Upcoming academic opportunities & online events: June and later deadlines [UPDATED]

Calls for papers

The Future of Human Rights: 40th Anniversary Special Issue, Nordic Journal of Human Rights (abstract deadline: 25 June 2021)

Special Issue on Data, Law and Decolonization, Technology & Regulation journal (abstract deadline: 15 August 2021)

Vacancies / scholarships / fellowships

5 PhD scholarships – Human Rights and Global Politics: Legal, Philosophical and Economic Challenges, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy (deadline: 3 June 2021)

Assistant Professor in Anti-Black Racism and Resistance, Sociology Department, UC Santa Barbara, USA (deadline: 28 June 2021)

Mysun Foundation Clinical Fellow, Environmental Law Clinic, University of California – Irvine School of Law, USA (deadline: 21 July 2021)

PhD Scholarship ERC Grant CURIAE VIRIDES – Sustainable development law and access to justice, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (deadline: 28 July 2021)

Two Postdoctoral Scholars – Information and Security, University of Calgary, Canada (deadline: 30 July 2021)

Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor Position – Labor and Employment Law, Cornell University, USA (deadline: 1 September 2021)

UCI Global Scholars Early Career Fellowship, University of California, Irvine, USA (deadline: 1 October 2021)


Online events

The relevance of perspectives from the global South for human rights law research – closing seminar with Prof. Thomas Spijkerboer, International Francqui Professor Chair / University of Ghent, 1 June 2021

Cooperation or Externalisation: online debate on the impact of the EU migration policy on countries in Africa, University of Ghent / 11.11.11, 4 June 2021

Re-Imagining Agenda 2063: The Socio-Legal Foundation of the Africa We Want, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, Canada / Liu Network for Africa, 21 – 24 June 2021

Watch: highlights of the Encyclopedia of Law & Development festive launch

On 12 March 2021, the Law & Development Research Network (LDRN) and the University of Antwerp Law & Development Research Group held a festive online launch for the Encyclopedia of Law and Development, a collaborative creation of editors and authors from across and beyond LDRN.

Watch the highlights below or on the LDRN Youtube channel!

Upcoming academic opportunities & online events: March and later deadlines

Vacancies / fellowships

7 PhD / post-doc positions – Future-proofing human rights: developing thicker forms of accountability | UAntwerp / UGent / UHasselt / VUBrussels, Belgium (various deadlines: 14 March – 11 April 2021)

NIAS Individual Fellowships | Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (deadline: 15 March 2021)

15 PhD positions – Eradicating Poverty: Pathways towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals | European Joint Doctorate Consortium ADAPTED, various locations  (deadline: 31 March 2021)

Two DAAD doctoral scholarships – Integrative Research Institute Law & Society | Humboldt University Berlin (deadline: 30 April 2021)

Calls for papers

WIDER Development Conference: COVID-19 and development – effects and new realities for the Global South | United Nations University (online), 6 – 8 September 2021 (abstract deadline: 15 April 2021)

Workshop: The Potential of Public Interest Litigation in International Law | University of Exeter / University of Geneva (format tbc), 11 – 12 November 2021 (abstract deadline: 30 April 2021)

Online events

Greening human rights – the role of ecocentric courts | Curiae Virides – VUBrussels, Belgium (18 March 2021)

Empirical legal research sessions – reflexivity / survey research / indigenous epistemology / focus groups | Leiden Law School, The Netherlands (4 separate sessions: 25 March – 30 September 2021)


Join us for the festive launch of the Encyclopedia of Law & Development! | University of Antwerp (online), 12 March 2021


FRIDAY 12 MARCH, 3 – 4.30 PM CET (UTC+1)

Register here!

Encyclopedia of Law and Development

 Edited by Koen De Feyter, Gamze Erdem Türkelli and Stéphanie de Moerloose

Associate Editors : Philipp Dann, Celine Tan, Elina Pirjatanniemi, Avinash Govindjee

Published by Edward Elgar

Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78811 796 8 Extent: 336 pp

The Encyclopedia is a collaborative effort of LDRn, the Law and Development Research Network

Read the introductory chapter here

This Virtual Panel discussion celebrates the publication of the Encyclopedia of Law and Development.  Our panelists will reflect on the state and future of law and development research.  Short presentations will be followed by an exchange with the audience, moderated by Encyclopedia General Editor Gamze Erdem Türkelli.

Our panelists include:

Stéphanie de Moerloose, Austral University, Buenos Aires

Nadia Latif, Smith College, Northampton (US)

Ada Ordor, University of Cape Town

Daniel Mathew, National Law University New Delhi

Abdul Paliwala and Sam Adelman, University of Warwick

Philipp Dann, Humboldt University of Berlin

Please register here

A special launch discount is available from Edward Elgar Publishers

  • 30% for readers in OECD countries – discount code: DFEY30
  • 60% for readers in non-OECD countries – discount code: DFEY60
  • An e-book edition for individuals is also available from Google Play at an accessible price

This event is hosted by the University of Antwerp Law and Development Research Group, in conjunction with the Law & Development Research Network

Book launch: The Limits of Law and Development Neoliberalism, Governance and Social Justice | University of Warwick / LDRN (online) | 3 March 2021, 13h00 – 14h30 UTC




The book examines the well-established field of ‘law and development’ and asks whether the concept of development and discourses on law and development have outlived their usefulness.

