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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LDRN Publication Workshop for Early Career Researchers in Law & Development | University of Antwerp, Belgium | 25 – 26 March 2019

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] or Assoc. Prof. Dr. Celine Tan (celine.tan [at]

 The Workshop is supported by an OJO 2018-2019 (Support for Young Researchers) grant from the Antwerp Doctoral School (University of Antwerp).

EDOLAD Summer School | North-West University, South Africa | 3 – 8 March 2018

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]

Lecture Series of the Belgian Francqui Chair 2018-2019 | Dr Margot E. Salomon (LSE) – “Neon Gods of the Human Rights Legal Project” | 21 / 22 February & 9 May 2019 | University of Antwerp, Belgium

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’ | Launch at ISS, The Hague, 30 November 2018

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

Online diploma / certificate course in Law and Development

The Law and Development Institute ( is presenting an online course leading to a diploma or certificate in Law and Development.

It is designed for government officials, professionals, lawyers, consultants, and students interested in learning about the role of law, legal frameworks and institutions in economic development.

The course is  offered in collaboration with the Global Forum on Law, Justice, and Development (GFLJD), facilitated by the World Bank, and the Master’s in Development Program, Emory University.

See the course information for further details.

Call for papers: Law and Development from the Islamic perspective

The Law and Development Institute (  and the University of Dubai College of Law invite submission of abstracts for their conference “Law and Development: From the Islamic Perspective”, to be held in Dubai in December 2019.

The deadline is 1 February 2019.

Topics include:

 The Role of Law for Economic Development in the Islamic World (including Sharia and Development)
 Islamic Institutions and Development
 Cases of Successful Development in the Islamic World
 “Law” as a Bridge Between the Islamic and non-Islamic Worlds for Development
 Arbitration and Development
 Economic Crimes (including Financial Crimes) in the Context of Economic Development

See the call for papers for more detailed information.