CHREN / ECCHR International Summer Course on Human Rights Law in Context – Special Focus on Business and Human Rights | Nuremberg, Germany | 22 – 26 July 2019

From 22 to 26 July 2019, the Center for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN), in cooperation with the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), will host a summer school on human rights law in context in Nuremberg. The focus area will be business and human rights, including topics such as human rights due diligence, corporate liability, supply chain responsibility and the negotiations on a binding instrument to regulate human rights obligations of transnational corporations.

Speakers include Daniel Augenstein (Tilburg University), Laura Clerico (FAU), Markus Krajewski (FAU), Miriam Saage-Maaß (ECCHR), Judith Schönsteiner (Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago de Chile) and Michael Windfuhr (German Institute for Human Rights) as well as other lawyers from ECCHR and academics from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg with expertise in the field of business and human rights.

More information can be found on the course website

Registration deadline: 31 March

LDRN individual members: keep sending us your publication highlights!

We are continuing to compile a monthly list of LDRN members’ publications on the website. This is 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. 

New interdisciplinary advanced Master in Global Health starts in Belgium

Five Belgian universities (Antwerp University, Catholic University of Leuven, Ghent University, Hasselt University & Vrije Universiteit Brussel) are organizing a new international and interdisciplinary advanced Master in Global Health.

This master will prepare students to become catalysts for change as global health professionals. Chronic conditions, mental health and ageing, but also the effects of pollution, climate change and migration on health are global challenges of the 21st century. Such challenges can only be effectively addressed through an interdisciplinary, intersectoral, global approach that tackles their multiple causes and consequences. The Master of Science in Global Health will provide the necessary knowledge and skills to manage these complexities by giving a sound theoretical basis, mixed with applied classes and an internship.

Advantages of the programme:

  • Adopting a truly interdisciplinary approach 
  • A collaboration between five top Belgian universities
  • Emphasizing strong individual mentorship
  • Connecting with the professional world
  • Applying an innovative educational concept
  • Learning in the heart of Europe

Visit the programme website for more information

Registration is open! LDRN PhD School 2019 | “Legal Values and the Functions of Law: Symbioses and Synergies” | International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands | 24 – 28 June 2019

* The registration deadline is 30 March 2019.

** Please note that places are limited and priority will be given to students from LDRN partner institutions.

The Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) is pleased to announce the opening of registration for this year’s LDRN PhD School – “Legal Values and the Functions of Law: Symbioses and Synergies” – which will be hosted by the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 24 – 28 June 2019

What does law seek to accomplish, and how is society affected by it? And from a researcher standpoint, how do I identify synergies between my research subject and those of others? The LDRN PhD school will seek to answer these and other questions, drawing insights on some of the methodological, ethical and theoretical considerations relevant for these aspects of the law and development research field, both in the global North and global South.

Besides coaching and discussion sessions dedicated to participants’ PhD projects, the confirmed programme includes a range of methodological and substantive sessions with expert instructors  – including, from LDRN partner institutions: Prof. Karin Arts, Dr. Jeff Handmaker & Dr. Freek Schiphorst (ISS); Dr. Sanele Sibanda (University of the Witwatersrand); Dr. Celine Tan (Warwick University); Prof. Janine Ubink & Dr. Carolien Jacobs (Leiden University); & Prof. Koen De Feyter (University of Antwerp). A programme of social activities is also offered.

Further practical information and online registration is available here on the course website.

Read more about last year’s LDRN PhD school here

Urgent vacancy: International IDEA Project Officer – “Support to the Yemeni Peace Process – Constitutional Dialogues”

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is urgently seeking a consultant for the role of project officer in the project “Support to the Yemeni Peace Process – Constitutional Dialogues”.

Candidates should:

  •  Have a degree in law, political science, peace studies, public policy or related field (advanced degree is a major asset)
  • Have professional experience in constitution-building, peace-building or a similar field
  • Be fully fluent in oral/written English and oral Arabic (written Arabic is a major asset)

The position is based in Tunis and would start as soon as possible.

The deadline is 28 February 2019. As the vacancy is urgent, the advertisement may be withdrawn as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

See International IDEA’s website for the full advertisement and terms of reference.

Two PhD vacancies | Migration and the Family in Morocco | Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance & Society, Leiden, The Netherlands

The Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance & Society at the Leiden Law School currently has vacancies for two PhD candidates to work on “Migration and the Family in Morocco” as part of the  research project “Living on the Other Side”.

Both PhD projects will be carried out in Morocco. The aim is to gain a detailed understanding of the ways in which the legal rights of migrants are regulated, distributed, and claimed in the domain of family law by focusing on four Moroccan cities.

