Call for papers: Bilingual Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies – Law, Governance and Development: Critical and Heterodox Approaches

The myriad legal and policy instruments in the governance of development have shifted and evolved in significant ways in recent years, posing challenges to scholars, policy-makers and practitioners on how to effectively map, analyse and critique their nature and effects.

Contributions are being sought (in French and English) for a bilingual Special Issue to explore these questions from heterodox and critical perspectives. The aim of this Special Issue is to critically examine the role of law and the nature of legality in specific initiatives focused on ‘development’, and its implications for the evolving nature and governance of the relationship between states, markets, peoples, communities and the natural environment at levels and scales that transcend that of the nation state. We invite submissions on engagements between law, governance and development from a wide range of critical perspectives, including feminism, TWAIL and postcolonial scholarship, history and ethnography, critical geography, critical IR and political economy, Marxist and materialist perspectives, etc., and that focus on developments both within and between the Global North and South, and on particular scales and sites of governance.


Proposals of 500-750 words, as well as a short CV, should be sent to mark.toufayan[at]  and siobhan.airey[at] by July 20, 2018. For the full text of the call, see here.