Right to Enjoy the Benefits of Scientific Progress and Its Applications, Israel Law Review, Vol. 52, No. 2, 2019, 233–291.

Deborah Casalin, Human Rights Treaty Mechanisms and Reparation for International Humanitarian Law Violations: Fragmentation, Partiality, Selective Justice?,  Human Rights & International Legal Discourse, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2019,  2 – 20.


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