Photos available from LDRN 2017 Conference

See photos from the 2nd annual LDRN Conference, hosted by the Law and Development Research Group at the University of Antwerp Faculty of Law – including the Localizing Human Rights Roundtables, the methodology workshop and the launch of the Law and Development Research Network.

LDRN Conference 2017 Antwerp

(All photo credits: University of Antwerp/Lani Fourie)

See here for more on the upcoming 2018 LDRN conference in Leiden

Call for papers extended: 6th Annual RiDNet Conference

The Researchers in Development Network (RiDNet) is pleased to announce the 6th Annual RiDNet Conference to take place on the 19th of March 2018 at the University of Leeds under the theme:

Measuring, Evaluating and Documenting Development: Linking Academia and Practice”

The conference will focus on three themes:

1.Measuring and evaluating development: qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed approaches to measuring impact; monitoring and evaluation in NGO and donor projects, feeding research into practice, participatory approaches to evaluating research and practice, benefits and/or challenges of ‘measuring’ development, indicators and global goals (e.g. SDGs).

2.Reporting and documenting development: explores how development is reported in the various media (mass media, social media), what effect(s) this has on the various stakeholders (donor communities, affected communities, governments, NGOs, general public perceptions etc). New, innovative and/or disruptive ways of documenting and reporting development.

3.Linking academia and practice: research collaboration with practitioners in the field, local or international organisations (including NGOs/INGOs), exploring ways of academia influencing policy and policymakers, finding common ground between academic research and practitioners including the challenges, benefits or rewards of collaborative working between academia and practice in development research.

Please email a 300-word (maximum) abstract to by the 14th of February 2018. Selected applicants will be informed within 1 week of the closing date. Successful applicants will be given up to 10 minutes to make a presentation, after which 3-5 minutes will be spent taking questions.

***We also now welcome posters to display during the conference. If you would like to display a poster, please email by the 14th Feb***


Call for applications – 15 Marie Sklodowska-Curie PhD positions – Well-being, Ecology, Gender and cOmmunity-Innovative Training Network (WEGO-ITN)

On behalf of the WEGO-ITN, The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam is pleased to announce the recruitment of 15 Marie Sklodowska-Curie (MSCA) PhD positions (Early Stage Researchers).

WEGO-ITN’s consortium is made up of scholar-activists working on feminist political ecology from ten institutions in five European Union countries: Germany, Italy, Sweden, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom and eight institutions from six countries for training and secondments: Australia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Uruguay and USA.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon, 1 March 2018.

For more information, see further here about the research project and the full vacancy description and application details.




Call for Papers: Customary Law and Legal Pluralism in Africa: Panel in Honour of Professor Gordon Woodman – African Studies Association UK Conference | 11 – 13 September 2018 | Birmingham

Cardiff Law and Global Justice invites contributions to this panel which honours and reflects on the work of Gordon Woodman, a pioneering and world-renowned scholar of law in Africa and legal theory. 

Proposals for papers are invited which address all areas of Gordon Woodman’s work and the general themes which he engaged with over his distinguished career: Ghanaian Law, Land Law, Customary Law, Legal Pluralism, Law and Social Change, and Legal Philosophy.

Proposals from scholars working on or based in West Africa, including early career scholars, are particularly welcome.

Further information and the full call for papers available here.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (ECF) Competition 2018

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (ECF) Competition 2018

The Warwick Law School is looking to support excellent applications for the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (ECF) Competition 2018. The School of Law has an excellent track record in supporting successful candidates with Leverhulme applications and we are now inviting suitably qualified candidates to support in the latest scheme. The Department will select a limited number of fellowship applications to support in the 2018 competition. These applications will be selected through a competitive internal selection process.

The Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position.

Approximately 100 Fellowships will be available in 2018. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.

The 2018 round will open 1 January 2018. The closing date for applications to the Leverhulme Trust is 1 March 2018.

Applicants are encouraged to work on their proposal with their chosen mentor before submitting the application to the department.

For more information on the scheme and the process of application through Warwick Law School, please see:

PhD school of the Law and Development Research Network


The next LDRN PhD school will take place on 17 – 19 August 2023 at National Law University Delhi, India, immediately prior to the LDRN General Conference at the same venue. 

Details to follow on the LDRN website & Twitter account

In the meantime, save the date!

Seminario doctoral y taller de publicación de la LDRN / LDRN PhD school & publication seminar | Universidad Austral, Argentina (virtual: ES & EN) | 16 – 17 & 22 – 23 marzo / March 2021

(English below)

Por primera vez se organiza virtualmente y en América Latina el seminario doctoral y el taller de publicación de la Law and Development Research Network (LDRN), bajo la dirección de la Universidad Austral y con el apoyo de la Universidad de Amberes. El evento será gratuito para los estudiantes y estará dividido en dos capítulos distintos. Las sesiones se llevarán a cabo en español o en inglés. Los ponentes y moderadores serán de la Universidad Austral, la LDRN y demás instituciones universitarias. Las sesiones tendrán una duración de 1h30-2h e incluirán presentaciones de profesores locales e
internacionales, con un fuerte énfasis en la interacción entre los presentadores y los oyentes.

