Call for papers: LDRN 5th annual conference – “Beyond the Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities for Law and Development” | Nelson Mandela University Faculty of Law, South Africa (hosted online) | 24 – 26 November 2021

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

Download the call for papers here

The conference will be organized along two tracks:

  • A general track on the conceptual challenges in law and development scholarship, considering how law and development can respond to global challenges to ensure the field’s continuing viability and relevance.
  • A thematic track with seven sub-streams:  (1) governance, human rights, and the rule of law ; (2) global health and access to health care services; (3) environment, sustainable development and climate change; (4) the law of the sea and development; (5) land; (6) human mobility and social protection; (7) international economic law and development finance.

The deadline for abstracts and panel proposals is 15 September, and selection decisions will be communicated by 15 October.

Further information will be made available on the conference website as from mid-August. In the meantime, further questions can be addressed to the organizers at LDRNConference [at] mandela (dot) ac (dot) za

We look forward to seeing you there!

PhD scholarship – socio-economic human rights and equality, University of Antwerp Law & Development Research Group, Belgium (deadline: 9 August 2021)

The Law and Development Research Group in the Faculty of Law at the University of Antwerp is looking for a full-time doctoral scholarship holder in the field of human rights law.

Deadline: 9 August 2021


  • You will work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis in the field of socio-economic human rights and equality. Human rights law may make a distinctive contribution to socio-economic distribution. Yet, it has thus far not shown as much interest in socio-economic inequality as in status inequality, and may also not be optimally equipped to tackle equality in socio-economic distribution. This project seeks to future-proof human rights law by making it more (pre-)distributive by design. In particular, it will focus on strengthening the equality principle in human rights law in order to address socio-economic inequality within countries.
  • You will publish scientific articles related to the research project.
  • You will carry out a limited number of teaching and research support tasks for the Law and Development Research Group and the Faculty of Law.

Find out more and apply here!

Upcoming academic opportunities & online events: June and later deadlines [UPDATED]

Calls for papers

The Future of Human Rights: 40th Anniversary Special Issue, Nordic Journal of Human Rights (abstract deadline: 25 June 2021)

Special Issue on Data, Law and Decolonization, Technology & Regulation journal (abstract deadline: 15 August 2021)

Vacancies / scholarships / fellowships

5 PhD scholarships – Human Rights and Global Politics: Legal, Philosophical and Economic Challenges, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy (deadline: 3 June 2021)

Assistant Professor in Anti-Black Racism and Resistance, Sociology Department, UC Santa Barbara, USA (deadline: 28 June 2021)

Mysun Foundation Clinical Fellow, Environmental Law Clinic, University of California – Irvine School of Law, USA (deadline: 21 July 2021)

PhD Scholarship ERC Grant CURIAE VIRIDES – Sustainable development law and access to justice, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (deadline: 28 July 2021)

Two Postdoctoral Scholars – Information and Security, University of Calgary, Canada (deadline: 30 July 2021)

UCI Global Scholars Early Career Fellowship, University of California, Irvine, USA (deadline: 1 October 2022)

Online events

The relevance of perspectives from the global South for human rights law research – closing seminar with Prof. Thomas Spijkerboer, International Francqui Professor Chair / University of Ghent, 1 June 2021

Cooperation or Externalisation: online debate on the impact of the EU migration policy on countries in Africa, University of Ghent / 11.11.11, 4 June 2021

Re-Imagining Agenda 2063: The Socio-Legal Foundation of the Africa We Want, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, Canada / Liu Network for Africa, 21 – 24 June 2021

Upcoming academic opportunities & online events: May and later deadlines

Vacancies / fellowships

3 PhD positions – Legal connectivities and colonial cultures in Africa | Max Planck Institute for Legal History & Legal Theory, Frankfurt/Main, Germany (deadline: 1 May 2021)

2022/3 German Chancellor Fellowship – BRICS + US citizens | Alexander von Humboldt Foundation / chosen host institution in Germany (deadline: 15 October 2021)

Calls for papers

Revista Derecho del Estado No. 54 – El reconocimiento de la naturaleza como sujeto de derechos / Rights of nature | Universidad Externado de Colombia (deadline: 31 August 2021 – ES / EN / PT / FR)

Online events

Protecting the Amazon Region: Governance Gaps | Brussels School of Governance VUB | 4 May 2021

International Law and Distribution – Sustainable Development, Security, and the Governance of Resources | Glasginburgh 2021 Conference | 13 – 14 May 2021

Watch: highlights of the Encyclopedia of Law & Development festive launch

On 12 March 2021, the Law & Development Research Network (LDRN) and the University of Antwerp Law & Development Research Group held a festive online launch for the Encyclopedia of Law and Development, a collaborative creation of editors and authors from across and beyond LDRN.

Watch the highlights below or on the LDRN Youtube channel!

