LDRN member publications: July 2019

Klaus D. Beiter, Where Have All the Scientific and Academic Freedoms Gone? And What Is “Adequate for Science”? – The Right to Enjoy the Benefits of Scientific Progress and Its Applications, Israel Law Review, Vol. 52, No. 2, 2019, 233–291.

Deborah Casalin, Human Rights Treaty Mechanisms and Reparation for International Humanitarian Law Violations: Fragmentation, Partiality, Selective Justice?,  Human Rights & International Legal Discourse, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2019,  2 – 20.


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

Law and Development: New Institutional Approaches from the Global South | University of São Paulo Law Faculty & FGV Direito São Paulo, 5 – 6 August 2019

Two LDRN partner institutions, University of São Paulo Law Faculty & FGV Direito São Paulo, will be co-hosting the event “Law & Development: New Institutional Approaches from the Global South” on 5 – 6 August 2019.

The event will include a keynote lecture by Prof. Katharina Pistor (Columbia Law School), as well as roundtables on:

  • Law, political economy and institutions;
  • Democratic institutions in movement;
  • Corruption and reform in the Global South;
  • Financial regulation; and
  • Socio-legal architecture of markets.

There will also be a book launch for “The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality” by Katharina Pistor.

See here for further information

Register on the event website

Four vacancies at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague

The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam is currently recruiting for the following positions at its campus in The Hague:

  • Two Assistant Professors in Migration and Development (deadline – 5 September 2019)
  • Post-doc, Sustainable Development, Inequalities and Environmental Justice (deadline – 8 September 2019)
  • Full Professor of Technology and Global Development (deadline – 15 September 2019)

Please visit the ISS vacancies page for more information. 

LDRN member publications: May – June 2019

Karin Arts, Children’s Rights and Climate Change, in Claire Fenton-Glynn (ed.), Children’s Rights and Sustainable Development: Interpreting the UNCRC for Future Generations, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2019, 216 – 235.

Wouter Vandenhole, Towards a Fourth Moment in Law and Development?, 12/2 Law and Development Review 2019, 265-283.

Wouter Vandenhole, Children’s Rights and Sustainable Development from a ‘Law and Development’ Perspective, in Claire Fenton-Glynn (ed.), Children’s Rights and Sustainable Development. Interpreting the UNCRC for Future Generations, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2019, 12-30.


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

Second LDRN PhD summer school successfully rounded off at ISS, The Hague

Report by Jeff Handmaker (ISS) – academic coordinator LDRN Summer School

From 24-28 June 2019, the 2nd LDRN PhD Summer School (Workshop) took place.

The course was organised in The Hague on behalf of the Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) by the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam in the framework of the Integrating Normative and Functional Approaches to the Rule of Law and Human Rights Project and the Governance, Law and Social Justice Research Group.

The academic programme involved contributions from colleagues in the LDRN and in particular Warwick University, University of the Witwatersrand, Antwerp University and Leiden University as well as The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

The guiding questions of the workshop were:  what does law seek to accomplish, and how is society affected by it? And from a researcher standpoint, how do I identify synergies between my research subject and those of others? 

As the organizers noted, law’s values and law’s function are generally discussed as entirely separate topics. But a discussion of legal equality in the distribution of resources or tackling foreign-based corruption would ring rather hollow if it didn’t engage with how law functioned (or was dysfunctional) from a governance standpoint.  Similarly, understanding the social working of law and in particular the possibilities for individual and state accountability in a conflict setting has crucial implications for how the normative content and doctrinal principles underpinning international criminal law ought to be interpreted and – possibly – reframed.

Further, the positionality of the researcher should be regarded in a critically-reflexive manner. This is especially crucial when researching legal values and law’s function in a law and development context where researchers frequently confront a range of complex societal, economic, gendered and cultural dilemmas, including socio-economic and white privilege and cultural essentialism.

The 2019 LDRN PhD Course involved 17 doctoral candidates from 12 different academic institutions, most of which are affiliated to the network as LDRN partner institutions. Participants hailed originally from a wide range of countries, including Brazil, Sweden, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lebanon, Bosnia, Cameroon, India, Germany, The Netherlands and Italy. Most participants were of a legal background and based at a law faculty, although most combined different legal (and related) fields and disciplines to discuss the role of law in relation to development questions both occurring in the global north and in the global south.

In the workshop, we paid particular attention both to law’s embedded values as well as its functional character. It was expected that, from the course, participants would draw insights on some of the methodological, ethical and theoretical considerations relevant for these aspects of the law and development research field. The course involved a diverse range of interactive pedagogical methods of teaching and learning, from interactive lectures and seminars, to individual methods clinics, group work sessions, a field visit, an expressive workshop by Aminata Cairo involving movement and role-play and several evening activities where participants continued to engage in debates and discussions.

