Watch: LDRN webinar highlights developing questions for (post-)pandemic law and development research

On 9 December 2020, at a Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) webinar hosted by the Nelson Mandela University Faculty of Law, expert speakers from the network unravelled the implications of the pandemic for law & development research agendas on four highly relevant and interconnected themes: global public health, climate change, poverty and gender, and sovereign debt.

See the panel presentations here

Dr. Rachel Hammonds (University of Antwerp, Belgium) set the scene with an overview of key global public health debates which will be prominent on post-COVID-19 research agendas, such as equity and fairness in relation to vaccine access (as well as broader global health objectives), and multilateralism in global health governance. Dr. Hammonds highlighted the tension between the right to health and global health security paradigms as a central theme in many of these debates.

Dr. Stellina Jolly (South Asian University, India) outlined important lessons from the pandemic for addressing climate change, such as the need for public participation in preparedness and adaptation, as well as attention to human rights and pre-existing inequalities. Dr. Jolly further examined the intersections between climate change, COVID-19 and other themes relevant to global justice, with a focus on regulatory, comparative and socio-legal issues which will require attention from researchers.

Prof. Monica Sapucaia Machado (Instituto de Direito Público, Brazil) highlighted the pandemic’s exacerbation of existing inequalities and its disproportionate gendered impacts in terms of care work, risk of infection, and risk of poverty. Prof. Sapucaia Machado further outlined legal and policy measures taken to address these impacts in some countries most affected by the pandemic, particularly in the field of social protection.

Dr. Celine Tan (University of Warwick, UK) focused on the sovereign debt crisis arising from the pandemic, and its operational and substantive repercussions for development and related research. Dr. Tan highlighted crucial intersections between development agendas and the structure of global finance, as well as the need to understand the role of finance in all areas of law & development research; to focus further on the concepts of debt and redistribution; and to support a plurality of research which amplifies marginalized voices.

The panel discussion and Q&A were moderated by Prof. Joanna Botha (Nelson Mandela University, South Africa). In the discussion with the panelists, participants raised a number of pertinent issues relating, e.g., to defining essential services (especially regarding domestic violence and mental health); the role of law in ensuring sustainability of economic recovery measures; investor litigation against public health protection measures; and taxation to fund vaccine purchases.

Watch the full webinar recording here 

LDRN member publications & recordings – December 2020

Publications

Ajla Skrbic, Constitutional Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Can We Expect It in The Near Future?, International Association of Constitutional Law, Melbourne, Australia, 2020

Ajla Skrbic, Cijena protesta: Prakse nadleznih institucija u oblasti slobode okupljanja u BiH (BCS)/ The Price of Protests: Freedom of Assembly Practices of the Competent Institutions in BiH (ENG), Human Rights Edition, Sarajevo Open Centre, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2020

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LDRN members are welcome to announce their latest publications or webinar recordings via this list – please send references and links to the Editor by the final Monday of the month (the next list will appear at the end of January)

Upcoming academic opportunities & events: January and later deadlines

Vacancies / fellowships

Postdoctoral researcher ERC Starting Grant ‘CURIAE VIRIDES’ in the area of sustainable development law | Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (deadline: 4 January 2021)

5 PhD positions – Humanitarian Governance in Colombia, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), climate related displacement, and humanitarian ethics | International Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands (deadline: 4 January 2021)

Faculty Scholar – Access to Justice Scholars Program | American Bar Foundation / JPB Foundation (non-residential) (deadline: 15 January 2021)

NIAS Theme Group Fellowships |Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (deadline: 15 January 2021)

Doctoral fellow – International law & economic activities in areas of contested statehood – Western Sahara | University of Ghent, Belgium (deadline: 20 February 2021)

NIAS Individual Fellowships | Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (deadline: 15 March 2021)

Assistant Professor – Sociology | Loyola University Chicago, USA (deadline: rolling)

Assistant Professor – Criminology | Dominican University, USA (deadline: rolling)

Calls for papers

Re-Imagining Agenda 2063 – A Socio-Legal Foundation of the Africa We Want | Peter A. Allard School of Law and the Liu Institute Network for Africa (virtual) | 21 – 25 June 2021 (abstract deadline: 31 January 2021)

Human Development & Capability Association – 2021 Conference | University of Antwerp, Belgium (hybrid) | 13 – 15 September 2021 (proposal deadline: 15 February 2021)

New book: Stéphanie de Moerloose, “World Bank environmental and social conditionality as a vector of sustainable development” (Schulthess, 2020)

Stéphanie de Moerloose, “World Bank environmental and social conditionality as a vector of sustainable development” (Schulthess, 2020)

There has been heated debate regarding the legitimacy and implementation of the World Bank Group’s environmental and social safeguards. These safeguards are nevertheless instrumental vectors of sustainable development in recipient countries, as they are included in conditionality in loan agreements. This book therefore addresses the issue of how to reinforce the safeguards’ role as effective vectors of sustainable development, while avoiding sovereignty infringement and dealing with non-compliance.

In addressing this key question, the book first aims to diagnose the problems faced by conditionality based on environmental and social safeguards. Subsequently, through three case studies, it proposes different avenues for change, e.g. human rights-based harmonization of safeguards across Multilateral Development Banks; institutional changes in the World Bank Group; and a strict assessment of the suitability of the recipient’s context for implementing the safeguards.

Prof. Stéphanie de Moerloose is a Swiss National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Humboldt University of Berlin and an Affiliated Professor at the Faculty of Law of Universidad Austral, Argentina (both LDRN partner institutions). She is currently a member of the LDRN steering committee.

LDRN partner Cardiff Law & Global Justice to host 2021 Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference (30 March – 1 April 2021 | online)

On 30 March – 1 April 2021, LDRN partner Cardiff Law & Global Justice will host the 2021 conference of the Socio-Legal Studies Association, which will be presented as a virtual conference for the first time.

