Call for Papers: LDRN 4th Annual Conference – “The Plurality of Law and Development” | Humboldt University, Berlin, 25 – 27 September 2019

The call for papers is now out for the 4th annual conference of the Law & Development Research Network: “The Plurality of Law and Development

The conference will be hosted by Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, on 25 – 27 September 2019.

Download the call for papers

Visit the conference website

The conference aims to investigate the plural nature of law and development as a field of study, meaning and practice. As in prior conferences, it shall bring together a variety of researchers from the Global South and North who share an interest in law and development. We particularly encourage speakers from the Global South to participate and further pluralize the field and the network. We invite contributions to two tracks of themes:

A specific track will focus on reflections about the ‘field’ of law and development, including on:

 Histories of law and development

 Bridging theory and practice in law and development

 Teaching law and development

 Intra- and inter-disciplinarity in law and development

 Dealing with plurality in our research

A general track is open to any issue raised by proposals, including on themes such as:

 Human rights, access to justice, and legal empowerment

 Diversity, gender, and non-discrimination

 Non-state law and legal pluralism

 International law and development (e.g. economic law, institutional law of development cooperation)

 Technology and digitalization

SUBMISSIONS: We invite proposals on any theme within the two tracks. Proposals can be for fully formed panels or individual papers. The organizers also invite expressions of interest for two additional formats, namely ‘Practitioner Conversations’ and ‘Book Launch Conversations’.

DEADLINE: Proposals and expressions of interest should be submitted by 15 February 2019in accordance with the formats described on the conference website

CONTACT: Please e-mail your submissions or questions to berlinconference.rewi [at] hu-berlin (dot) de

TRAVEL STIPENDS: A limited number of travel stipends for speakers based in countries of the Global South will be available. Applications should be submitted together with paper proposals.

DECISIONS about papers and funding applications will be announced in April 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on conference themes, submissions and stipends see the conference website

Call for proposals: Marine cultural heritage of eastern Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar)

The Rising from the Depths network aims to identify and utilise the Marine Cultural Heritage (MCH) of Eastern Africa to create tangible benefits in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar. The network will fund a range of Innovation Research Projects in the region. These are network funded, co-created research projects that aim to identify new opportunities and methods for using and protecting MCH. Projects must be rooted in the Arts and Humanities and may have interactions/ramifications in other areas.

The first call for projects closes on the 15th February 2019, 5pm (UK time).

See here for further details and to apply

Warwick Law School PhD Scholarships

Warwick Law School is offering up to 2 PhD scholarships for applicants looking to start their studies in September 2019. Applicants may apply to study any Law discipline, but it is expected that the research proposal will be in line with the interests of an academic member of staff.

The closing date is 28 February 2019.

The scholarship will pay an annual stipend as well as tuition fees for 3 years. It is open to UK, EU and international applicants.

See further information here


Call for Papers: Human Rights and International Legal Discourse

Human Rights & International Legal Discourse is a peer-reviewed law journal that focuses on the interplay between human rights law and international law. It is designed to encourage the critical study of the increasing influence of human rights law on international legal discourse.
In addition to traditional public international law, the journal aims to focus on the interaction of human rights law with specific domains of international law, including international development law, international environmental law, international criminal law, international labour law, and international trade law. The journal places special emphasis on promoting a North-South dialogue.
Please submit manuscripts to ssmis [at] vub (dot) ac (dot) be (with e-mail subject line beginning with HRILD).
Deadline for submission is 15 February 2019.

LDRN member publications: November 2018

The following chapters, articles and/or other short contributions were recently published by LDRN members: 


Karin Arts, ‘Children’s Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals’, in: Kilkelly U., Liefaard T. (eds) International Human Rights of Children. International Human Rights. Springer, Singapore, 2018 (pp. 1–25), online first 11 April 2018.   

Bolutife Adefehinti and Karin Arts, ‘Challenging the odds of vulnerability and resilience in lone migration: coping strategies of Zimbabwean unaccompanied minors in South Africa’, Children’s Geographies, published online first 22 October 2018.

Danny Bradlow, ‘A Human Rights Based Approach to International Financial Regulatory Standards‘, SouthViews, No. 171, 5 October 2018

Danny Bradlow, ‘South Africa is set on fixing its economy. But will poor people benefit?‘, The Conversation, 11 November 2018.

Deborah Casalin, ‘The Guiding Principles in international human rights courts‘, Forced Migration Review, issue 59 (Twenty Years of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement), published online October 2018 (Arabic, French & Spanish versions published November 2018).