Each participant in the 2019 LDRN course received an individual certificate of attendance. ISS determined the course to be equivalent to 3 ECTS (European Study Credits).

Call for applications: SUSTJUSTICE postgraduate certificate programme | University of Antwerp | 10 February – 30 April 2020

The University of Antwerp Law Faculty’s Law and Development Research Group will be running a post-graduate certificate programme on “Sustainable Development and Global Justice” (SUSTJUSTICE) from 10 February to 30 April 2020. SUSTJUSTICE offers a comprehensive teaching programme based on the research lines of the Law and Development Research Group. These research lines contribute to SUSTJUSTICE’s four compulsory anchor courses, i.e.:

  • International Law and Sustainable Development,
  • Human Rights and Global Justice,
  • Law in Developing Countries, and
  • External Actors in Aid, Trade and Investment.

SUSTJUSTICE brings together a diverse group of leading experts from the North and South to introduce salient features of their disciplines, and to engage students in understanding and reflecting on key challenges for sustainable development and global justice.

Find out more on the SUSTJUSTICE website

In previous years, the programme was generously supported by the Belgian development cooperation (VLIR-UOS) which facilitated scholarships for a limited number students from the Global South. While scholarship applications are invited for SUSTJUSTICE, scholarship availability is contingent on the approval of the programme by VLIR-UOS and can only be confirmed in October 2019. 

See the list of eligible scholarship countries

Deadline for scholarship applicants: 30th September 2019

Deadline for self-funded applicants: 1st December 2019


New journal issue: Peace Human Rights Governance (open access)

The second 2019 issue of the University of Padova Human Rights Centre’s scientific journal, Peace Human Rights Governance (PHRG), has just been released. It is available in open access at the PHRG website.

The issue includes articles on contextualizing children’s rights protection in the EU; urban policies with respect to the Alevi population in Turkey; cities as actors in migration governance; and inclusionary and exclusionary practices relating to smart cities.

PHRG is an academic peer-reviewed journal published three times a year in English by Padova University Press. It aims to:

  • constitute an innovative scientific resource within the increasing and multi-faceted global human rights studies communityulti-faceted global human rights studies community
  • present original contributions, both theoretical, methodological and empirical, to current human rights issues
  • actively favour the development of a solid multi- and inter-disciplinary, and multi-level approach to human rights research and dissemination

Access the issue here

Call for papers – The IEL Collective Inaugural Conference: Disrupting Narratives and Pluralising Engagement in International Economic Law Scholarship, Teaching and Practice | University of Warwick, UK | 6 – 7 November 2019

The International Economic Law (IEL) Collective will host its inaugural conference at Warwick University, UK, on 6 – 7 November 2019.

The IEL Collective was launched to provide a space for critical reflection in the growing field of international economic law. It aims to explore how epistemological and methodological diversity can contribute towards the development of a more holistic landscape of scholarship on law and the governance of the global economy. The IEL Collective aims 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 conference aims to bring together scholars as well as other stakeholders, including policymakers, campaigners and practitioners, to contribute towards the development of The IEL Collective and to springboard and further new and existing conversations about the past, present and future of the discipline.

The IEL Collective welcomes papers and contributions that speak to the themes of the Collective and invite critical and contextual reflections of teaching, research and practical engagement with the broad sphere of international economic law. This can include explorations of thematic or substantive areas of international economic law, broadly conceived; contributions towards or challenges of methodological diversity within the discipline; engagements with the policy and practice of international economic law; and issues relating to the engagement of a broader community of scholars, students and stakeholders in the field of international economic law.

Download the full call for papers

Visit the conference website for further details

Deadline for paper proposals: 31 July 2019 (title + abstract of max. 250 words, to be submitted via the conference website)


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.


Now available: Open access special issue | Journal of African Law | “The African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance at 10+”

The African Union (AU) adopted the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) in 2007 as a unique legal instrument aimed at improving the African governance landscape and addressing the daunting challenges posed by civil wars, coups d’état, gross human rights violations and election-related violence. Over the course of its 10+ years of existence, fascinating developments, challenges and questions have emerged, some of which were arguably not anticipated by its drafters.

In this special issue on the ACDEG, the Journal of African Law brings together a range of related expertise from practitioners and academics, most of whom have actively engaged in key AU institutions such as the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the African Union Commission. The special issue covers topics such as the development of the ACDEG, its justiciability and relationship to human rights, and its implications for popular uprisings and presidential term limits.

The special issue is available for free here.