El primer capítulo es el seminario doctoral, cuyo objetivo es orientar a los estudiantes de doctorado actuales y futuros de América Latina y más allá. Como las escuelas doctorales son consecuentes y obligatorias en la mayoría de las universidades latinoamericanas, el objetivo aquí es proporcionar una herramienta práctica y complementaria para los estudiantes de doctorado. El enfoque de las sesiones será (1) gestión del tiempo en español, (2) metodología en inglés, (3) preparación para la defensa y para la publicación de la tesis en español, (4) una sesión de pares en español, así como ( 5) una sesión sobre estancias de investigación en el extranjero en inglés.


El segundo capítulo es el taller de publicación, cuyo objetivo es asesorar a
investigadores de América Latina, abriendo también a otras regiones. El objetivo es brindar un panorama de las posibilidades y requerimientos de publicaciones locales e internacionales, a través de presentaciones y discusiones con editores de revistas y / o profesores con experiencia sustancial en publicaciones. Las sesiones se organizarán de la siguiente manera (1) publicación local y regional -Argentina / Latinoamérica- en
español, (2) publicaciones internacionales en inglés, (3) preparación y presentación de una edición especial en inglés (3) la publicación de un libro / la transformación de la tesis en un libro (para publicaciones del Reino Unido) en inglés.

Ver el programa y inscribirse aquí


For the first time, the Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) PhD school and publication workshop will be organized virtually and in Latin America, under the leadership of Universidad Austral, with the support of the University of Antwerp. The event will be
free of charge for students and divided in two distinct parts. Sessions will be conducted either in Spanish or in English. The speakers and moderators will be from Universidad Austral, the LDRN and beyond. The sessions will last 1h30-2h and will include presentations from local and international professors, with a strong emphasis on interaction.

The first part is the PhD seminar, aiming at mentoring current and prospective PhD students from the Latin American region and beyond. As PhD schools are substantial and mandatory in most Latin American universities, the objective here is to provide a practical and complementary tool for PhD students. The focus of the sessions will be on (1) time management, in Spanish, (2) methodology, in English, (3) preparation of the defense and publication of the thesis, in Spanish, (4) a peer session in Spanish, (5) a session on studying abroad, in English.

See the programme and register here

The second part is the publication workshop, aiming at mentoring researchers from the Latin American region and beyond. The objective is to provide a panorama of local and international publication possibilities and requirements, through presentations and discussions with journal editors and / or professors with substantial experience in publication. The sessions will be organized as follows (1) local and regional publication in Argentina & Latin America, in Spanish, (2) international publications, in English, (3)
preparing and presenting a special issue, in English (4) publication of a book / transformation of a thesis into a book (for UK publications), in English.

See the programme and register here

Photo credit: Åbo Akademi University

The second annual LDRN PhD school took place in 2019 at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Hague, The Netherlands. Read the full report here.

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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General conference of the Law and Development Research Network

UPDATE: LDRN 6th General Conference at National Law University Delhi, India, 19 – 21 August 2023

We are thrilled to announce that the next LDRn General Conference will be hosted by LDRN partner National Law University Delhi, India, on 19 – 21 August 2023. We are grateful to our hosts and look forward to the first LDRN conference in Asia.

Ijon, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The conference will be preceded by a research school for doctoral students at the same location. Further details will follow on our  website and on the LDRN Twitter account – in the meantime, save the date!


The 5th annual LDRN conference – “Beyond the Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities for Law and Development” – was hosted online by the Nelson Mandela University Faculty of Law, South Africa, on 24 – 26 November 2021.

Over 200 law and development researchers – from about 40 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania – joined discussions on new research relating to governance, human rights, and the rule of law; global health and access to health care services; environment, sustainable development and climate change; the law of the sea and development; land; international economic law and development finance; human mobility and social protection, and more!

Highlights included keynote addresses on “Human Rights and the Pandemic in the Age of Hyperglobalization” by Prof. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (The New School), and  “The Potential for Environmental Jus Cogens” by Prof. Dire Tladi (University of Pretoria), as well as an opening keynote panel on “Conceptual challenges in law and development scholarship: Northern and Southern perspectives“. 

Watch some of the highlights!

Keynote address: Prof. Dire Tladi (University of Pretoria) – The Potential for Environmental Jus Cogens (full video)

Highlights of the opening ceremony and keynote panel on “Conceptual challenges in law and development scholarship: Northern and Southern perspectives” (with Profs Kevin Davis (NYU), Mariana Pargendler (Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School), Matthew Erie (Oxford Uni.), Daniel Bonilla (Uni. de los Andes) and Ada Ordor (Uni. of Cape Town), chaired by Prof. Celine Tan (Uni. of Warwick))

  • Read more about some of the contributions relating to the law of the sea and development on the One Ocean Hub blog
  • See the full programme


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.



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