The project is led by Dr Nadia Sonneveld and funded by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) by means of an Innovational Research Incentives Scheme, also known as the VIDI grant.

Deadline: 18 March 2019

 See more information and apply on the VVI website


Three post-doctoral positions | China, Law & Development Project | University of Oxford, UK

The China, Law and Development (CLD) project based at the University of Oxford is seeking three Post-Doctoral Research Associates (PDRAs).

CLD is a unique inter-disciplinary and multi-sited research project that aims to understand the nature of order that underlies China’s new globalism, an order that has multiple sources, one of which may be law. This project breaks new ground in analysing Chinese approaches to “law and development” in recipient or host states in the global South.

PDRAs will join an international research team in developing empirical data on China’s impact on law and development in host states. Each PDRA will be responsible for conducting a case study that examines different emergent formations of China’s globalism, working in field sites in Southeast Asia (e.g. Cambodia or Thailand), Central Asia (e.g. Kazakhstan or Tajikistan), or Africa and the Middle East (e.g. Algeria or the United Arab Emirates).

The posts would suit either a) social scientists (with training in sociology, anthropology, developmental economics, political science, etc.) who focuses on law, or b) legal scholars who are trained in social scientific methods. These are full-time posts, fixed-term for 28 months starting on 1 September 2019, and including a 12 month period of fieldwork.

For more details and to apply, visit the University of Oxford website

Deadline: 8 March 2019

LDRN Annual Conference 2019: confirmed keynotes, one week left to apply!

The Law and Development Research Network is pleased to announce the following confirmed keynote speakers for its 4th annual conference, “The Plurality of Law and Development”, to be hosted by Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, on 25 – 27 September 2019 :

Justice Madan Lokur (Former Judge at the Supreme Court of India), Prof. Katharina Pistor (Columbia Law School), Prof. David Trubek (University of Wisconsin Law School)

Only one week left to respond to the call for papers! Deadline: 15 February 2019 (decisions will be communicated in April)

See the conference website for more info on submitting your panel proposal (200 words), paper abstract (300 words), expression of interest (100 words) or travel stipend application (motivation letter + CV)




LDRN Publication Workshop for Early Career Researchers in Law & Development | University of Antwerp, Belgium | 25 – 26 March 2019

The LDRN Publication Workshop for Early Career Researchers in Law & Development will take place at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, on 25 – 26 March 2019. It is co-organised by the University of Antwerp Law and Development Research Group and Warwick University Law School, with the cooperation of Cardiff Law and Global Justice at Cardiff University.


Most researchers in law aim to transform their doctoral theses into monographs. Monographs are often viewed as important scholarly milestones for any researcher, especially early career researchers (ECRs) and monographs remain important set pieces of legal scholarship and scholarship in humanities and social sciences. There is also growing interest in publishing the theses contained in a dissertation in stand-alone scholarly articles. The conversion of a doctoral dissertation into a monograph or stand-alone journal articles requires significant shifts, substantively and stylistically, and there are several challenges to overcome in this transition. 

This workshop, the first under the auspices of the Law and Development Research Network (LDRN), is aimed at bringing together a small group of early career law and development scholars who are in this transition stage to work together alongside more experienced colleagues in the field to develop their ideas and writing further, whether in terms of crafting a conversion project or writing. The workshop will be a combination of peer learning, directed and self-directed writing activities and sharing of experiences aimed at ECRs within the law and development field (broadly defined).

We welcome scholars who are engaged in the completion of a PhD thesis and its conversion, or potential conversion, into a monograph or stand-alone articles. There is no fee for attending the workshop but participants will need to cover their travel and accommodation costs

For any queries or to confirm your interest in attending, please contact Dr. Gamze Erdem Türkelli (gamze.erdemturkelli [at] or Assoc. Prof. Dr. Celine Tan (celine.tan [at]

 The Workshop is supported by an OJO 2018-2019 (Support for Young Researchers) grant from the Antwerp Doctoral School (University of Antwerp).

ISS launches edited volume on the pedagogy of crises

On 25 January, the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) – a founding LDRN partner – launched ‘The Pedagogy of Economic, Political and Social Crises‘, a volume edited by Prof. Bob Jessop and Dr. Karim Knio and published by Routledge.

Crises have been studied in many disciplines and from diverse perspectives for at least 150 years. Yet recent decades have seen a marked increase in the crisis literature, reflecting growing awareness of crisis phenomena from the 1970s onwards. The volume responds to this mainstream literature with a number of key innovations and important insights into the pedagogy of crisis.

A number of ISS researchers contributed to this volume, including LDRN executive committee member Jeff Handmaker with a chapter on ‘The Legitimacy Crisis Within International Criminal Justice and the Importance of Critical, Reflexive Learning’.

For more information on this book, see the publisher’s website