Recent LDRN Member Publications

Somadina Ibe-Ojiludu, Nigeria’s Developmental Challenge: Conceptualising Law and Development in the Nigerian Context, March 2022

Lorenzo Cotula, Oil, ‘Modernity’ and Law: Revisiting the Abu Dhabi Arbitration in the Age of the Climate Crisis, TWAILR, 9 March 2022

Fabia F. Carvalho, et al., Special Issue: Teaching Law and Development, VRÜ Verfassung und Recht in Übersee – World Comparative Law, 2022 

Oluwagbenga Michael Akinlabi, Policing and the Rule of Law in Sub-Saharan Africa, Routledge, 2023
This regular feature on the website of the Law & Development Research Network (LDRn) primarily aims to highlight the recent publications of our members.
Other recent publications of interest to our readers, e.g. special journal issues or symposia on law & development, may also be included.
If you are an LDRn member and would like to have your recent publication included in the next round-up, please send references and links to the editor and/or tag LDRn on Twitter when you announce it there!

Upcoming Academic Opportunities, Calls & Online Events: October & Later Deadlines

Calls for abstracts / papers / chapters / book proposals
Call for Participation – FRI Gender Law Conference, In-corpore: what the law does to our bodies, University of Neuchatel (abstract deadline: 14 October 2022)

7th Gary B. Born Essay Competition on International Arbitration 2022, Centre for Advanced Research and Training in Arbitration Law & Indian Journal of Arbitration Law, National Law University, Jodhpur (essay deadline: 30 October 2022)

Vacancies / fellowships / scholarships

Assistant Professor in Criminology and Criminal Justice (2 Positions), The Criminology and Criminal Justice Department at the University of Rhode Island (First and second considerations 1 and 15 October 2022)  

Associate to Full Professor, The Department of Criminology, Law and Society (CLS) at the University of California, Irvine (Next review date: 17 October 2022. Final review date: 31 December 2022)

Assistant professor – Law and Society, University of Toronto, Canada (10 December 2022)

Applications for Visiting Scholars Program, Center for the Study of Law and Society, UC Berkeley (18 November 2022)

Assistant Clinical Professor of Law/Clinical Professor of Law, Irvine School of Law, the University of California (Final review date: 28 February 2023)

Assistant or Associate Professor, The School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany – State University of New York (Until filled)

Online events

Business and human rights: from national practice to international binding standards, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) (12 October 2022)

The International Criminal Court 2002-2022: A Court in Practice, Nuremberg Forum 2022 (13-15 October 2022)

Extended deadline: expressions of interest in LDRN partnership / Plazo extendido: candidaturas a convertirse en nuevas instituciones asociadas a LDRN


The deadline for the call for expressions of interest in LDRN institutional partnership has been extended to 15 September 2022. See the call here.

Se ha ampliado el plazo de la convocatoria para presentar candidaturas a convertirse en nuevas instituciones asociadas a LDRN, hasta el 15 septiembre 2022. Vea la convocatoria aquí.

Upcoming academic opportunities: May & later deadlines

Calls for abstracts / papers / chapters / book proposals
Making the Multilateral Investment Court Beneficial for Sub-Saharan Africa, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, 24 – 25 November 2022 (abstract deadline: 27 May 2022) 

The Law and Political Economy of Business and Human Rights: A Turn to Root Causes?, Erasmus School of Law Rotterdam, The Netherlands (hybrid), 10 – 11 November 2022 (abstract deadline: 17 June 2022) 

Jurisprudence of the Future: Science Fiction and the Legal Imaginary, Alex Green, Mitchell Travis and Kieran Tranter (eds), Routledge TechNomos series (abstract deadline: 19 August 2022) 
Revista Internacional de Derechos Humanos (English), Universidad Austral (rolling deadline)
Routledge Law, Language & Communication series, Anne Wagner & Vijay Kumar Batia (eds) (rolling deadline)
Vacancies / fellowships / scholarships
Two post-doctoral fellowships – census questions on race and ethnicity, Institute for the Study of “Race” & Social Justice, Division for Equity and Inclusion, University of New Mexico, USA (deadline: 1 June 2022) 
Assistant professorship – Criminal law / criminology, Tilburg University Law School, The Netherlands (deadline: 15 June 2022) 
Assistant professorship – Global Challenges in the Anthropocene, Tilburg University Law School, The Netherlands (deadline: 15 June 2022) 
Assistant professorship – Jurisprudence, Tilburg University Law School, The Netherlands (deadline: 15 June 2022) 
Assistant professorship – Public administration / governance, Tilburg University Law School, The Netherlands (deadline: 15 June 2022) 
Assistant professorship – Public international law, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (deadline: 18 June 2022) 
Postdoctoral position – ENERGIZE: Re-Shaping International Investment Law for the Green Transition, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (deadline: 24 June 2022) 
2022-2023 Global South Visiting Scholar In-Residence Program, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (deadline: 30 June 2022) 
Online events
Workshop: Building a transnational research agenda on biodiversity litigation, University of Antwerp Law & Development Research Group (online), 3 June 2022 (registration required)
Winter School: Bayesian reasoning for process tracing, comparative case studies, and qualitative research, FGV EAESP Sao Paulo (online), 11 – 15 July 2022 (registration deadline: 30 June 2022)

