Annual PhD school of the Law and Development Research Network

The second annual Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) PhD school – “Legal Values and the Functions of Law: Symbioses and Synergies” – was organized on behalf of the network by the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 24 – 28 June 2019

The workshop addressed two guiding questions:

  • What does law seek to accomplish, and how is society affected by it?
  • From a researcher standpoint, how do I identify synergies between my research subject and those of others?

The 2019 LDRN PhD school 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.

The academic programme involved contributions from colleagues in the LDRN, in particular Warwick UniversityUniversity of the WitwatersrandAntwerp University and Leiden University.

The course paid particular attention both to law’s embedded values as well as its functional character. It 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  involving movement and role-play, and several evening activities where participants continued to engage in debates and discussions. 

Read the full report on the 2019 LDRN PhD school

Photo credit: Åbo Akademi University

The first annual LDRN PhD school  took place in 2018 at the Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University, Åbo, Finland.  See the report here.

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Annual conference of the Law and Development Research Network

LDRN 2020 & COVID-19: LDRN 5th annual conference postponed to September 2021

In the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) has had to take the difficult decision to postpone its 5th annual conference to September 2021. The conference was to be held on 21 – 23 September 2020 at Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. This plan is no longer deemed viable given our collective responsibility to participate in ensuring public health and safety, as well as the need to acknowledge the uncertainties brought about by this situation.
 
The network fully supports the host university in this difficult moment, and is grateful for the considerable work that has already been put into organizing the conference, as well as Nelson Mandela University’s continued commitment to hosting in September 2021.
 
We are also grateful for the interest and engagement of all the researchers who already submitted abstracts and panel proposals, and will be reaching out to all of you individually.
 
While we await our next in-person events, we aim to create opportunities this year to bring the LDRN community together online to engage with each other’s work, including around the original timing of the 2020 conference.
 

We will be delighted to share these plans with you via the LDRN website and newsletter – please do subscribe to stay in touch.

 

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The 4th annual conference of the Law & Development Research Network,“The Plurality of Law and Development” was hosted by Humboldt University Law Faculty (Chair for Public Law and Comparative Law) in Berlin, Germany, on 25 – 27 September 2019. The conference brought together over 200 researchers and practitioners interested in law and development from 39 countries in the global North and South.

The conference aimed to investigate the plural nature of law and development as a field of study and practice. 55 panels explored historical and theoretical aspects of law and development, public law and socio-economic development, development finance,  human rights, gender, legal pluralism, and more. The panels included discussions on research, teaching and publication, practitioner conversations and book launches.

Read the conference report

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

Full keynote videos are available on LDRN’s Youtube channel

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

The Völkerrechtsblog online law and development symposium also includes some contributions by LDRN conference participants.

See the final programme and call for papers (closed).

Visit the conference website

In 2018, over 120 researchers and practitioners from almost 30 countries participated in the 3rd annual LDRN conference, titled ‘Interfaces’, hosted by the Van Vollenhoven Institute of Leiden Law School in Leiden, The Netherlands.  Read more about the 2018 conference