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

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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.

7 positions in new research project on accountability for human rights (deadline: 11 April 2021)

The new research project Futureproofing human rights – developing thicker forms of accountability is hiring 7 researchers at PhD and postdoctoral level.

The researchers will be based at different Flemish universities (Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Hasselt) and will work on different but related topics. At the University of Antwerp, the Law and Development Research Group (an LDRN partner) is hiring a postdoc on new duty-bearers.

About the project

The researchers will collaborate on a project that examines how better accountability for human rights violations can be achieved. The aim is to ensure better human rights protection in line with the everyday experience of rights holders.

This is an interdisciplinary project open to candidates with a background in law, criminology, sociology, political science, anthropology or related disciplines.

Read more about the project on this page, in this summary or in this detailed document, and contact the coordinators or relevant PIs for further information.

About the Postdoctoral position at Antwerp University – New duty-bearers

The Law and Development Research Group at the University of Antwerp is seeking to fill one full-time 48-month fully-funded postdoc fellowship.

The successful candidate will help coordinate project proposals in the field of human rights and contribute to attracting external funding, will fulfill a limited number of teaching activities, and will participate in the provision of academic services.

The position will primarily be based at the Law and Development Research Group of the Faculty of Law of the University of Antwerp. Mature candidates who are able to work in an interdisciplinary environment are sought, ideally with experience of doing research on the topic of human rights accountability/new duty- bearers in human rights law (for more information, click here).

This position is supervised by prof. dr. Wouter Vandenhole.

Applications must be received by April 11, 2021 at 23:59 CET.

Apply by submitting the requested information to wouter.vandenhole [at]

Application deadline extended for ISS-Wits joint PhD programme (new deadline: 1 March 2021)

LDRN partner institutions International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) are inviting applications for their joint PhD programme,  on a range of topics in international law, society and development.  Owing to the ongoing pandemic situation, the call for applications has been extended until 1 March 2021.

The successful candidate will receive a partial scholarship, in the form of:

Preference will be given to candidates from the global South.

Further information and application details are available here, on the Wits website

Six Leverhulme Trust TRANSFORM doctoral scholarships available at University of Warwick (deadline: 7 March 2021)

Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship Programme TRANSFORM now open for applications

  • 6 fully funded PhD scholarships available in 2021
  • Applicants can either choose from four suggested topic areas or develop their own topic area within the TRANSFORM themes.
  • Applications close on 7th March 2021 (GMT)
  • UK (home) and international students are eligible to apply for the scholarship

The call for applications for six doctoral scholarships under the TRANSFORM programme at the University of Warwick (an LDRN partner institution) is now open. Successful applicants will enter a new four-year PhD programme in Global Sustainable Development.  They will be trained in how to advance sustainability in the real world, getting to the root of huge challenges like boosting climate resilience and establishing healthier cities.

Called ‘TRANSFORM: Transformations of Human-Environment Interactions to Sustainable Development’, the doctoral scholarship programme is directed by Professor João Porto de Albuquerque, who is also the Director of the Institute for Global Sustainable Development at the University of Warwick.

Each doctoral scholar will receive academic supervision from two Warwick experts in separate fields (such as engineering, medicine, business, humanities, arts, and law), as well as mentorship from a partner organisation (such as UN-Habitat, the British Geological Survey, African Population and Health Research Centre).

This year, candidates have the option either to apply for one of four suggested research topics or to propose their own research under one of the three research themes of the programme.

Suggested topics include:

Full details of the application process, including topics, guidance and eligibility, can be found at

The closing date is 7th March 2021.

Call for submissions: Elgar Studies in Law, Development and Global Justice

Call for submissions: Elgar Studies in Law, Development and Global Justice

The series editors, John Harrington, Celine Tan and Wouter Vandenhole (from LDRN partner institutions Cardiff University, University of Warwick, and University of Antwerp respectively)  welcome submissions to the Elgar Studies in Law, Development and Global Justice book series.

This series explores the relationship between law, development and global justice. It provides a platform for critical engagement with and interdisciplinary perspectives on the role and impact of law, defined in its broadest and most pluralistic sense, on economic development and social and political organisation. 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.

The series aims to bring scholarship on and from the global south to the widest possible audience, and the publisher is committed to ensuring the widest possible access. In particular, books are included in two schemes which provide free or low-cost access to libraries in developing countries.

Please see the website of the Elgar Studies in Law, Development and Global Justice for further details.

The Encyclopedia of Law and Development is here!

