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) 
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
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)

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.

Upcoming academic opportunities: February & later deadlines [UPDATED]

Vacancies / fellowships / scholarships

Doctoral scholarship – International economic law, sustainable development and human rights: accountability of development finance institutions, University of Antwerp Law & Development Research Group, Belgium (deadline: 14 February 2022) – EXTENDED: 7 MARCH!

Next Generation Law Doctoral Scholarships, Kent Law School, UK (deadline: 14 February 2022)

Early Career Fellow in International Law – Human Rights and Environment, University of Edinburgh, UK (deadline: 15 February 2022)

Researcher – Protracted Displacement in an Urban World, International Institute for Environment & Development, UK (deadline: 18 February 2022)

PhD scholarship – Digital Health & Human Rights, Warwick School of Law, UK (deadline: 7 March 2022)

United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme, United Nations Office of Legal Affairs – Codification Division, The Hague, Netherlands (deadline: 15 March 2022)

Doctoral scholarship in public international law – Screening for Sustainability: Implementing the European Green Deal through the EU Taxonomy Regulation, Lund University, Sweden (deadline: 16 March 2022)

Newton International Fellowships, The British Academy & Royal Society, UK (deadline: 16 March 2022)

PhD scholarships – sociodigital / social justice / environment / health / policy /migration, University of Bristol Faculty of Social Sciences & Law, UK (deadline: 28 March 2022)

Caroline von Humboldt Award 2022, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany (deadline: 30 April 2022)


Calls for papers

Call for book chapters: Multidisciplinary Futures of United Nations Peace Operations – Alexander Gilder, David Curran & Georgina Holmes (eds) (abstract deadline: 28 February 2022)

Call for papers: Health and Internal Displacement, Journal of Migration & Health (paper deadline: 28 February 2022)

Call for papers: Opening Access, Closing the Knowledge Gap? International Legal Scholarship Going Online, Völkerrechtsblog (abstract deadline: 1 March 2022)

Call for book chapters: Taxation, Human Rights and Sustainable Developments: Global South Perspectives – Eghosa Ekhator, Newman U. Richards & Chisa Onyejekwe (eds) (abstract deadline: 30 March 2022)

Call for papers: General Issue December 2022, Australian Feminist Law Journal (deadline: 6 May 2022)

Upcoming academic opportunities: January and later deadlines

Calls for papers

Call for Contributions: Framing Business and Human Rights?: A Deep Dive into a New Regulatory Proposal, Völkerrechtsblog (abstract deadline: 15 January 2022)

Special issue on international climate litigation, RECIEL – Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law (abstract deadline: 31 January 2022)

Vacancies / fellowships / scholarships

SeNSS PhD scholarship – socio-legal topics, University of Kent, UK (deadline: 2 January 2022)

Research Fellow – Global Sustainable Development, University of Warwick, UK (deadline: 9 January 2022)

Assistant Professor – Justice Studies: Green Criminology and Justice, Law and Policy, San Jose State University, USA (deadline: 10 January 2022)

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship – Intellectual Property, Innovation & Development, University of Cape Town, South Africa (deadline: 14 January 2022)

Postdoctoral researcher – Technology, Digital Transformation and Human Rights, Lund University, Sweden (deadline: 17 January 2022)

Postdoctoral, mid-career & senior fellowships – Legal Studies, The Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, University at Buffalo, USA (deadline: 2 February 2022)

*UPDATED* Upcoming academic opportunities: September and later deadlines

Calls for Papers

Law & Development Research Network (LDRn) Annual Conference – Beyond the Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities for Law and Development |  hosted online by Nelson Mandela University Faculty of Law, South Africa, 24 – 26 November 2021 (abstract deadline: 15 September 2021)

Sanctions and Africa: an International Law and Politics Conference | Coventry University, The Graduate Institute Geneva & University of Pretoria | Coventry University London Campus & online, 9-10 December 2021 (abstract deadline: 15 September 2021)

Call for book chapters: Imperial Debt: Colonial Theft, Postcolonial Repair, City University of New York (proposal deadline: 30 September 2021)

*NEW* Call for papers: Gendered Constitutionalism in the Global South, World Comparative Law / Verfassung und Recht in Übersee (abstract deadline: 30 October 2021)

*NEW* Call for submissions: Fundamental Rights in the Digital Age, Queen Mary Law Journal (submission deadline: 20 November 2021)

*NEW* Call for book chapters: Children’s Rights Under Siege: Dignity in the Era of Global Interdependence (abstract deadline: 15 December 2021)

Vacancies / fellowships / scholarships

Assistant Professor of Law – Business Law, University of Oregon, USA (deadline: 1 September 2021)

Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor Position – Labor and Employment Law, Cornell University, USA (deadline: 1 September 2021)

SUSTJUSTICE postgraduate programme on Sustainable Development and Global Justice | University of Antwerp Law Faculty – Law & Development Research Group (*NEW* scholarship deadline: 19 September 2021 / application deadline: 30 November 2021)

Research Assistant – Climate Change Laws of the World, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK (deadline: 6 September 2021)

Senior Researcher – Legal Tools Team, International Institute for Environment and Development, London / Edinburgh / sub-Saharan Africa (deadline: 12 September 2021)

Doctoral position – Global Health Law, Lund University Law Faculty, Sweden (deadline: 12 September 2021)

