LDRN member publications – July 2020

Patience N. Agwenjang, The Tussle with Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law: The Case of Cameroon,  School of Oriental and African Studies Law Journal, Vol. VII(I), 2020

Patience N. Agwenjang, COVID-19: Rethinking Emergency Preparedness and Response in Cameroon, Participedia – COVID-19 Response Collection, May 2020

Gamze Erdem Türkelli, Official Development Assistance (ODA), Aid Dynamics and Sustainable Development, in Walter Leal Filho et al (eds), Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Partnership for the Goals, Springer2020p. 1-13


LDRN members are welcome to announce their latest publications via this list – please send references and links to the Editor by the final Monday of the month.

Upcoming academic opportunities: August and later deadlines

Calls for papers

A Crisis within a Crisis: Global Pandemics and Displacement | Journal of Internal Displacement (deadline: 1 September 2020)

COVID-19 and the law in Africa | Journal of African Law (deadline: 30 September 2020)


Country experts on citizenship laws | European University Institute Global Citizenship Observatory – remote (deadline: 31 August 2020)

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor – Criminology, Law and Society | George Mason University Department of Criminology, Law and Society, USA (deadline: 15 September 2020)

(Associate) professor of environmental law and natural resources | University of Iowa College of Law, USA (deadline: rolling)

Various tenured/tenure-track positions | University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, USA (deadline: rolling)

The IEL Collective launches conversations on COVID-19 and international economic law

The IEL Collective has recently developed a bank of resources on international economic law, including blogs, articles and a YouTube channel called The IEL Collective Conversations, which is currently focused on exploring different dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic and international economic law.  These resources can be found here.

The IEL Collective and its members have also produced a series of articles on The IEL Collective Medium Publication on COVID-19 and IEL, including ‘International Economic Law and COVID-19’ by The IEL Collective; ‘Subverting the Logic of Utilitarianism in Times of COVID-19’ by Gamze Erdem Türkelli; ‘International Public Finance and COVID-19: A New Architecture is Urgently Needed’ by Celine Tan and ‘COVID-19 and the Precarity of International Investment Law’ by Daria Davitti, Jean Ho, Paolo Vargiu and Anil Yilmaz Vastardis.

The IEL Collective was launched at its inaugural conference in November 2019 to provide a space for critical reflection on the complex interactions in the growing field of international economic law. The Collective currently has 12 partner institutions from 10 universities from the UK, Sweden and Colombia, including LDRN partners Warwick Law School and Cardiff Law and Global Justice. The Collective aims to explore how epistemological and methodological diversity in the discipline can contribute towards the development of a more holistic landscape of scholarship on law and the governance of the global economy. The community would like to stimulate conversations about plurality, representation and criticality in researching, teaching and practising international economic law and spark new conversations about the future of the discipline. 

The Collective welcomes contributions by scholars, practitioners and anyone else interested in the relationship between law and the global economy. Please email: ielcollective [at] warwick.ac.uk or check out @iel_collective on Twitter.

Dr. Jeff Handmaker (ISS) publishes new work on legal mobilization and Palestine

Over the past few months, Dr. Jeff Handmaker of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), an LDRN partner institution, has (co-)authored a number of new publications on the theme of legal mobilization, with a focus on Palestine.

In May 2020, his chapter on ‘Lawfare against Academics and the Potential of Legal Mobilization as Counterpower’ appeared in the book Enforcing Silence: Academic Freedom, Palestine and the Criticism of Israel, edited by David Landy, Ronit Lentin, and Conor McCarthy (London: Zed Books, pp. 233 – 260).

Together with Alaa Tartir (IHEID, Geneva), he also contributed a piece on The (Non) Effects of Oslo on Rights and Status to a Symposium on the ICC and Palestine on the widely-read international law blog OpinioJuris .

Finally, Dr. Jeff Handmaker also addressed his research to the International Criminal Court as lead drafter of an Amicus Curiae brief on the question of the Court’s jurisdiction on Palestine, on behalf of Geneva-based organization International-Lawyers.

Dr. Jeff Handmaker is Senior Lecturer in Law, Human Rights and Development at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS). He is an LDRN member and co-represents ISS within the network. 

Nelson Mandela University Faculty of Law to host webinar on COVID-19 and the courts in South Africa (29 May 2020, 13h – 14h UTC+2))

As in many other countries, the justice system in South Africa is facing dramatic changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. On 29 May 2020 at 13h – 14h (UTC+2), LDRN partner Nelson Mandela University Faculty of Law will host a live webinar to unpack and debate these challenges, featuring insights from Glenn Goosen, High Court Judge and adjunct professor at the faculty. The session will be moderated by Prof. Joanna Botha, head of the Department of Public Law and LDRN steering committee member. 

To find out more and register, please visit the NMU Law Faculty website.

LDRN member publications – May 2020

Victor Udemezue Onyebueke et al, Evicting the poor in the ‘overriding public interest’: Crisis of rights and interests, and contestations in Nigerian cities, Cities, Vol. 101, June 2020, 102675 (open access until 19 June 2020)

Maryna Rabinovych, Where Economic Development Meets the Rule of Law? Promoting Sustainable Development Goals Through the European Neighborhood Policy, Brill Open Law, Vol. 2, No. 1 (2020), pp. 140 – 174 (open access)

Apollin Koagne Zouapet & Misha Ariana Plagis, Braamfontein encroaching? An internationalist reading of the South African Constitutional Court judgment on the SADC Tribunal, South African Journal on Human Rights, Vol. 35, No. 4 (2019), pp. 378-403 (published online April 2020)


LDRN members are welcome to announce their latest publications via this list – please send references and links to the Editor by the final Monday of the month.

