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.

Upcoming academic opportunities: March / April deadlines

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  again, or subscribe to the LDRN newsletter to receive a monthly roundup.

Call for Papers: Law and Development in High-Income Countries | LDI Conference | Bucerius Law School, Hamburg | 6 November 2020 (deadline for abstracts: 31 January 2020)

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

Law and Development: New Institutional Approaches from the Global South | University of São Paulo Law Faculty & FGV Direito São Paulo, 5 – 6 August 2019

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

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