Reminder – Call for Papers: Security, Borders and International Development: Intersections, Convergence and Challenges | Warwick University, UK | 25 – 26 April 2019

On 25 – 26 April 2019, the Criminal Justice Centre and the Centre for Law, Regulation and Governance of the Global Economy at Warwick Law School will host a workshop on “Security, Borders and International Development: Intersections, Convergence and Challenges“.

Papers are welcomed from socio-legal scholars, policymakers and practitioners which address the linkages between the securitization of borders, humanitarianism and international development cooperation.

The deadline for paper proposals is 30 September 2018.

See further details and the full call for papers here.

Students tackle vulnerability & ‘methodological anxiety’ at first LDRn PhD School

During the week of 11 – 15 June 2018, fifteen PhD candidates from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America gathered for the first annual Law and Development Research Network (LDRn) PhD school, hosted by the Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University, Åbo, Finland.

Titled “Vulnerability and Resilience: Questions for the North and South“, the week’s programme focused on these cross-cutting themes in terms of both substance and methodology, and offered plenty of opportunity for lively exchanges with peers and experts, receiving individual feedback, and sharing questions and advice on the research and writing process.

See the full programme

All photo credits: Åbo Akademi University

The range of specialist sessions included an introduction to Law and Development research methodology by LDRn partners Prof. Koen De Feyter (University of Antwerp), Assoc. Prof. Celine Tan (Warwick University) and Asst. Prof. Carolien Jacobs (Leiden University), as well as paper feedback sessions and methods clinics with Prof. Elina Pirjatanniemi and colleagues from host LDRn partner Åbo Akademi University, joined by guest experts.

Don’t want to miss next year’s LDRn PhD School? Sign up for our newsletter!

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunity: University Centre of Brasília

The Law Faculty of the University Centre of Brasília opens a call for fellowship application under a post-doctoral scheme.

The selected candidate who will be attached to the Master’s/PhD Program will have the following obligations:

  1. Organize two seminars of at least nine hours each per semester.
  2. Participate in at least one of the Program’s research group.
  3. Co-supervise masters’ theses.
  4.     Help in the administration of the Brazilian Journal of International law or of the Brazilian Journal of Law and Public Policy.

Interested candidates must fulfil the following requirements:

  1. Be the holder of a doctoral (PhD) degree in law.
  2. Be fluent in Portuguese and/or English.

            The selected candidate will be granted a scholarship of 4,100 Brazilian reais (about 1,100 dollars net) per month. Payment shall be made in reais. The deadline for applications is 1st August 2018.

Contact: Prof. Nitish Monebhurrun, University Center of Brasília, nitish.monebhurrun[at]gmail[dot]com

Call for papers: Bilingual Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies – Law, Governance and Development: Critical and Heterodox Approaches

The myriad legal and policy instruments in the governance of development have shifted and evolved in significant ways in recent years, posing challenges to scholars, policy-makers and practitioners on how to effectively map, analyse and critique their nature and effects.

Contributions are being sought (in French and English) for a bilingual Special Issue to explore these questions from heterodox and critical perspectives. The aim of this Special Issue is to critically examine the role of law and the nature of legality in specific initiatives focused on ‘development’, and its implications for the evolving nature and governance of the relationship between states, markets, peoples, communities and the natural environment at levels and scales that transcend that of the nation state. We invite submissions on engagements between law, governance and development from a wide range of critical perspectives, including feminism, TWAIL and postcolonial scholarship, history and ethnography, critical geography, critical IR and political economy, Marxist and materialist perspectives, etc., and that focus on developments both within and between the Global North and South, and on particular scales and sites of governance.


Proposals of 500-750 words, as well as a short CV, should be sent to mark.toufayan[at]  and siobhan.airey[at] by July 20, 2018. For the full text of the call, see here.

Call for Papers: Journal of Law, Social Justice and Global Development

The Journal of Law, Social Justice and Global Development – based in the Global Research Priority in International Development, University of Warwick, UK – is an international, peer reviewed, multidisciplinary open source journal. The journal is supported by an international Advisory Board and has historically carried articles which cover a range of perspectives and approaches, with a particular focus on encouraging scholars from the Global South to submit papers for review. 