Recent LDRN member publications

Donatella Alessandrini, Johanna del Pilar Cortes-Nieto, Luis Eslava & Anil Yilmaz Vastardis, The Dream of Formality: Racialisation Otherwise and International Economic Law, Journal of International Economic Law, 2022
Vincent Bellinkx, Deborah Casalin, Gamze Erdem Türkelli, Werner Scholtz & Wouter Vandenhole, Addressing Climate Change through International Human Rights Law: From (Extra)Territoriality to Common Concern of Humankind, Transnational Environmental Law, 2022
Danny Bradlow & Magalie Masamba, Three priorities Africa’s newbie on the World Bank board should focus on, The Conversation, 20 April 2022
Deborah Casalin, ‘Development-Oriented’ Durable Solutions: (Re-)Entry Point for a Human Rights-Based Approach?, Researching Internal Displacement, 25 April 2022
Cristiano d’Orsi & Gino J. Naldi, Climate-induced displacement in the Sahel: A question of classification, International Review of the Red Cross, 2022
Viljam Engström, Mikaela Heikkilä, Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso, Vulnerabilisation: Between mainstreaming and human rights overreach, Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, 2022
Giedre Jokubauskaite & Catherine Turner, Mediation and development-related conflict, International Institute for Environment & Development, 2022
Iagê Z. Miola, Gabriela de Oliveira Junqueira, Diogo R. Coutinho, Flávio M. Prol, Marcela Vecchione-Gonçalves, Tomaso Ferrando, Finanças Verdes no Brasil: Perspectivas Multidisciplinares Sobre o Financiamento da Transição Verde (Green Finance in Brazil: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Financing the Green Transition), Blucher Open Access, 2022
Salvador Santino F. Regilme Jr. & Irene Hadiprayitno (eds) Human Rights at Risk: Global Governance, American Power & the Future of Dignity, Rutgers University Press, 2022
Markus Marselinus Soge, Digital Supervision of Assimilated Inmates in the Covid-19 Pandemic Period, Proceedings of the First International Conference on Social Science, Humanity, and Public Health (ICOSHIP 2020)
Markus Marselinus Soge & Denny Nazaria Rifani, Implementation of National Instrument and Bangkok Rules During the Pandemic Period Through Hydroponics Skills Training by Bandung Women’s Penitentiary,  Proceedings of the 1st International Conference Of Education, Social And Humanities (INCESH 2021)
This regular feature on the website of the Law & Development Research Network (LDRn) primarily aims to highlight the recent publications of our members.
Other recent publications of interest to our readers, e.g. special journal issues or symposia on law & development, may also be included.
If you are an LDRn member and would like to have your recent publication included in the next round-up, please send references and links to the editor and/or tag LDRn on Twitter when you announce it there!

LDRN online affiliate event on national development banks (22 April) – registration open!


On 22 April (10h -12h CET), LDRN partner University of Antwerp Law & Development Research Group will co-host an LDRN online affiliate event on the role of national development banks in development finance, featuring a panel of experts including researchers from LDRN partner institutions Celine Tan (University of Warwick) and Daniel Bradlow (University of Pretoria), as well as LDRN member Daria Davitti (University of Lund). The event will be chaired by Gamze Erdem Türkelli (University of Antwerp Law & Development Research Group).

This discussion will mark the launch of the report “The Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO) as a sustainable development actor“, authored by Tomaso Ferrando (UAntwerp), Giedre Jokubauskaite (UGlasgow), David Rossati (VU Amsterdam) & Koen De Feyter (UAntwerp).

Register here & join us for this debate!