Prof. Koen De Feyter (LDRN steering committee) elected to the UN Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development

The United Nations Human Rights Council decided on 27 September 2019 to create an Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development (EMRDT),  “a subsidiary expert mechanism to provide the Council with thematic expertise on the right to development in searching for, identifying and sharing best practices with Member States and to promote the implementation of the right to development worldwide” (HRC Resolution 42/23).

The Council elected five independent experts on a geographical basis for a three-year period, who may be re-elected for one additional period.  The experts appointed are:  Armando De Negri, Bonny Ibhawoh, Mihir Kanade, Klentiana Mahmutaj and LDRN steering committee member Koen De Feyter.

The EMRDT officially commenced its first term on 1 May 2020. It will meet once annually for three days in Geneva and once annually for three days in New York, in a combination of open and private meetings.  The open meetings are open to participation by States, United Nations mechanisms, bodies and specialized agencies, funds and programmes, intergovernmental organizations, regional organizations and mechanisms in the field of human rights, national human rights institutions and other relevant national bodies, academics and experts on development issues, and nongovernmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council

Koen De Feyter is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Law and Development Research Network and the Spokesperson of the Law and Development Research group at the University of Antwerp.

Upcoming academic opportunities: June & later deadlines

Calls for papers

The COVID-19 pandemic, inequalities and human rights in South Africa | South African Journal on Human Rights (abstract deadline: 15 June 2020)

A Crisis within a Crisis: Global Pandemics and Displacement | Journal of Internal Displacement (manuscript deadline: 1 September 2020)

COVID-19 and the law in Africa | Journal of African Law (manuscript deadline: 30 September 2020)


Volunteer research assistant (< 10hrs / week) | Journal of Internal Displacement (application deadline: 30 June 2020)

PhD / post-doc – evidence regime of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights | Ghent University, Belgium (deadline: 15 July 2020)

New research report: Dr. Carolien Jacobs & Bernardo Almeida, “Land and climate change: Rights and environmental displacement in Mozambique” (Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society, 2020)

Dr. Carolien Jacobs & Bernardo Almeida, Land and climate change: Rights and environmental displacement in Mozambique, Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society, Leiden, The Netherlands, 2020

Using the aftermath of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique as a case study, this socio-legal research report aims to provide a better understanding of how the dynamics of environmental displacement impact land rights and conflict, and the role of international and national legal frameworks in addressing land-related problems caused by this displacement.

Mozambique is a country prone to natural disasters such as floods and cyclones – risks which are increasing with climate change. Resettlement is the major solution undertaken by the government to reduce the number of people living in high-risk areas. But how does resettlement take place? Are people satisfied with their new places of living? Are they compensated for their loss of property and livelihoods? And what about the people who were already using the land allocated for resettlement?

This report, based on both a desk study and empirical research in Mozambique, discusses these questions and shows the realities on the ground. The authors argue that:

  • Gaps in legal protection frameworks should be addressed, especially in relation to expropriation processes;
  • People’s longer-term needs in displacement should be addressed to ensure that resettlement is a durable solution;
  • Collaboration between humanitarian and development actors, as well as considerable resources, are required to address these needs; and
  • Close attention should be paid to relations between old and new settlers at resettlement sites to avoid tensions.

Dr. Carolien Jacobs, an LDRN member, is Assistant Professor at the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society at Leiden Law School, an LDRN partner institution. Bernardo Almeida is a PhD candidate at the Van Vollenhoven Institute.

The report is available on the Leiden University website.

LDRN member publications: March – April 2020

Deborah Casalin, First UN human rights decision on climate migration – a modest step forward, OpenGlobalRights, 26 March 2020

Gamze Erdem Türkelli, The Best of Both Worlds or the Worst of Both Worlds? Multilateral Development Banks, Immunities and Accountability to Rights-Holders, Hague Journal on the Rule of Law (2020), 1 – 31 (open access)

Gamze Erdem Türkelli, Subverting the logic of utilitarianism in times of Covid-19, The IEL Collective, 10 April 2020

Arpitha Kodiveri, Marching against India’s discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act, OpenGlobalRights, 2 April 2020

David Lempert, Germany’s Rule of Law Interventions Need to Follow the Laws, Principles and Measures that Germany Claims to Promote, Law, Social Justice and Global Development, Issue 24, 2019, pages 150-153. 

Regis Y. Simo, Trade in services in the African Continental Free Trade Area: Prospects, Challenges and WTO Compatibility, 23(1) Journal of International Economic Law (2020) pp. 65-95 (open access)

Ajla Skrbic, Immunity of Heads of State under Constitutional Law, in  Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann & Rüdiger Wolfrum (eds) Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2020

Celine Tan, International Public Finance and COVID-19: A New Architecture is Urgently Needed, The IEL Collective, 17 April 2020

Wouter Vandenhole, Decolonising children’s rights: of vernacularisation and interdisciplinarity, in Rebecca Budde & Urszula Markowska-Manista (eds) Childhood and Children’s Rights between Research and Activism, Springer, Berlin 2020, pp. 187 – 206.


LDRN members are welcome to announce their latest publications via this list – please send references and links to the Editor by the final Monday of the month.