The journal welcomes commentaries, reports on contemporary developments or recent conferences, case summaries and analyses, and book reviews. The journal is committed to diversity in disciplinary, theoretical and regional-cultural backgrounds and especially welcomes contributions from scholars and practitioners (e.g. teachers or activists) based in the global South and transitional economies. An example of past themes and topics include: gender and globalisation, domestic violence, migration and refugee rights, role and funding of NGOs, legal discourse around displacement, reproductive health, politics and ethics of public health, reports on tribunals and World Bank meetings, human trafficking, child labour, education, neoliberal economic globalization and development and culture.

The journal is making a call for papers for its next general issue. Following on from the two special issues due to be published imminently, we are now in the position to accept abstracts on any topic within the journal’s remit. These are wide in ambit, and we encourage multi-disciplinary collaborative papers as well as single authored papers.

Abstracts of 250-500 words and a short bibliography to be submitted in the first instance, by 15 June 2018 to the journal’s Editors in Chief:

Dr Rajnaara Akhtar: rajnaara.akhtar[at]

Dr Jonathan Vickery: J.P.Vickery[at]

Full papers of between 5,000 – 8,000 words will be invited for submission (and peer-review) by 30 September 2018.


Centre for Law and Global Justice – Writing Workshops | Accra, Nairobi, Bangalore and Recife | October – December 2018

The Centre for Law and Global Justice at Cardiff University is running a series of writing workshops in collaboration with partners in the global south, UK socio-legal journals and the British Academy.

These are being run as mentoring, learning and advice sessions for scholars interested in developing and publishing socio-legal work. Workshops will be held in Accra, Nairobi, Bangalore and Recife.

The application deadline for all workshops is 30 June 2018.

More details here



Human Rights Inside and Outside | International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague | 31 May – 1 June 2018

The Integrating Normative and Functional Approaches to the Rule of Law and Human Rights (INFAR) Research program at Erasmus School of Law and the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam are hosting a conference on human rights at ISS.

Human rights are a core normative idea for law, but need to be instrumentalized/mobilized by various actors in order to function. The conference brings together an international mix of scholars to address related questions in a socio-legal context, and focuses on four thematic areas: the law and politics of citizenship, constitutional crises and contestation, rethinking corporate social responsibility, and realizing rights in extractive industries. A keynote address will be delivered by Professor Jonathan Klaaren of the University of the Witwatersrand on 1 June.

See the programme and register here.

Tilburg University PhD Workshop on Citizenship and Statelessness | 29 October – 1 November 2018 | Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Tilburg University offers a 4-day intensive workshop for early career researchers working on statelessness, citizenship, and related issues. The workshop includes in-depth discussions with leading experts in the field, peer learning through a 2-day conference, skills development, and network and community building activities. This includes research-oriented workshops, a publishing opportunity, and media and valorization training.

Register here by 4 June 2018.

More information about the workshop will also be shared on the Statelessness and Citizenship PhD Network on Facebook.

Any further questions can also  be sent to phdworkshopstatelessness[at]gmail[dot]com.


Cardiff-Warwick PhD Workshop on Law and Development | 11 – 12 May 2018 | Warwick University, UK

The law schools at Warwick and Cardiff universities will hold a PhD workshop on the theme “Law and Development.”

The workshop is organised by doctoral students from the two schools and is the first in a series of annual gatherings. This year’s workshop will take place at Warwick University on 11-12 May 2018

Fifteen PhD candidates from both universities will participate in the workshop though the submission and presentation of 4,000 word articles, sharing their experiences of being PhD researchers. The workshop proceedings are expected to be published through an issue-specific newsletter or blog after the workshop.

Online registration open: third annual conference of the Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) | “INTERFACES” | Leiden, The Netherlands, 19 – 21 September 2018

Online registration is now open for the third annual conference of the Law and Development Research Network (LDRN): “INTERFACES”, which will be hosted by the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, on 19 – 21 September 2018.

See more information and register here (early-bird rates apply until 31 May).