Early career researchers’ workshop: Law, Rights, and Governance in Africa | Leiden University, The Netherlands | 28 – 29 January 2020 (deadline: 10 November 2019)

Applications are open for the two-day workshop “Law, Rights, and Governance in Africa. A look to the Future”, which will take place at Leiden University, The Netherlands on 28 – 29 January 2020.

The workshop will facilitates exchange and dialogue between 12 early career researchers (PhD candidates & post-docs) working on topics of law, (human) rights and governance in Africa. Researchers from a wide range of
disciplines – i.e. African studies, law, anthropology, sociology, geography, political science and development studies – are welcome to apply in order to meet and exchange ideas and findings. Through adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the aim is to bring together researchers from different universities, faculties, and departments to exchange and work on new research agendas from diverse perspectives.

For further details on themes, submission guidelines and participation costs / grants, please see the full call for papers

Deadline for submissions: 10 November 2019

 

Upcoming academic opportunities: vacancies, fellowships, calls for papers (rolling / end October / November deadlines)

The following academic opportunities may be of interest to members of the LDRN network – for further information, please visit the relevant links below:

Vacancies

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice – 2 positions – Norwich University, USA (starting 1 July 2020; applications open until position is filled)

Assistant Professor of Criminology & Socio-Legal StudiesUniversity of Toronto, Canada (deadline: 31 October 2019)

Assistant Professor of Global Labor and Gender – Department of Sociology and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) program – College of William & Mary, USA (deadline: 1 November 2019)

Fellowships

Residential Fellowships,  Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA)Princeton University, USA (deadline: 13 November 2019)

Calls for papers / submissions

Law & Society Association Annual Meeting – Rule & Resistance – 28 – 31 May 2020, Denver, USA (deadline: 6 November 2019)

Call for submissions and active participants (by 17 June): Workshop on “Resistance to development projects in Latin America: Taking stock of the role of law” | Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia | 9 August 2019

On 9 August 2019, a workshop on “Resistance to development projects in Latin America: Taking stock of the role of law” will be organized at Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia by LDRN member Dr. Giedre Jokubauskaite (University of Glasgow) and Prof. Johanna Cortes Nieto (Universidad del Rosario).

Researchers interested in presenting at the workshop are asked to send a 300 word abstract to the organizers by 17 June 2019. Those interested in attending without presenting are asked to send an e-mail indicating their interest by the same date. Contact details and further information are available here in the full call for submissions.

The workshop will cover questions including (but not limited to):
– Recent case law that invokes constitutional rights to challenge extractive industries, infrastructure projects, agricultural development projects (e.g. in the context of the current transitional justice process), overall what has come to be termed as mega-development projects;
– Recent trends in applying administrative procedures relevant to development projects, e.g. consultation requirements or environmental impact assessment;
– Role of law in public-private partnerships;
– The role of international investment law in conditioning government policies and spending;
– The role (and usefulness) of national and international environmental law in contesting development planning;
– Recent trends in the governance of the relationship between projects and communities, e.g. governance by contracts;
– Public interest litigation as an attempt to challenge development projects;
– The relationship between negotiation and formalisation processes of development projects, and the efforts of peace-building at the local level.

 

Upcoming proposal deadline for LDRN annual conference (15 February 2019)

 

Proposals and expressions of interest for the 2019 LDRN annual conference are due on 15 February 2019don’t miss out!

See the call for papers or download it here

The 4th annual conference of the Law & Development Research Network –  The Plurality of Law and Development” will be hosted by Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, on 25 – 27 September 2019

The conference aims to investigate the plural nature of law and development as a field of study, meaning and practice. As in prior conferences, it shall bring together a variety of researchers from the Global South and North who share an interest in law and development. We particularly encourage speakers from the Global South to participate and further pluralize the field and the network. We invite contributions to two tracks of themes:

  • Reflections about the ‘field’ of law and development
  • A general track open to any issue raised by proposals

For more details, download the call for papers 

Proposals can be for fully formed panels or individual papers. The organizers also invite expressions of interest for two additional formats, namely ‘Practitioner Conversations’ and ‘Book Launch Conversations’.

Applications for travel grants should be submitted together with the proposal.

For further information and proposal formats, please visit the conference website

Call for Papers: LDRN 4th Annual Conference – “The Plurality of Law and Development” | Humboldt University, Berlin, 25 – 27 September 2019

The call for papers is now out for the 4th annual conference of the Law & Development Research Network: “The Plurality of Law and Development

The conference will be hosted by Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, on 25 – 27 September 2019.

Download the call for papers

Visit the conference website

The conference aims to investigate the plural nature of law and development as a field of study, meaning and practice. As in prior conferences, it shall bring together a variety of researchers from the Global South and North who share an interest in law and development. We particularly encourage speakers from the Global South to participate and further pluralize the field and the network. We invite contributions to two tracks of themes:

A specific track will focus on reflections about the ‘field’ of law and development, including on:

 Histories of law and development

 Bridging theory and practice in law and development

 Teaching law and development

 Intra- and inter-disciplinarity in law and development

 Dealing with plurality in our research

A general track is open to any issue raised by proposals, including on themes such as:

 Human rights, access to justice, and legal empowerment

 Diversity, gender, and non-discrimination

 Non-state law and legal pluralism

 International law and development (e.g. economic law, institutional law of development cooperation)

 Technology and digitalization

SUBMISSIONS: We invite proposals on any theme within the two tracks. Proposals can be for fully formed panels or individual papers. The organizers also invite expressions of interest for two additional formats, namely ‘Practitioner Conversations’ and ‘Book Launch Conversations’.

DEADLINE: Proposals and expressions of interest should be submitted by 15 February 2019in accordance with the formats described on the conference website

CONTACT: Please e-mail your submissions or questions to berlinconference.rewi [at] hu-berlin (dot) de

TRAVEL STIPENDS: A limited number of travel stipends for speakers based in countries of the Global South will be available. Applications should be submitted together with paper proposals.

DECISIONS about papers and funding applications will be announced in April 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on conference themes, submissions and stipends see the conference website

Call for Papers: Human Rights and International Legal Discourse

Human Rights & International Legal Discourse is a peer-reviewed law journal that focuses on the interplay between human rights law and international law. It is designed to encourage the critical study of the increasing influence of human rights law on international legal discourse.
 
In addition to traditional public international law, the journal aims to focus on the interaction of human rights law with specific domains of international law, including international development law, international environmental law, international criminal law, international labour law, and international trade law. The journal places special emphasis on promoting a North-South dialogue.
 
Please submit manuscripts to ssmis [at] vub (dot) ac (dot) be (with e-mail subject line beginning with HRILD).
 
Deadline for submission is 15 February 2019.

Call for expressions of interest: book project on Africa and the law of the sea

The South African Research Chair in the Law of the Sea & Development in Africa (hosted at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa) is calling for expressions of interest from prospective (co-)authors of chapters in a five-volume publication on Africa and the law of the sea.

Please contact the managing editor, Prof Patrick Vrancken, at patrick.vrancken [at] mandela (dot) ac (dot) za

Call for papers: Law and Development from the Islamic perspective

The Law and Development Institute (www.lawanddevelopment.net)  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.

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