Koen De Feyter, Gamze Erdem Türkelli & Stéphanie de Moerloose (eds), “Encyclopedia of Law and Development” (Edward Elgar, 2021)

The Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) is thrilled to announce that the Encyclopedia of Law and Development is now available from Edward Elgar Publishing. This encyclopedia is the outcome of a long collaboration among editors and associate editors from six LDRN partner institutions, as well as around 80 contributors, including a large number of individual LDRN members (full list below). It will be accessible to institutions in the Global South via EIFL and GOALI

An online launch event will be announced soon. Subscribe to the LDRN newsletter to stay up to date!

This Encyclopedia is an indispensable resource on law and development  which brings together various approaches, contextualised histories, recent developments and forward-looking insights. It is an invaluable reference for scholars seeking to engage with issues at the intersection of law and development, and provides a thorough but concise overview for post-graduate students.

The Encyclopedia showcases a variety of perspectives and voices, featuring both emerging and senior researchers, as well as a majority of contributors from the Global South. This reflection of the diversity of the field and its future direction also makes the Encyclopedia a useful source for law and development curricula globally.

Read the introductory chapter here

‘The full realization of the right to development is still a long quest for the international community. This unique and pioneering Encyclopedia reveals and deconstructs the power of law in achieving development in its economic, social, cultural, environmental and political dimensions. De Feyter, Erdem Türkelli and de Moerloose have concocted a masterpiece that highlights how lawyers can contribute to the welfare of the developing world as much as Amartya Sen.’
– Makane Moïse Mbengue, University of Geneva & SciencesPo Law School

An online launch event will be announced soon. Subscribe to the LDRN newsletter to stay up to date!


General Editors: 

Koen De Feyter, University of Antwerp

Gamze Erdem Türkelli, University of Antwerp

Stéphanie de Moerloose, Universidad Austral 

Associate Editors: 

Philipp Dann, Humboldt University Berlin (Actors)

Avinash Govindjee, Nelson Mandela University (SDGs)

Elina Pirjatanniemi, Åbo Akademi University (Governance & Human Rights)

Celine Tan, University of Warwick (Economic Law)

Editorial Assistant: Alberto Pecoraro, University of Antwerp

Contributors: F. Adebisi, T. Adebola, S. Airey, M. Ajigboye, A. Asteriti, V. Bellinkx, J. Bendel, M.V. Berros, K. Bhatt, J. Botha, D. Casalin, D.R. Coutinho, L. Crouse, P. Dann, D. Davitti, K. de Feyter, R. de Mattos Pimenta, S. de Moerloose, J. Dehm, J. Dellaux, D. Desai, D.A. Dolabjian, T. Dollmaier, G. Erdem Türkelli, J.B. Etcheverry, M. Fakhri, O. Ferraz, C. Frison, L. García, J. Gibson, M. Goodwin, A. Govindjee, L.G. Guimarães, A.-L. Heusala, M. Heikkila, V. Henrique Pinto Ido, G. Jokubauskaite, M. Kaltenborn, N. Latif, Y.S. Lee, H. Lell, L. Lizarazo-Rodríguez, N. Maseka, D. Mathew, G. Mokone, N. Monebhurrun, M. Mustaniemi-Laakso, F.M. Ndahinda, S.C. Neder Cerezetti, O. Okafor, J. Okonjo, A. Ordor, A. Pecoraro, J.K. Pela, A. Punj, I. Qoraboyev, T. Qotoyi, M. Riegner, J. Rodgers, I. Sabbatella, R.L. Sakr, M. Sattorova, D. Saxena, M. Scheinin, M. Skladany, A. Škrbić, U. Soni, P. Stacey, Y. Suedi, C. Tan, D. Trubek, J. Ubink, A. Vandenbogaerde, W. Vandenhole, A. Vanni, A.C. Vieira, L.D. Villafuerte Philippsborn, P. Vrancken, A. Waris

Upcoming academic opportunities: February and later deadlines

Vacancies / fellowships

Doctoral fellow – International law & economic activities in areas of contested statehood – Western Sahara | University of Ghent, Belgium (deadline: 20 February 2021)

5 vacancies (4 PhD & 1 post-doctoral) – Development studies  | Institute of Development Policy – University of Antwerp, Belgium (deadline: 7 March 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)

Calls for papers

Human Development & Capability Association – 2021 Conference | University of Antwerp, Belgium (hybrid) | 13 – 15 September 2021 (proposal deadline: 15 February 2021)

COVID-19 and “New” Human Rights – blog symposium | Völkerrechtsblog / Global Pandemic Network (submission deadline: 17 February 2021)

Law and Development Review – 2022 issues (recommended submission deadline: 1 June 2021)