Bashar H. Malkawi, ‘The Need for Regional Liberalization: The Issue of Damascus Agreement of 2004‘, in: Harmonising Regulatory and Antitrust Regimes for International Air Transport, Routledge, 2018 (pp. 202-212). Online on November 27, 2018. 


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

Preference goes to publications released in the past month over earlier ones.

New books written or edited by LDRN members will be announced individually. The relevant information can be sent in at any time.

Call for expressions of interest: book project on Africa and the law of the sea

The South African Research Chair in the Law of the Sea & Development in Africa (hosted at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa) is calling for expressions of interest from prospective (co-)authors of chapters in a five-volume publication on Africa and the law of the sea.

Please contact the managing editor, Prof Patrick Vrancken, at patrick.vrancken [at] mandela (dot) ac (dot) za

Apply for Fernandes Fellowships at Warwick University, UK

The Fernandes Fellowships aim to develop lasting research collaborations between Warwick University and Europe.

The Fellowships will allow those in research, tenure-track or early academic positions at European institutions to undertake one or more visits to Warwick (up to a total of three months) to undertake a specific program of research and scholarship with their host and other collaborators, and engage with the wider Warwick research community.

The programme will run until December 2021. In total, 25 Fellowships are available over the three years.  Applications are welcome at any time.

The Fernandes Fellowships are open to researchers working in all subject areas. However, applicants working in the following research fields are particulary welcomed:

  • Human disease, particularly reproductive health, antimicrobial resistance, cancer and ageing

  • Data, artificial intelligence and associated ethics

  • Economics, management, behavioural science and governance

  • Energy, sustainability, and circular economy

  • Analytical technologies for healthcare, life science and the environment

See more information on applying

New book: Mobilising International Law for ‘Global Justice’ | Launch at ISS, The Hague, 30 November 2018

New book:  Mobilising International Law for ‘Global Justice’ (edited by Jeff Handmaker and Karin Arts), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019 (online, e-book publication October 2018).

Book launch: 30 November 2018, 16.15 – 17.45, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague

On 30 November 2018, there will be a book launch of Mobilising International Law for ‘Global Justice’. The book is edited by Jeff Handmaker and Karin Arts of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam (founding members of LDRN), and also contains contributions by Martti Koskenniemi Sarah Nouwen, Warner ten Kate, Claudia Saba, Maja Groff, Abiola Makinwa, Mark Kersten, Aisling O’Sullivan, Jasper Krommendijk and Barbara Oomen.

Published by Cambridge University Press, this book provides new insights into the dynamics between politics and international law and the roles played by state and civic actors in pursuing human rights, development, security and justice through mobilizing international law at local and international levels. Here you can download the Table of Contents and an Excerpt.

Professor Martti Koskenniemi, who has authored a key contribution in the book, will give a brief talk at the launch. Several of the other contributing authors will also participate.

The launch will be followed by a reception and drinks at the ISS.

See here for further details and to register for the launch for catering purposes

Vacancy: Research Professor, Sustainable Development & Environmental Justice – University of Antwerp Faculty of Law / Institute for Development Policy (Deadline: 13 January 2019)

The University of Antwerp Faculty of Law and the Institute for Development Policy (IOB) are seeking to fill a full-time vacancy for  a research professor in the area of sustainable development and environmental justice (temporary appointment in tenure track).

The application deadline is 13 January 2019.

The assignment consists of lecturing duties, scientific research and academic service to society. During a period limited to five years, scientific research will be the main activity. The successful candidate will assist in promoting and developing research at the Faculty of Law and the Institute of Development Policy (IOB) in the research lines and research topics proposed by the research groups.

  • In the Law & Development research group at the Faculty of Law, this will be in the area of law and sustainable development, with a particular focus on international environmental law and environmental justice.
  • At the IOB, this will be in the research line Environment & Sustainable Development, on the analysis of the configuration of actors, processes and policies involved in tackling environmental crises and climate change at the interacting global, national and local levels.

Please see the full vacancy announcement for further details.

Online diploma / certificate course in Law and Development

The Law and Development Institute ( is presenting an online course leading to a diploma or certificate in Law and Development.

It is designed for government officials, professionals, lawyers, consultants, and students interested in learning about the role of law, legal frameworks and institutions in economic development.

The course is  offered in collaboration with the Global Forum on Law, Justice, and Development (GFLJD), facilitated by the World Bank, and the Master’s in Development Program, Emory University.

See the course information for further details.