The contributors ask whether instead of these amorphous and contested concepts we should focus upon social injustices such as patriarchy, impoverishment, human rights violations, the exploitation of indigenous peoples, and global heating? If we abandoned the idea of development, would we end up adopting another, equally problematic term to replace a concept which, for all its flaws, serves as a commonly understood shorthand? The contributors analyse the links between conventional academic approaches to law and development, neoliberal governance and activism through historical and contemporary case studies.

All the contributors to the book have studied, taught or had a close association with the University of Warwick Law School and most of them will be participating in the session. A number of contributors and discussants are also active in the Law & Development Research Network (LDRN).

Contributors: Sam Adelman, Upendra Baxi, Radha D’Souza, Julio Faundez, Tomaso Ferrando, Peter Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Lander, Abdul Paliwala, Sol Picciotto, Issa Shivji, William Twining

Chair: Christine Schwobel-Patel (Warwick Law School)

Discussants: Martha Gayoye (Warwick Law School) and Professor Koen de Feyter (University of Antwerp / Law and Development Research Network)

Please use this link to join

This event is in conjunction with the Law and Development Research Network

LDRN partner Cardiff Law & Global Justice to host 2021 Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference (30 March – 1 April 2021 | online)

On 30 March – 1 April 2021, LDRN partner Cardiff Law & Global Justice will host the 2021 conference of the Socio-Legal Studies Association, which will be presented as a virtual conference for the first time.

As well as 25 streams across the socio-legal field, highlights include plenaries on:

Please see the conference website for the call for papers and registration info, and follow conference tweets on @SLSA_UK & @LGlobalJustice

Upcoming academic opportunities & events: December and later deadlines


PhD Scholarship ERC Starting Grant ‘CURIAE VIRIDES’ in the area of sustainable development law | Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (deadline: 31 December 2020)

Postdoctoral researcher ERC Starting Grant ‘CURIAE VIRIDES’ in the area of sustainable development law | Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (deadline 4 January 2021)

University Lecturer in the Political Economy of Development | University of Cambridge, UK (deadline: 1 January 2021)

3 fixed term (temporary) lecturer posts in Development Studies | University of Cambridge, UK (deadline: 1 January 2021)

Online events

Seminário Propriedades no Contexto de Múltiplas Crises | Properties in Transformation Network, 24/26 November & 1/3 December 2020

Conflicting Responses to Refugees and Migrants in COVID-19 Europe | MAPS Network / Queen Mary University of London, 11 December 2020

Join the discussion! Law & Development Research Network (LDRN) webinar – Implications of the global pandemic for Law & Development research agendas – Wednesday 9 December, 13h00 – 14h30 UTC

The Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) and the Faculty of Law at Nelson Mandela University invite you to a webinar on:

Implications of the Covid-19 Pandemic for Law and Development Research Agendas

Date: 9 December 2020

Time: 13:00 to 14:30 UTC

The webinar will focus on four cross-cutting themes for Law and Development in the time of Covid, presented by the following speakers from our Network:

  • Global Health – Dr Rachel Hammonds, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Climate Change – Dr Stellina Jolly, South Asian University, India
  • Sovereign Debt – Dr Celine Tan, University of Warwick, UK
  • Poverty / Gender – Prof Mônica Sapucaia Machado, Instituto de Direito Público, Brazil

Moderator: Prof Joanna Botha, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

The event will begin with four short interventions by the thematic experts, followed by an interactive discussion and Q&A.

We look forward to engaging with you as a Network.

Register here or via the poster below!

LDRN Webinar Pandemic

*UPDATED* Upcoming academic opportunities: November and later deadlines

Calls for papers

Early Career Workshop: Critical Perspectives on Global Law and the Environment | University of Essex (online event), 22 – 23 April 2021 (abstract deadline: 1 December 2020)

Online events

EU-Africa cooperation and the New Pact on Migration and Asylum: ‘Cooperation or Externalisation?’ | University of Ghent/11.11.11 | 6 November 2020, 11h00 – 12h30 (CET)


PhD position – UN, human rights to water & indigenous peoples | ERC RIVERS Project – Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain (deadline: 7 November 2020)

Richard Taylor Law Teaching Fellowship | UCLA Law Williams Institute and Critical Race Studies Program, Los Angeles, USA (deadline: 16 November 2020)

*NEW* Research & Learning Manager | International Development Law Organization, The Hague, The Netherlands (deadline: 22 November 2020)

Lecturer in Global Security | University of Arizona Tempe, USA (deadline: 30 November 2020)

*NEW* University Lecturer in the Political Economy of Development | University of Cambridge, UK (deadline: 1 January 2021)

*NEW* 3 fixed term (temporary) lecturer posts in Development Studies | University of Cambridge, UK (deadline: 1 January 2021)

Nelson Mandela University Faculty of Law to host webinar on COVID-19 and the courts in South Africa (29 May 2020, 13h – 14h UTC+2))

As in many other countries, the justice system in South Africa is facing dramatic changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. On 29 May 2020 at 13h – 14h (UTC+2), LDRN partner Nelson Mandela University Faculty of Law will host a live webinar to unpack and debate these challenges, featuring insights from Glenn Goosen, High Court Judge and adjunct professor at the faculty. The session will be moderated by Prof. Joanna Botha, head of the Department of Public Law and LDRN steering committee member. 

To find out more and register, please visit the NMU Law Faculty website.