LDRN welcomes 25 new individual members

The Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) extends a warm welcome to 25 researchers who recently joined the network as individual members. Meet our members here!

Individual membership of LDRN aims to bring together a community of Law & Development researchers, both within and beyond the partner institutions, who identify with the LDRN Charter and wish to become more involved in the network (beyond receiving our news updates).

The LawDev.org website provides a platform for individual members to make their interests and work more visible through their profiles, as well as share their news and announce their publications (via the Editor). Individual members may also be the first to receive news about certain LDRN initiatives.

Interested in becoming an individual LDRN member? Apply here

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Registration deadline extended (15 April): LDRN PhD Seminar 2019 | International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands | 24 – 28 June 2019

The registration deadline for the LDRN PhD seminar has been extended to 15 April. This is an additional chance to sign up or to encourage candidates from your institution – only a few places are left!

This LDRN PhD seminar on “Legal Values and the Functions of Law: Symbioses and Synergies” will be hosted by the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 24 – 28 June 2019. 

For more information and to apply, please visit the course website at www.iss.nl/LDRNPhd2019


Vacancy: International IDEA | Senior Programme Officer – Constitution-Building | Tunis (deadline: 21 April 2019)

International IDEA is recruiting a Senior Programme Officer to manage a new project on proportionality in Tunisia, in relation to implementation of Article 49 of the Tunisian Constitution and the protection of fundamental rights.  This is a senior level national post. 

For more details, please see the full vacancy notice here.

The deadline is 21 April 2019

Registration is open! LDRN PhD School 2019 | “Legal Values and the Functions of Law: Symbioses and Synergies” | International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands | 24 – 28 June 2019

* The registration deadline is 30 March 2019.

** Please note that places are limited and priority will be given to students from LDRN partner institutions.

The Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) is pleased to announce the opening of registration for this year’s LDRN PhD School – “Legal Values and the Functions of Law: Symbioses and Synergies” – which will be hosted by the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 24 – 28 June 2019

What does law seek to accomplish, and how is society affected by it? And from a researcher standpoint, how do I identify synergies between my research subject and those of others? The LDRN PhD school will seek to answer these and other questions, drawing insights on some of the methodological, ethical and theoretical considerations relevant for these aspects of the law and development research field, both in the global North and global South.

Besides coaching and discussion sessions dedicated to participants’ PhD projects, the confirmed programme includes a range of methodological and substantive sessions with expert instructors  – including, from LDRN partner institutions: Prof. Karin Arts, Dr. Jeff Handmaker & Dr. Freek Schiphorst (ISS); Dr. Sanele Sibanda (University of the Witwatersrand); Dr. Celine Tan (Warwick University); Prof. Janine Ubink & Dr. Carolien Jacobs (Leiden University); & Prof. Koen De Feyter (University of Antwerp). A programme of social activities is also offered.

Further practical information and online registration is available here on the course website.

Read more about last year’s LDRN PhD school here

Urgent vacancy: International IDEA Project Officer – “Support to the Yemeni Peace Process – Constitutional Dialogues”

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is urgently seeking a consultant for the role of project officer in the project “Support to the Yemeni Peace Process – Constitutional Dialogues”.

Candidates should:

  •  Have a degree in law, political science, peace studies, public policy or related field (advanced degree is a major asset)
  • Have professional experience in constitution-building, peace-building or a similar field
  • Be fully fluent in oral/written English and oral Arabic (written Arabic is a major asset)

The position is based in Tunis and would start as soon as possible.

The deadline is 28 February 2019. As the vacancy is urgent, the advertisement may be withdrawn as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

See International IDEA’s website for the full advertisement and terms of reference.

LDRN Annual Conference 2019: confirmed keynotes, one week left to apply!

The Law and Development Research Network is pleased to announce the following confirmed keynote speakers for its 4th annual conference, “The Plurality of Law and Development”, to be hosted by Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, on 25 – 27 September 2019 :

Justice Madan Lokur (Former Judge at the Supreme Court of India), Prof. Katharina Pistor (Columbia Law School), Prof. David Trubek (University of Wisconsin Law School)

Only one week left to respond to the call for papers! Deadline: 15 February 2019 (decisions will be communicated in April)

See the conference website for more info on submitting your panel proposal (200 words), paper abstract (300 words), expression of interest (100 words) or travel stipend application (motivation letter + CV)




LDRN Publication Workshop for Early Career Researchers in Law & Development | University of Antwerp, Belgium | 25 – 26 March 2019

The LDRN Publication Workshop for Early Career Researchers in Law & Development will take place at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, on 25 – 26 March 2019. It is co-organised by the University of Antwerp Law and Development Research Group and Warwick University Law School, with the cooperation of Cardiff Law and Global Justice at Cardiff University.


