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.
The following opportunities may be of interest to researchers in the field of law and development:
Iowa Law Faculty fellowship | University of Iowa, USA (deadline: 5 March 2020)
Postdoctoral researcher – Development Processes, Actors and Policies | Institute of Development Policy, University of Antwerp, Belgium (deadline: 15 March 2020)
Associate professor – socio-legal studies | Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, UK (deadline: 2 April 2020)
Teaching fellow – Stanford Programme in International Legal Studies | Stanford School of Law, CA, USA (deadline: 15 April 2020)
Research associate – qualitative research on New York bail reform | Vera Institute of Justice, New York, USA / remote (rolling deadline)
Visiting clinical supervisor – immigration law clinic | Brooklyn Law School, NY, USA (rolling deadline)
Conferences and workshops
Law and Digital Society: Re-Imagining the Futures – Conference of the Research Committee for the Sociology of Law | Lund University, Sweden | 24 – 26 August 2020 (deadline: 15 March 2020)
Science for Sustainable Development – Conference of the ACV International Law Institute and the Cambridge University Brazilian Alumni | São Paulo, Brazil | 2 – 3 July 2020 (deadline: 30 March 2020)
The European Convention on Human Rights Turns 70 – Taking Stock, Thinking Forward | Ghent University, Belgium | 18 -20 November 2020 (deadline: 15 April 2020)
LDRN members are welcome to announce any opportunities (e.g. vacancies, scholarships, calls for papers) by contacting the Editor.
Opportunities are updated throughout the month, so do visit LawDev.org again, or subscribe to the LDRN newsletter to receive a monthly roundup.
The Law and Development Institute (LDI) and Bucerius Law School invite the submission of abstracts for their conference in Hamburg, Germany, on 6 November 2020 focusing on law and development in high-income countries. Submissions are sought on the following topics:
– Poverty and Inequality in High Income Countries and the Role of Law
– Legal and Institutional Frameworks for Growth and Stability in High Income Countries
– The Role of State and Development in Industrialized Countries
International Trade, WTO and Substitute Institutions.
The deadline for one-page paper abstracts is 31 January 2020.
For more information, see the full call for papers
Additionally, the programme has been announced for the 2019 LDI conference, “Law and Development: From the Islamic Perspective”, to be hosted at the University of Dubai, UAE, on 7 – 8 December 2019.
See the programme here
Two LDRN partner institutions, University of São Paulo Law Faculty & FGV Direito São Paulo, will be co-hosting the event “Law & Development: New Institutional Approaches from the Global South” on 5 – 6 August 2019.
The event will include a keynote lecture by Prof. Katharina Pistor (Columbia Law School), as well as roundtables on:
- Law, political economy and institutions;
- Democratic institutions in movement;
- Corruption and reform in the Global South;
- Financial regulation; and
- Socio-legal architecture of markets.
There will also be a book launch for “The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality” by Katharina Pistor.
See here for further information
Register on the event website
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
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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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).
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).
The University of Antwerp is delighted to announce that Dr Margot E. Salomon has been awarded a Belgian European Francqui Chair for the year 2018-2019.
As laureate of the Belgian European Francqui Chair the University of Antwerp, Faculty of Law, will host a lecture series by Dr Salomon on
“Neon Gods of the Human Rights Legal Project”
The series will kick off with an inaugural lecture on 21 February 2019 at 17h30:
‘On the Structure of Suffering: Political Economy, Human Rights and Silent Spaces’.
See here for more information on the lecture series and to register
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