Upcoming LDRN partner events (April/ April deadlines): Leiden VVI lecture / ISS Development Dialogues

Van Vollenhoven Institute lecture: “Difference and empire, or on the importance of thinking otherwise” by Dr. Luis Eslava (14 April, online)
The Van Vollenhoven Institute is excited to announce the final talk of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s 2021-2022 Lecture Series, Reconsidering the Socio-Legal Gaze by Dr. Luis Eslava. Dr. Eslava’s lecture, entitled “Difference and empire, or on the importance of thinking otherwise,” will focus broadly on law and development. The lecture will take place next Thursday, 14 April from 15:30 – 17:00 over Zoom.
Dr. Eslava is a Reader in International Law at University of Kent in the UK. A cutting-edge socio-legal scholar, his research has explored questions of law and everyday life in Colombia, decolonial histories of law, and the politics of international law.. Register for the lecture here.


Call for abstracts: ISS Development Dialogues (deadline: 17 April 2022) 

The call for abstracts for the 18th ISS Development Dialogues conference “Doing Development Differently” is open. The conference will take place on 17 – 18 October 2022. It is aimed at PhD candidates and will focus on four themes:

  • Theme 1: Politics of development: governance, institutions, and citizen participation
  • Theme 2: Researching development differently: transformative, participatory, collaborative, and digital research
  • Theme 3: Multi-disciplinary approaches to development
  • Theme 4: Decolonizing development: knowledge, ethics & accountability, and power relations.

Interested PhD candidates can fill in this online application and submit their abstracts by Sunday, April 17th, 2022.

See here for more info.

[Plazo extendido: 15 septiembre] Convocatoria para presentar candidaturas a convertirse en nuevas instituciones asociadas a LDRN


*Plazo extendido: 15 septiembre 2022*

La Red de Investigación sobre Derecho y Desarrollo (LDRN), actualmente integrada por más de 200 miembros individuales en todo el mundo y 17 instituciones académicas asociadas que trabajan en el ámbito del Derecho y el Desarrollo en Argentina, Bélgica, Brasil, Finlandia, India, Países Bajos, Sudáfrica y el Reino Unido, está ampliar su base de socios institucionales a alrededor de 25, a fin de apoyar y fortalecer su alcance y sus actividades globales.

La institución que presente su candidatura para asociarse, deberá tener al menos tres miembros del personal que se dediquen a la investigación en temas de Derecho y Desarrollo. A su vez, será necesario su compromiso de contribuir con las actividades auspiciadas por la LDRN, como por ejemplo: el congreso general o los eventos de formación para los investigadores que inician su carrera. Estas actividades, podrán ser realizadas de forma online, híbrida y/o presencial, según lo permitan las circunstancias. Una institución asociada puede consistir en un centro, un instituto, un grupo de investigación o, incluso, una facultad con la experiencia pertinente en Derecho y Desarrollo.

Por medio de la presente, se invita a los representantes de las instituciones interesadas a que envíen una expresión de interés. La misma deberá ser presentada en un máximo de 2 páginas vía mail a editor [at], antes del 1 de mayo de 2022 e  indicando como asunto “LDRN partnership – expression of interest”.

La candidatura será evaluada conforme los siguientes criterios:

  1.  compromiso de la institución de contribuir activamente a las actividades de la LDRN: lo cual implicaría a modo de ejemplo, la organización de un congreso general o de una escuela de doctoral, o incluso de otras maneras, como tareas de apoyo en la organización de estos eventos a distancia; asumir funciones de organización como parte de la secretaría de la LDRN; la participación activa de miembros del profesorado y de estudiantes en las actividades de la LDRN; la inscripción a talleres de trabajo, seminarios y otras actividades de la LDRN.
  2. Mantener un equilibrio razonable en la red entre las instituciones asociadas pertenecientes al Sur y el Norte Globales (las instituciones que sean candidatas del Norte Global están invitadas a explicar sus vínculos con instituciones del Sur).
  3. Promover la representación de las instituciones de los países menos desarrollados.

A su vez, la misma deberá contener información general sobre la institución candidata, sus actividades de investigación en el campo del Derecho y el Desarrollo y al menos un miembro del personal que funcione como punto de contacto con la LDRN y garantice la participación de la institución.

Una vez concluido el plazo para presentar las expresiones de interés, el Comité Ejecutivo de la LDRN examinará las candidaturas recibidas y propondrá un conjunto de nuevas instituciones asociadas para que sean aprobadas por los socios ya existentes. Los candidatos serán informados del resultado a la mayor brevedad posible.