Most researchers in law aim to transform their doctoral theses into monographs. Monographs are often viewed as important scholarly milestones for any researcher, especially early career researchers (ECRs) and monographs remain important set pieces of legal scholarship and scholarship in humanities and social sciences. There is also growing interest in publishing the theses contained in a dissertation in stand-alone scholarly articles. The conversion of a doctoral dissertation into a monograph or stand-alone journal articles requires significant shifts, substantively and stylistically, and there are several challenges to overcome in this transition. 

This workshop, the first under the auspices of the Law and Development Research Network (LDRN), is aimed at bringing together a small group of early career law and development scholars who are in this transition stage to work together alongside more experienced colleagues in the field to develop their ideas and writing further, whether in terms of crafting a conversion project or writing. The workshop will be a combination of peer learning, directed and self-directed writing activities and sharing of experiences aimed at ECRs within the law and development field (broadly defined).

We welcome scholars who are engaged in the completion of a PhD thesis and its conversion, or potential conversion, into a monograph or stand-alone articles. There is no fee for attending the workshop but participants will need to cover their travel and accommodation costs

For any queries or to confirm your interest in attending, please contact Dr. Gamze Erdem Türkelli (gamze.erdemturkelli [at] uantwerpen.be) or Assoc. Prof. Dr. Celine Tan (celine.tan [at] warwick.ac.uk).

 The Workshop is supported by an OJO 2018-2019 (Support for Young Researchers) grant from the Antwerp Doctoral School (University of Antwerp).

ISS launches edited volume on the pedagogy of crises

On 25 January, the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) – a founding LDRN partner – launched ‘The Pedagogy of Economic, Political and Social Crises‘, a volume edited by Prof. Bob Jessop and Dr. Karim Knio and published by Routledge.

Crises have been studied in many disciplines and from diverse perspectives for at least 150 years. Yet recent decades have seen a marked increase in the crisis literature, reflecting growing awareness of crisis phenomena from the 1970s onwards. The volume responds to this mainstream literature with a number of key innovations and important insights into the pedagogy of crisis.

A number of ISS researchers contributed to this volume, including LDRN executive committee member Jeff Handmaker with a chapter on ‘The Legitimacy Crisis Within International Criminal Justice and the Importance of Critical, Reflexive Learning’.

For more information on this book, see the publisher’s website

Van Vollenhoven Institute & international partners launch TRAFIG empirical displacement research project

On 1 January 2019, research partners from Europe, Africa and Asia launched a new EU-funded Horizon2020 research project, TRAFIG (Transnational Figurations of Displacement), which aims to contribute to finding solutions to protracted displacement.

TRAFIG introduces a novel perspective by focusing on refugee’s connectivity and mobility as a part of the solution rather than part of the problem of protracted displacement situations. It will entail comparative empirical research in refugee camps and cities in Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Founding LDRN partner The Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance & Society at Leiden University will play a key role in this project, with LDRN member Dr Carolien Jacobs leading the empirical research focusing on displacement in Africa.

For more information on this project, see the Leiden University website.


EDOLAD Summer School | North-West University, South Africa | 3 – 8 March 2018

The EDOLAD (European Joint Doctorate in Law and Development) consortium is organising its first summer school at North-West University (NWU), South Africa, in the week 3-8 March 2019.

The programme is a combination of skills training and keynotes, panels and roundtables on pressing issues in the field of Law and Development. The skills training focuses on fieldwork and communication, and there are writing workshops with senior scholars. The summer school is designed for doctoral researchers and early career academics, and aims to bring together scholars, activists and government actors.

There is no fee for the summer school but participants need to fund their own travel and accommodation. We have six scholarships of up to €1000 each for doctoral researchers registered at African higher education institutions. The deadline for scholarship applications is 31st January. For more information about the school, please contact the EDOLAD programme director, Prof. Morag Goodwin (m.e.a.goodwin [at] uvt.nl).