As well as 25 streams across the socio-legal field, highlights include plenaries on:

Please see the conference website for the call for papers and registration info, and follow conference tweets on @SLSA_UK & @LGlobalJustice

Upcoming academic opportunities & events: December and later deadlines

Vacancies

PhD Scholarship ERC Starting Grant ‘CURIAE VIRIDES’ in the area of sustainable development law | Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (deadline: 31 December 2020)

Postdoctoral researcher ERC Starting Grant ‘CURIAE VIRIDES’ in the area of sustainable development law | Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (deadline 4 January 2021)

University Lecturer in the Political Economy of Development | University of Cambridge, UK (deadline: 1 January 2021)

3 fixed term (temporary) lecturer posts in Development Studies | University of Cambridge, UK (deadline: 1 January 2021)

Online events

Seminário Propriedades no Contexto de Múltiplas Crises | Properties in Transformation Network, 24/26 November & 1/3 December 2020

Conflicting Responses to Refugees and Migrants in COVID-19 Europe | MAPS Network / Queen Mary University of London, 11 December 2020

Join the discussion! Law & Development Research Network (LDRN) webinar – Implications of the global pandemic for Law & Development research agendas – Wednesday 9 December, 13h00 – 14h30 UTC

The Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) and the Faculty of Law at Nelson Mandela University invite you to a webinar on:

Implications of the Covid-19 Pandemic for Law and Development Research Agendas

Date: 9 December 2020

Time: 13:00 to 14:30 UTC

The webinar will focus on four cross-cutting themes for Law and Development in the time of Covid, presented by the following speakers from our Network:

  • Global Health – Dr Rachel Hammonds, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Climate Change – Dr Stellina Jolly, South Asian University, India
  • Sovereign Debt – Dr Celine Tan, University of Warwick, UK
  • Poverty / Gender – Prof Mônica Sapucaia Machado, Instituto de Direito Público, Brazil

Moderator: Prof Joanna Botha, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

The event will begin with four short interventions by the thematic experts, followed by an interactive discussion and Q&A.

We look forward to engaging with you as a Network.

Register here or via the poster below!


LDRN Webinar Pandemic

*UPDATED* Upcoming academic opportunities: November and later deadlines

Calls for papers

Early Career Workshop: Critical Perspectives on Global Law and the Environment | University of Essex (online event), 22 – 23 April 2021 (abstract deadline: 1 December 2020)

Online events

EU-Africa cooperation and the New Pact on Migration and Asylum: ‘Cooperation or Externalisation?’ | University of Ghent/11.11.11 | 6 November 2020, 11h00 – 12h30 (CET)

Vacancies

PhD position – UN, human rights to water & indigenous peoples | ERC RIVERS Project – Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain (deadline: 7 November 2020)

Richard Taylor Law Teaching Fellowship | UCLA Law Williams Institute and Critical Race Studies Program, Los Angeles, USA (deadline: 16 November 2020)

*NEW* Research & Learning Manager | International Development Law Organization, The Hague, The Netherlands (deadline: 22 November 2020)

Lecturer in Global Security | University of Arizona Tempe, USA (deadline: 30 November 2020)

*NEW* University Lecturer in the Political Economy of Development | University of Cambridge, UK (deadline: 1 January 2021)

*NEW* 3 fixed term (temporary) lecturer posts in Development Studies | University of Cambridge, UK (deadline: 1 January 2021)

LDRN member publications & awards – September / October 2020

Andrew Barney Khakula and Mercy Mutheu Muendo, Public Participation, Devolution and Development: Expanding the Frontiers of Participation Through Technology in Kenya, Africa Journal of Comparative Constitutional Law, 2019, pp. 103 – 128
 
Surabhi Lal & Devanshi Saxena, Can the Geographical Indications Act Provide Relief to Nagaland’s Chakhesang Women?, The Wire, 20 October 2020.
 

Borjana Mikovic & Ajla Skrbic, Pravo glasa i mogucnost participacije u politickom i javnom zivotu punoljetnih osoba pod starateljstvom u medjunarodnim dokumentima i zakonodavstvu Bosne i Hercegovine [The right to vote and the possibility of participation in political and public life of adults under guardianship in international human rights treaties and legislation of Bosnia and Herzegovina], Annals of the Faculty of Law in Belgrade, Serbia, Vol. 68, Year LXVIII, 3/2020, pp. 53-79

Aleydis Nissen, In Kenia is de ene rozenplantage de andere niet: ‘Klagen is ontslag vragen’ [In Kenya, one rose plantation is not like another: ‘Complaining is asking to be fired’], Knack, 24 October 2020.

Awards
Aleydis Nissen, European Public Law Organization Thesis Prize (for doctoral research on the role of the EU Member States in regulating and remedying corporate human rights violations)
 

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

Prof. Joanna Botha (LDRN steering committee) contributes to UN expert seminar on the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

On 20 – 21 October 2020, Prof. Joanna Botha (Nelson Mandela University, South Africa), a current member of the LDRN steering committee, contributed to an international expert seminar on the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), on the invitation of the Chairperson–Rapporteur of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards for the ICERD.

The purpose of the seminar was to consider elements of a draft additional protocol to the Convention and to prepare recommendations for new normative standards to combat all forms of contemporary racism, including incitement to racial and religious hatred. Experts’ critical insights were solicited in view of preparing the Ad Hoc Committee’s report to the UN Human Rights Council on its 11th session.

Prof. Botha’s contributions were based on her research on the regulation of hate crimes and hate speech and the prohibition of unfair discrimination in the South African context. This research addresses the complex intersection of freedom of expression, equality and dignity – not only for the individual, but also for vulnerable groups.