Two vacancies at University of Warwick School of Law: Professor and Reader in Law (deadline: 8 December 2019)

The University of Warwick School of Law is advertising two full-time, permanent positions:

– Professor in Law

– Reader in Law

Successful candidates will be expected to play a leadership role in research and teaching, and to make a significant contribution to the academic governance of the School and/or University. Expertise in common law subjects may be advantageous, but the Law School strongly welcomes applications from outstanding scholars in any legal or legally-related field of study. Experience of empirical research and/or a record of success in obtaining research funding would also be welcomed.

Application deadline: 8 December 2019

For further details and to apply, please see the full vacancy notices for the professor position and the reader position 

*UPDATED* Upcoming academic opportunities: December / January / February deadlines

Conferences and workshops

Law & Society Association Graduate Student & Early Career Workshop | Denver, Colorado, USA | 26-27 May 2020 (deadline: 16 December 2019)

Sixth Annual Junior Scholars Conference | University of Michigan Law School, USA | 17 – 18 April 2020 (deadline: 3 January 2020)

Thirteenth International Junior Faculty Forum  |  Stanford Law School, California, USA | October 2020 (date tbc) (deadline: 7 February 2020)


American Bar Foundation / JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholars Program | 15-month faculty scholarships (non-residential) & 2-year post-doctoral scholarship (residential – Chicago, USA) (deadline: 15 January 2020)


Assistant Professor of International Affairs and Global Studies | The New School, New York, USA (deadline: 1 December 2019 / open until filled)

Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Justice | University of California Santa Cruz, USA (deadline: 14 January 2019)

Dates confirmed for 5th Annual Conference of the Law & Development Research Network (LDRN) | 21 – 23 September 2020 | Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

LDRN is pleased to announce that the dates for the 5th annual LDRN conference  – to be hosted at Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa – have been confirmed for 21 – 23 September 2020.

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Upcoming academic opportunities: vacancies and fellowships – November/ December / January deadlines

The following vacancies and other opportunities may be of interest to researchers in the field of law and development:


Law and Humanities Junior Scholars Workshop | UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, USA | 7 – 8 June 2020 – scholarships available (deadline: 2 December 2019)


Diversity Fellowship Programme | Ithaca College, NY, USA | 16 August 2020 – 31 May 2021 (deadline: 2 December 2019)

Visiting Fellowships – Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World | Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA, USA | 2020 – 2021 (deadline: 15 January 2020)


Associate Professor / Professor in International Law and Human Security | Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada (deadline: 8 January 2020)

Executive Director, Center for Advancement of Rule of Law in the Americas (CAROLA) | Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, USA (deadline: rolling)

Two Assistant Professor positions, Department of Legal Studies | College of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Illinois Springfield, USA (deadline: 2 December 2019)

Assistant Professor of Law and Society | John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, USA (deadline: 16 November 2019)


Call for Papers: Law and Development in High-Income Countries | LDI Conference | Bucerius Law School, Hamburg | 6 November 2020 (deadline for abstracts: 31 January 2020)

The Law and Development Institute (LDI) and Bucerius Law School invite the submission of abstracts for their conference in Hamburg, Germany, on 6 November 2020 focusing on law and development in high-income countries. Submissions are sought on the following topics:

– Poverty and Inequality in High Income Countries and the Role of Law

– Legal and Institutional Frameworks for Growth and Stability in High Income Countries

– The Role of State and Development in Industrialized Countries
International Trade, WTO and Substitute Institutions.

The deadline for one-page paper abstracts is 31 January 2020.

For more information, see the full call for papers

Additionally, the programme has been announced for the 2019 LDI conference, “Law and Development: From the Islamic Perspective”, to be hosted at the University of Dubai, UAE, on 7 – 8 December 2019.

See the programme here

Photos of the 4th Annual LDRN Research Conference | “The Plurality of Law & Development” | Humboldt University Law Faculty, Berlin, 25 – 27 September 2019

Images from the 4th Annual Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) Conference |”The Plurality of Law and Development” | Humboldt University Law Faculty | 25 – 27 September 2019

LDRN Law and Development Research Network Conference 2019 podium

All photo credits: Humboldt University

LDRN Philipp Dann Humboldt University welcomes conference participants LDRN Katharina Pistor David Trubek keynotes Berlin
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LDRN Philipp Dann Humboldt University LDRN conference Ram Kakarala Azim Premji University
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LDRN Law and Development Research Network Conference - Thomas Dollmaier Humboldt organizer LDRN PhD event Jeff Handmaker ISS Deborah Casalin Antwerp
LDRN Law and Development Research Network Conference Edward Elgar Publishers book stand LDRN Law and Development Research Network Conference participants 2
LDRN Madan Lokur keynote Berlin LDRN Madan Lokur keynote Berlin 2
LDRN Law and Development Research Network Volkerrechtsblog banners LDRN Law and Development Research Network Conference participants 3
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LDRN conference final panel Celine Tan Warwick Morag Goodwin Tilburg Michael Riegner Humboldt Law and Development Research Network Conference audience 5