Upcoming academic opportunities & online events: March and later deadlines

Vacancies / fellowships

7 PhD / post-doc positions – Future-proofing human rights: developing thicker forms of accountability | UAntwerp / UGent / UHasselt / VUBrussels, Belgium (various deadlines: 14 March – 11 April 2021)

NIAS Individual Fellowships | Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (deadline: 15 March 2021)

15 PhD positions – Eradicating Poverty: Pathways towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals | European Joint Doctorate Consortium ADAPTED, various locations  (deadline: 31 March 2021)

Two DAAD doctoral scholarships – Integrative Research Institute Law & Society | Humboldt University Berlin (deadline: 30 April 2021)

Calls for papers

WIDER Development Conference: COVID-19 and development – effects and new realities for the Global South | United Nations University (online), 6 – 8 September 2021 (abstract deadline: 15 April 2021)

Workshop: The Potential of Public Interest Litigation in International Law | University of Exeter / University of Geneva (format tbc), 11 – 12 November 2021 (abstract deadline: 30 April 2021)

Online events

Greening human rights – the role of ecocentric courts | Curiae Virides – VUBrussels, Belgium (18 March 2021)

Empirical legal research sessions – reflexivity / survey research / indigenous epistemology / focus groups | Leiden Law School, The Netherlands (4 separate sessions: 25 March – 30 September 2021)


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 & metodología en español; (2) preparación para la defensa y para la publicación de la tesis en español; (3) una sesión de pares en español, así como; (4) 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 & methodology, in Spanish, (2)  preparation of the defense and publication of the thesis, in Spanish; (3) a peer session, in Spanish; (4) 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

Join us for the festive launch of the Encyclopedia of Law & Development! | University of Antwerp (online), 12 March 2021


FRIDAY 12 MARCH, 3 – 4.30 PM CET (UTC+1)

Register here!

Encyclopedia of Law and Development

 Edited by Koen De Feyter, Gamze Erdem Türkelli and Stéphanie de Moerloose

Associate Editors : Philipp Dann, Celine Tan, Elina Pirjatanniemi, Avinash Govindjee

Published by Edward Elgar

Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78811 796 8 Extent: 336 pp

The Encyclopedia is a collaborative effort of LDRn, the Law and Development Research Network

Read the introductory chapter here

This Virtual Panel discussion celebrates the publication of the Encyclopedia of Law and Development.  Our panelists will reflect on the state and future of law and development research.  Short presentations will be followed by an exchange with the audience, moderated by Encyclopedia General Editor Gamze Erdem Türkelli.

Our panelists include:

Stéphanie de Moerloose, Austral University, Buenos Aires

Nadia Latif, Smith College, Northampton (US)

Ada Ordor, University of Cape Town

Daniel Mathew, National Law University New Delhi

Abdul Paliwala and Sam Adelman, University of Warwick

Philipp Dann, Humboldt University of Berlin

Please register here

A special launch discount is available from Edward Elgar Publishers

  • 30% for readers in OECD countries – discount code: DFEY30
  • 60% for readers in non-OECD countries – discount code: DFEY60
  • An e-book edition for individuals is also available from Google Play at an accessible price

This event is hosted by the University of Antwerp Law and Development Research Group, in conjunction with the Law & Development Research Network

Book launch: The Limits of Law and Development Neoliberalism, Governance and Social Justice | University of Warwick / LDRN (online) | 3 March 2021, 13h00 – 14h30 UTC




The book examines the well-established field of ‘law and development’ and asks whether the concept of development and discourses on law and development have outlived their usefulness.

The contributors ask whether instead of these amorphous and contested concepts we should focus upon social injustices such as patriarchy, impoverishment, human rights violations, the exploitation of indigenous peoples, and global heating? If we abandoned the idea of development, would we end up adopting another, equally problematic term to replace a concept which, for all its flaws, serves as a commonly understood shorthand? The contributors analyse the links between conventional academic approaches to law and development, neoliberal governance and activism through historical and contemporary case studies.

All the contributors to the book have studied, taught or had a close association with the University of Warwick Law School and most of them will be participating in the session. A number of contributors and discussants are also active in the Law & Development Research Network (LDRN).

Contributors: Sam Adelman, Upendra Baxi, Radha D’Souza, Julio Faundez, Tomaso Ferrando, Peter Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Lander, Abdul Paliwala, Sol Picciotto, Issa Shivji, William Twining

Chair: Christine Schwobel-Patel (Warwick Law School)

Discussants: Martha Gayoye (Warwick Law School) and Professor Koen de Feyter (University of Antwerp / Law and Development Research Network)

Please use this link to join

This event is in conjunction with the Law and Development Research Network

New issue paper: Rachel Hammonds, “Protecting the right to health through inclusive and resilient health care for all” (Office of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, 2021)

LDRN member Dr. Rachel Hammonds, of the University of Antwerp Law & Development Research Group (an LDRN partner institution), recently authored the Issue Paper on Protecting the right to health through inclusive and resilient health care for all for the Office of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. The paper forms the basis for 12 recommendations by Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović to member states. The recommendations set out the various components required to deliver inclusive and resilient health care systems and underline the need for a broader social rights perspective taking into account the social determinants of health.
The paper is intended as a tool to help governments address the urgency of protecting the right to health in an environment where health inequalities have been growing and causing significant social, human and economic costs to individuals and societies. The COVID-19 pandemic has compounded this situation, exposing the weaknesses of health care systems strained by years of austerity, economic difficulties and neglect.