LDRN Annual Conference: early bird & presenter registration open until 31 May!

Early bird registration is open until 31 May for the 4th Annual Conference of the Law & Development Research Network – don’t miss it! Register here

Please note that presenters are required to register by 31 May to confirm their place on the programme.

Early bird registration secures a preferential conference fee of EUR 150 for Ph.D. students / EUR 170 for professionals. For all attendees registering between 1 June & 31 August, the conference fee will be EUR 200.

Register here!

The 4th Annual Conference of the Law & Development Research Network,“The Plurality of Law and Development, will be hosted by Humboldt University Law Faculty (Chair for Public Law and Comparative Law) in Berlin, Germany, on 25 – 27 September 2019.

Confirmed keynote speakers: 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)

The call for papers has closed. 

Please visit the conference website for further details.

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Summer School on Development Aid and Migration | University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre, Nottingham, UK | 24 – 28 June 2019

The University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre will hold a Summer School on Development Aid and Migration from 24-28 June 2019. This expert-led programme is aimed at students, researchers and academics, human rights defenders, and practitioners working in government, NGOs and international organizations.

The programme provides participants with the intellectual skills and instruments to understand the complex nexus between development aid, migration policy and food security.

Topics addressed will include:

  • The use of development aid as a tool for migration control
  • The outsourcing of migration control to developing countries
  • The focus on security in the context of migration control
  • The parallels between food (in)security and food aid and migration control
  • The nexus between humanitarian and development interventions

Academics and practitioners will share knowledge and insights on the role played by state and non-state actors in the development context and the workings of international and regional law and policy at the interface between hunger and migration. The summer school faculty is led by Dr. Annamaria LaChimia and Dr. Daria Davitti of Nottingham University. The programme will feature, amongst others, sessions led by Dr. Ana Aliverti of the University of Warwick Law School (LDRN partner institution) and LDRN member Likim Ng (Australian National University).

Further details and a full programme are available on the summer school website

Deadline for registration & deposit payment: 9 June 2019

From researchers to authors: LDRN partners bring together early career researchers for a successful first workshop

The first Workshop for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) under the auspices of the Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) – “From Researcher to Author: Converting Your Thesis into Publications” – was successfully held on 25-26 March 2019 – Antwerp, Belgium with the participation of 18 ECRs from 11 different universities from 10 countries around the world.

The workshop was co-organized by Dr. Gamze Erdem Türkelli of the University of Antwerp Law and Development Research Group and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Celine Tan from  Warwick Law School in collaboration with Prof. Dr. John Harrington from Cardiff Law and Global Justice.  Prof. Dr. Wouter Vandenhole and Prof. Dr. Koen De Feyter of the University of Antwerp Law and Development Research Group also joined the workshop as mentors for ECRs.

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New research project: “Social Change for South Africa: A Law and Development Approach” | Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

LDRN member Prof. Joanna Botha, head of the Department of Public Law at the Nelson Mandela University Law Faculty (an LDRN partner institution), has received a NRF Thuthuka Grant for a three-year research project titled “Social Change for South Africa: a Law and Development Approach”.

The research project aims to augment knowledge and understanding of the role of law in promoting development, governance, equality, social cohesion and social justice in South Africa. It critiques and explores law’s capacity as a means to achieve social change in South Africa.

Two annual LLM bursaries are foreseen for research students working on connected topics. The bursaries for 2019 were awarded to Ms Priscilla Moyo (“The National Health Insurance Bill: A measure to realise the right to access health care services”) and Ms Chante Baatjes (“A comparative analysis of the sustainable development laws in South Africa and the United Kingdom”).

A call for two bursaries for 2020 will be released in the second half of this year, and will appear on LawDev.org. In terms of funding regulations, candidates should be South African citizens, though SADC citizens may be exceptionally eligible.

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LDRN member publications: March – April 2019

The following items were recently published by LDRN members, and/or may be of interest:

Deborah Casalin, Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers in International Law: Prohibition and Elimination, in: Walter Leal Filho et al (eds), Decent Work and Economic Growth: Springer Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2019 (online-first)

Gamze Erdem Türkelli, Eradicating Child Labor: Ending Economic Exploitation of Children as an Objective of Sustainable Development, in: Walter Leal Filho et al (eds), Decent Work and Economic Growth: Springer Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2019 (online-first)

Carolien Jacobs, Joachim Ruhamya Mugenzi, Stanislas Lubala Kubiha & Innocent Assumani, Towards becoming a property owner in the city: From being displaced to becoming a citizen in urban DR Congo, Land Use Policy, Vol. 85, June 2019 (online April 2019), pp. 350-356 (free access until 5 June)

Yong-Shik Lee, Law and Development: Theory and Practice, London: Routledge, 2019

Liliana Lizarazo-Rodriguez, Human Rights Compliance Assessment (HRCA), in: Walter Leal Filho et al (eds), Decent Work and Economic Growth: Springer Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2019 (online-first)

Liliana Lizarazo-Rodriguez, The UN ‘Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’: Methodological Challenges to Assessing the Third Pillar: Access to Effective Remedy, Nordic Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 36, Issue 4, 2018, pp. 353 – 370.


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

Call for external evaluators: Research programme on security and rule of law in fragile and conflict-affected settings | NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development | Deadline: 20 May 2019

NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development, part of The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), has launched a Terms of Reference for the final review of the research programme on Security and Rule of Law in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings (SRoL). This review will have a dual purpose of learning and accountability; the reviewers will assess the performance of the programme in terms of results, and identify recommendations to improve research programming and funding for development.

See the full terms of reference here

NWO-WOTRO invites interested parties to submit an application for this evaluation on 20 May 2019, 2 PM CEST at the latest.

Evaluators from low- and middle-income countries are encouraged to apply. The external evaluator will be selected in early June 2019, and the evaluation will start soon thereafter.

Vacancy: Two-year postdoctoral position | Department of Sociology, Uppsala University, Sweden | Deadline: 15 May 2019

The Department of Sociology at Uppsala University in Sweden is hiring a postdoc to begin September 2019. The two-year postdoctoral position is part of an international and interdisciplinary research project  JUSTEMOTIONS; The Construction of Objectivity: An international perspective on the emotive-cognitive process of judicial decision-making. The project is financed by the European Research Council (ERC).

The first year of the postdoctoral position will be spent collecting data in the US. Working with Professor Terry Maroney of Vanderbilt, the postdoc will collect data at state courts and prosecution offices of different levels (lower, appeal) and in different states.

Closing date: 15 May 2019

See full description and apply

Learn more about the research project JUSTEMOTIONS

Learn more about the Department of Sociology at Uppsala University

Vacancy: Postdoctoral researcher, Development Processes, Actors and Policies | Institute of Development Policy (IOB), University of Antwerp | Deadline: 12 May

The Institute of Development Policy (IOB) of the University of Antwerp is seeking to fill a full-time vacancy for a post-doctoral researcher in the area of “Development Processes, Actors and Policies”.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a doctorate degree (PhD) in Development Studies or related social science disciplines.
  • Your work is preferably interdisciplinary in nature and preferably engages with a mixture of methodological approaches.
  • You have an international academic CV and perform qualitatively outstanding academic research, enabling you to qualify for seeking external finance as post-doctoral researcher.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
  • Your publication track record demonstrates your potential to act as a catalyst for interdisciplinary and mixed-methods research, for instance, by means of (co-) authorship of articles or (co-)promotorship of projects in the domain.
  • You have an excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of French is a plus.

See the full vacancy notice for more information and to apply

Deadline: 12 May 2019

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