Over 200 participants showcase the Plurality of Law & Development at the 4th annual LDRN conference in Berlin

On 24 – 27 September 2019, over 200 researchers and practitioners gathered in Berlin for the Law and Development Research Network (LDRN)’s fourth and biggest annual conference, hosted by the Humboldt University Law Faculty’s Chair of Public Law & Comparative Law. 

(Photo: Gamze Erdem Türkelli)

The conference theme – “The Plurality of Law and Development” – was visibly put into practice as 55 panels covered a vast mosaic of issues, including historical and theoretical aspects of law and development, public law and socio-economic development, development finance,  human rights, gender and legal pluralism.

A whole track was also dedicated to conversations with practitioners from intergovernmental, state and private institutions, as well as book launches where the latest academic research was on display. 

Keynote addresses were delivered by Katharina Pistor (Columbia Law School), Justice Madan Lokur (Supreme Court of India) and David Trubek (University of Wisconsin – Madison).

(Image: Humboldt University, via Youtube: LDRN Channel)

Full keynote videos are available on LDRN’s new Youtube channel

The conference was once again a highlight of the year for LDRN partner institutions, individual members and other scholars and practitioners from 39 countries to come together and form connections over law and development. Over 60% of participants travelled from outside Europe to join the conference, with 25% receiving travel grants for researchers from the South, making this an even more global occasion.

LDRN looks forward to seeing you at our next conference at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa in September 2020 – sign up for our newsletter to receive all the info!

(Photo: Gamze Erdem Türkelli)

In the meantime, catch up on more content and debates from this year’s LDRN conference on the Völkerrechtsblog online law and development symposium, or on Twitter under #LDRN2019

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Scholarship deadline extended (15 October 2019): Sustainable Development and Global Justice (SUSTJUSTICE) Postgraduate Programme | University of Antwerp, Belgium | 10 February – 13 April 2020

The Law and Development Research Group at the University of Antwerp (an LDRN founding partner) is pleased to announce the extension of the call for applications for its innovative postgraduate certificate programme on “Sustainable Development and Global Justice” (SUSTJUSTICE), which will run  in conjunction with the University of Antwerp Master of Laws (LL.M) from 10 February to 30 April 2020

Building upon four editions (2016-2019) of the Sustainable Development and Human Rights Programme (SUSTLAW), SUSTJUSTICE offers an intensive, in-depth legal training, providing both critical and contextualized insights. It 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 (in particular, in courses on  International Law and Sustainable Development; Human Rights and Global Justice; Law in Developing Countries; and External Actors in Aid, Trade and Investment).

The programme is aimed at lawyers, scholars, and practitioners of demonstrated intellectual and academic excellence from all over the world. Participants should have at least a bachelor-level degree and a basic knowledge of human rights and international law.

Scholarships are available for 12 students belonging to the Global South, with the support of the Belgian development cooperation (VLIR-UOS).

For further information and to apply, please visit the SUSTJSUTICE website.

Deadline for scholarship applicants: 15th October 2019

Deadline for self-funded applicants: 1 December 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:


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)


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)

Applications still open for the Global Scholars Academy | Institute for Global Law & Policy, Harvard Law School & Graduate Institute Geneva | Geneva, January 2020 (deadline: 20 September 2019)

In January 2020, the Institute for Global Law & Policy at Harvard Law School and the The Graduate Institute Geneva will convene a pilot “Global Scholars Academy” in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Academy will be an intensive residential experience designed to enable junior faculty and postdoctoral scholars to engage in sustained, interdisciplinary, peer-to-peer collaboration under the close mentorship of research faculty drawn from the world’s top universities. The Academy will be open by application to advanced junior scholars working to understand and map the levers of political, economic, and legal authority in the world today and will offer a unique interdisciplinary curriculum focused on issues of significance for scholars and policymakers in the global South. 

Preference will be given to scholars who are from the Global South, 2-5 years post-PhD and currently hold postdoctoral posts or faculty positions. All accepted participants will be expected to submit an 8000-word piece of academic writing in advance of the Academy to be discussed with colleagues in intensive writing workshops.

The deadline to apply is Friday 20 September via