*NEW* Postdoctoral fellowship – Economic and Political Consequences of Sovereign Default, Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, Italy (deadline: 28 September 2021)

*NEW* Postdoc positions – Law & sustainability (SDG 16), University of Southern Denmark (deadline: 30  September 2021)

*NEW* Distinguished Multicultural Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Rhode Island, USA (deadline: 1 October 2021)

UCI Global Scholars Early Career Fellowship, University of California, Irvine, USA (deadline: 1 October 2021)

*NEW* International Climate Protection Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany (deadline: 1 February 2022)

(Assistant) Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine, USA (rolling – next review 30 June 2022)

(Assistant) Clinical Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine, USA (rolling – next review 30 June 2022)


Call for papers: Sanctions and Africa: an International Law and Politics Conference | Coventry University, The Graduate Institute Geneva, and University of Pretoria | Coventry University London Campus & online, 9-10 December 2021 (abstract deadline: 15 September 2021)

The Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity of Coventry University, together with The Graduate Institute Geneva and University of Pretoria, welcome submissions to an international law and politics conference on sanctions and Africa. The conference will take place online and at the Coventry University London Campus on 9-10 December 2021.

The aim of the conference is to investigate and reimagine Africa as an active voice and perspective in the global legal and political discourse on sanctions. Contributions will help develop a systematic understanding of the ways in which African actors (states and non-state) seek to shape, challenge, and advance the knowledge, rules and practice on sanctions.

The deadline for abstracts is 15 September 2021.

See here for the full call for papers and further information.


EXTENDED DEADLINE: Call for papers: LDRN 5th annual conference – “Beyond the Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities for Law and Development” | Nelson Mandela University Faculty of Law, South Africa (hosted online) | 24 – 26 November 2021

UPDATE: The call for papers deadline has been extended to 22 September – there is still time to send in your abstracts and panel proposals!


LDRN’s 5th annual conference – “Beyond the Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities for Law and Development” – will be hosted online by the Nelson Mandela University Faculty of Law, South Africa, on 24 – 26 November 2021.

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Download the call for papers here

The conference will be organized along two tracks:

  • A general track on the conceptual challenges in law and development scholarship, considering how law and development can respond to global challenges to ensure the field’s continuing viability and relevance.
  • A thematic track with seven sub-streams:  (1) governance, human rights, and the rule of law ; (2) global health and access to health care services; (3) environment, sustainable development and climate change; (4) the law of the sea and development; (5) land; (6) human mobility and social protection; (7) international economic law and development finance.

The deadline for abstracts and panel proposals is 15 September, and selection decisions will be communicated by 15 October.

Further information will be made available on the conference website as from mid-August. In the meantime, further questions can be addressed to the organizers at LDRNConference [at] mandela (dot) ac (dot) za

We look forward to seeing you there!

Upcoming academic opportunities & online events: June and later deadlines [UPDATED]

Calls for papers

The Future of Human Rights: 40th Anniversary Special Issue, Nordic Journal of Human Rights (abstract deadline: 25 June 2021)

Special Issue on Data, Law and Decolonization, Technology & Regulation journal (abstract deadline: 15 August 2021)

Vacancies / scholarships / fellowships

5 PhD scholarships – Human Rights and Global Politics: Legal, Philosophical and Economic Challenges, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy (deadline: 3 June 2021)

Assistant Professor in Anti-Black Racism and Resistance, Sociology Department, UC Santa Barbara, USA (deadline: 28 June 2021)

Mysun Foundation Clinical Fellow, Environmental Law Clinic, University of California – Irvine School of Law, USA (deadline: 21 July 2021)

PhD Scholarship ERC Grant CURIAE VIRIDES – Sustainable development law and access to justice, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (deadline: 28 July 2021)

Two Postdoctoral Scholars – Information and Security, University of Calgary, Canada (deadline: 30 July 2021)

Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor Position – Labor and Employment Law, Cornell University, USA (deadline: 1 September 2021)

UCI Global Scholars Early Career Fellowship, University of California, Irvine, USA (deadline: 1 October 2021)


Online events

The relevance of perspectives from the global South for human rights law research – closing seminar with Prof. Thomas Spijkerboer, International Francqui Professor Chair / University of Ghent, 1 June 2021

Cooperation or Externalisation: online debate on the impact of the EU migration policy on countries in Africa, University of Ghent / 11.11.11, 4 June 2021

Re-Imagining Agenda 2063: The Socio-Legal Foundation of the Africa We Want, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, Canada / Liu Network for Africa, 21 – 24 June 2021

Upcoming academic opportunities & online events: May and later deadlines

Vacancies / fellowships

3 PhD positions – Legal connectivities and colonial cultures in Africa | Max Planck Institute for Legal History & Legal Theory, Frankfurt/Main, Germany (deadline: 1 May 2021)

2022/3 German Chancellor Fellowship – BRICS + US citizens | Alexander von Humboldt Foundation / chosen host institution in Germany (deadline: 15 October 2021)

Calls for papers

Revista Derecho del Estado No. 54 – El reconocimiento de la naturaleza como sujeto de derechos / Rights of nature | Universidad Externado de Colombia (deadline: 31 August 2021 – ES / EN / PT / FR)

Online events

Protecting the Amazon Region: Governance Gaps | Brussels School of Governance VUB | 4 May 2021

International Law and Distribution – Sustainable Development, Security, and the Governance of Resources | Glasginburgh 2021 Conference | 13 – 14 May 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.