Ante cualquier duda o pregunta, puede dirigirse al Comité Ejecutivo a través del correo editor [at]

¡Aguardamos sus postulaciones! 


La Red de Investigación sobre Derecho y Desarrollo (LDRN) pretende mejorar el conocimiento y la comprensión del rol del derecho, tanto nacional como internacional, en relación con el desarrollo y la gobernanza, tal y como se percibe a nivel global y local, por lo que se ocupa del funcionamiento social de los sistemas jurídicos principalmente en el contexto de los países del Sur Global. Los esfuerzos se encaminan a que la comunidad de la LDRN participe en debates fructíferos con diversas perspectivas, tanto ortodoxas como críticas. En definitiva, su función principal es comprender el rol del derecho en el desarrollo. 

New book: Beyond Law and Development – Resistance, Empowerment and Social Injustice (Sam Adelman & Abdul Paliwala, eds – Routledge 2022)

Beyond Law and Development – Resistance, Empowerment and Social Injustice (Sam Adelman & Abdul Paliwala, eds – Routledge 2022)

This book, which follows the 2021 volume “The Limits of Law and Development – Neoliberalism, Governance and Social Justice“, highlights new imaginaries required to transcend traditional approaches to law and development.

The authors – including researchers from LDRN partner institutions such as Cardiff Law and Global Justice, the University of Antwerp Law & Development Research Group, and the University of Warwick School of Law – focus on injustices and harms to people and the environment, and confront global injustices involving impoverishment, patriarchy, forced migration, global pandemics and intellectual rights in traditional medicine resulting from maldevelopment, bad governance and aftermaths of colonialism.

New imaginaries emphasise deconstruction of fashionable myths of law, development, human rights, governance and post-coloniality to focus on communal and feminist relationality, non-western legal systems, personal responsibility for justice and forms of resistance to injustices.

Beyond Law and Development – Resistance, Empowerment and Social Injustice will be available from Routledge as from 28 April 2022.

The editors of this volume, Dr. Sam Adelman and Prof. Abdul Paliwala, are respectively Reader and Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Warwick (an LDRN partner institution). Sam Adelman is currently a member of the LDRN steering committee.

[Extended deadline: 15 September] Call for expressions of interest: new LDRN partner institutions

*Extended deadline: 15 September 2022*

The Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) – currently composed of over 200 individual members worldwide, as well as 17 academic partner institutions working on Law and Development in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Finland, Germany, India, the Netherlands, South Africa and the UK  – is seeking to extend its base of institutional partners to approximately 25, in order to support and strengthen its global reach and activities.

A partner institution preferably has no less than three staff members who are involved in research on law and development, and commits to contributing to activities under the auspices of LDRN, e.g. the general conference or training events for early career researchers. (These activities may take place online, in hybrid format and/or in person, as the situation permits). A partner institution could be a center, an institute, a research group, a department or perhaps even a faculty with the relevant expertise in law and development.

Representatives of interested institutions are invited to submit an expression of interest (max. 2 pages) to editor [at] by 1 May 2022 (subject line: LDRN partnership – expression of interest).

The following criteria will be prioritized, and should be addressed in the expression of interest:

  • The institution’s commitment to contributing actively to LDRN’s activities (this could entail organizing a general conference or PhD school, but could also take other forms, e.g. supporting organization of these events remotely; taking up organizational roles as part of an LDRN secretariat; active participation of staff members and students in LDRN activities; affiliating workshops, seminars, and other activities to LDRN; etc…)
  • Maintaining an approximate balance between partner institutions from the Global South and North in the network (Global North candidate institutions are invited to elaborate on their links to the Global South)
  • Promoting representation of institutions in least-developed countries

The expression of interest should also contain general information about the candidate partner institution, its research activities in the field of law and development, and any staff member(s) who would serve as contact points with LDRN and ensure the institution’s participation.

After the closing date, the LDRN steering committee will consider the expressions of interest received, and propose a set of new partner institutions for endorsement by existing partners. Candidates will be informed of the outcome as soon as possible.

Any preliminary questions can be addressed to the Steering Committee via editor [at]

We look forward to hearing from you!


The Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) seeks to enhance knowledge and understanding of the role of law, both domestic and international, in relation to development and governance, as perceived globally and locally, and is therefore concerned with the social functioning of legal systems primarily in the context of countries in the Global South. It envisages that the LDRN community will engage in fruitful discussions from both orthodox and critical perspectives on the role of law in development.