Online diploma / certificate course in Law and Development

The Law and Development Institute ( is presenting an online course leading to a diploma or certificate in Law and Development.

It is designed for government officials, professionals, lawyers, consultants, and students interested in learning about the role of law, legal frameworks and institutions in economic development.

The course is  offered in collaboration with the Global Forum on Law, Justice, and Development (GFLJD), facilitated by the World Bank, and the Master’s in Development Program, Emory University.

See the course information for further details.

Call for papers: Law and Development from the Islamic perspective

The Law and Development Institute (  and the University of Dubai College of Law invite submission of abstracts for their conference “Law and Development: From the Islamic Perspective”, to be held in Dubai in December 2019.

The deadline is 1 February 2019.

Topics include:

 The Role of Law for Economic Development in the Islamic World (including Sharia and Development)
 Islamic Institutions and Development
 Cases of Successful Development in the Islamic World
 “Law” as a Bridge Between the Islamic and non-Islamic Worlds for Development
 Arbitration and Development
 Economic Crimes (including Financial Crimes) in the Context of Economic Development

See the call for papers for more detailed information.

Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) welcomes new partners and members

At the 3rd annual Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) conference, LDRN had the pleasure of officially welcoming eight new institutional partners from Brazil, India and South Africa:

  • Azim Premji University, India

  • Fundação Getulio Vargas – São Paulo Law School, Brazil

  • National Law University, Delhi – Centre for Law, Justice and  Development, India

  • Nelson Mandela University – Department of Public Law, South Africa

  • University Centre of Brasilia, Brazil

  • University of Pretoria – Centre for Human Rights, South Africa

  • University of São Paulo – Faculty of Law, Brazil

  • University of the Witwatersrand – School of Law, South Africa

With our new partners, the current LDRN board (in place until 2020) now includes eight Northern and nine Southern partner institutions

Meet our partner institutions here

LDRN also extends a warm welcome to our eighteen new individual members who have joined us since the annual conference.  

Meet our members here


New book series: Elgar Studies in Law, Development and Global Justice

John Harrington (Cardiff University), Celine Tan (University of Warwick) and Wouter Vandenhole (University of Antwerp) – founding members of the Law and Development Research Network – are co-editing a new book series on Law, Development and Global Justice in collaboration with Edward Elgar Publishing. 

The series seeks contributions animated by a concern with global, social and gender justice, broadly understood, and welcomes both theoretically and empirically informed approaches to these issues.

The series particularly welcomes contributions focused on and originating from the global south.

Proposals are sought across the wide range of substantive legal areas, such as international trade and investment law, intellectual property law, international development law, environmental law, human rights, gender and the law, constitutional law, health law, housing and land law, and strategic and public interest litigation. It also seeks innovative work on the pedagogy and methodologies of law and development.

Get further information or submit a proposal

Save the dates for the next LDRN PhD schools & conferences!

The Law and Development Research Network is pleased to announce the following dates and venues for its next PhD school and annual conferences:

  • 2019 LDRN PhD school: International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands (June 2019 – exact dates to be confirmed)
  • 2019 LDRN annual conference: Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany (25 – 27 September 2019)
  • 2020 LDRN  annual conference: Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa (September 2020 – exact dates to be confirmed)
  • 2021 LDRN  annual conference: Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK (exact dates to be confirmed)

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PhD studentship | University of Nottingham Faculty of Social Sciences | Marine cultural heritage in East Africa

The University of Nottingham is inviting applications for a three-year international PhD studentship in connection with the research project Rising from the Depths Network: utilising marine cultural heritage in East Africa to help develop sustainable social, economic and cultural benefits.

Applicants for the studentship must be African nationals, preferably but not limited to the countries which are the focus of the project, namely Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania or Madagascar.

The deadline for full applications is  30 November 2018.

See further information here.

Over 120 researchers and practitioners take part in the 3rd annual conference of the Law and Development Research Network (LDRn)

On 19-21 September 2018, the third annual conference of the Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) was hosted by the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society of Leiden Law School at the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden, The Netherlands.

The theme of this edition of the conference, ‘Interfaces’, highlighted the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of the field of law and development. Over 120 researchers and practitioners from almost 30 countries participated in a combination of panels, plenary sessions and working groups, which were brought together by a focus on the role of law in addressing problems of development and governance, especially regarding access to justice. 

Keynote lectures were delivered by Waheeda Amien (University of Cape Town), Stephen Golub (independent), Christian Lund (University of Copenhagen) and Jan Michiel Otto (Leiden University).

Once again, the conference was a valuable opportunity for researchers working on issues related to law and development worldwide to connect with each other and with the Law and Development Research Network. A set of recommendations was also produced, which will be relevant to both researchers and practitioners.

See Leiden University’s website for more conference news and documents

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(All photo credits: Bernardo Almeida)


Deadline extended (30 September) – Call for applications: SUSTLAW postgraduate programme on Sustainable Development and Human Rights Law | University of Antwerp, Belgium | 11 February – 3 May 2019

The Law and Development Research Group at the University of Antwerp Law Faculty is pleased to announce the call for applications for the fourth edition of its innovative postgraduate programme on “Sustainable Development and Human Rights Law” (SUSTLAW) from 11 February to 3 May 2019. The SUSTLAW programme runs in conjunction with the University of Antwerp Master of Laws (LL.M). It offers an intensive, in-depth legal training, providing both critical and contextualized insights.

The programme brings together a diverse group of leading experts from the North and South to introduce salient features of their disciplines, and to engage students in understanding and reflecting on key challenges for sustainable development and global justice. Thanks to the generous support of the Belgian development cooperation (VLIR-UOS), we are able to provide up to 12 scholarships to participants from the global South (mainly from least developed countries, please consult the eligible country list.)

The deadline for scholarship applications has been extended to  30 September 2018.

What SUSTLAW offers:

SUSTLAW programme participants will join an intensive and comprehensive teaching programme rooted in the research lines of the Law and Development Research Group. These research lines contribute to SUSTLAW’s four compulsory anchor courses, i.e.:

·       international sustainable development law;

·       human rights and global justice;

·       law in developing countries; and

·       external actors in economic global governance.

These courses provide entry points for interactive learning and contribute to the two key strengths of SUSTLAW: first, the combination of theoretical insights with hands-on training; second, the diversity of the student body and teaching staff. These features ensure that the SUSTLAW programme connects the Global South with the Global North for a unique educational experience.

After successful completion of the programme, students receive a certificate of completion and can obtain ECTS credits upon submitting a research paper.

Who should apply?

Previous editions of SUSTLAW attracted a diverse body of young professionals – lawyers, scholars, and development practitioners – of demonstrated intellectual and academic excellence from around the world. Participants have a unique opportunity to increase their theoretical knowledge and practical skills through a mix of teaching, moot courts and other role-playing exercises, making it a rich and intense learning experience with practical application in a diversity of careers.

Participants should have at least a bachelor-level degree and a basic knowledge of human rights and international law.

Further information:

For further information, please visit the SUSTLAW website.

LDRn individual member profiles are online

Individual research profiles of LDRn members are now online on the website. Meet our members here and see who shares your research interests!

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