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.

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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 (  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