Now available: Open access special issue | Journal of African Law | “The African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance at 10+”

The African Union (AU) adopted the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) in 2007 as a unique legal instrument aimed at improving the African governance landscape and addressing the daunting challenges posed by civil wars, coups d’état, gross human rights violations and election-related violence. Over the course of its 10+ years of existence, fascinating developments, challenges and questions have emerged, some of which were arguably not anticipated by its drafters.

In this special issue on the ACDEG, the Journal of African Law brings together a range of related expertise from practitioners and academics, most of whom have actively engaged in key AU institutions such as the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the African Union Commission. The special issue covers topics such as the development of the ACDEG, its justiciability and relationship to human rights, and its implications for popular uprisings and presidential term limits.

The special issue is available for free here.  

LDRN member publications: March – April 2019

The following items were recently published by LDRN members, and/or may be of interest:

Deborah Casalin, Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers in International Law: Prohibition and Elimination, in: Walter Leal Filho et al (eds), Decent Work and Economic Growth: Springer Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2019 (online-first)

Gamze Erdem Türkelli, Eradicating Child Labor: Ending Economic Exploitation of Children as an Objective of Sustainable Development, in: Walter Leal Filho et al (eds), Decent Work and Economic Growth: Springer Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2019 (online-first)

Carolien Jacobs, Joachim Ruhamya Mugenzi, Stanislas Lubala Kubiha & Innocent Assumani, Towards becoming a property owner in the city: From being displaced to becoming a citizen in urban DR Congo, Land Use Policy, Vol. 85, June 2019 (online April 2019), pp. 350-356 (free access until 5 June)

Yong-Shik Lee, Law and Development: Theory and Practice, London: Routledge, 2019

Liliana Lizarazo-Rodriguez, Human Rights Compliance Assessment (HRCA), in: Walter Leal Filho et al (eds), Decent Work and Economic Growth: Springer Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2019 (online-first)

Liliana Lizarazo-Rodriguez, The UN ‘Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’: Methodological Challenges to Assessing the Third Pillar: Access to Effective Remedy, Nordic Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 36, Issue 4, 2018, pp. 353 – 370.

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LDRN members are welcome to announce their latest publications via this monthly list – please send references and links to the Editor by the final Monday of the month.

ISS launches edited volume on the pedagogy of crises

On 25 January, the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) – a founding LDRN partner – launched ‘The Pedagogy of Economic, Political and Social Crises‘, a volume edited by Prof. Bob Jessop and Dr. Karim Knio and published by Routledge.

Crises have been studied in many disciplines and from diverse perspectives for at least 150 years. Yet recent decades have seen a marked increase in the crisis literature, reflecting growing awareness of crisis phenomena from the 1970s onwards. The volume responds to this mainstream literature with a number of key innovations and important insights into the pedagogy of crisis.

A number of ISS researchers contributed to this volume, including LDRN executive committee member Jeff Handmaker with a chapter on ‘The Legitimacy Crisis Within International Criminal Justice and the Importance of Critical, Reflexive Learning’.

For more information on this book, see the publisher’s website

LDRN member publications: December 2018 / January 2019

The following chapters, articles and/or other contributions were recently published by LDRN members: 

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Christoph Antons, ‘Copyright Law in Indonesia: From a Hybrid to an Endogenous System?’, in: John Gilchrist and Brian Fitzgerald (eds.), Copyright, Property and the Social Contract: The Reconceptualisation of Copyright, Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2018 (pp. 73-88)

Kinnari Bhatt,Chagos: A Chance for the ICJ to do more for advancing human rights through the rule of law?QIL, Zoom-out 55 (2018) 85-92 (part of a series of articles ahead of the ICJ Advisory Opinion on the Chagos Archipelago)

Danny Bradlow,World Bank president: list of reforms African states should be demanding‘, The Conversation, 21 January 2019    

Jeff Handmaker, ‘The Legitimacy Crisis Within International Criminal Justice and the Importance of Critical, Reflexive Learning‘, in: Bob Jessop & Karim Knio (eds), The Pedagogy of Economic, Political and Social Crises: Dynamics, Construals and Lessons, Routledge: London, 2018 (pp. 189–206)

Carolien Jacobs, ‘Seeking justice, experiencing the state: criminal justice and real legal uncertainty in the Democratic Republic of Congo‘, The Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, published online 14 January 2019

Bashar H. Malkawi, ‘Corporate Governance in Jordan: Role of the External Auditor‘, in: Dima Jamali, Virginia Bodolica & Yulia Lapina (eds), Corporate Governance in Arab Countries: Specifics and Outlooks, Virtus Interpress: Sumy, 2018 (pp. 179-203)

Edna Odhiambo, ‘Regulatory preparedness for non-motorised transport in Nairobi‘, in: Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Alexander Paterson, Oliver C. Ruppel, Bibobra Bello Orubebe, Emmanuel D. Kam Yogo (eds.), Law | Environment | Africa, Nomos: Baden-Baden, 2019 (pp. 201 – 220).

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LDRN members are welcome to announce their latest publications via this monthly list – please send references and links to the Editor by the final Monday of the month.

Preference goes to publications released in the past month over earlier ones.

LDRN member publications: November 2018

The following chapters, articles and/or other short contributions were recently published by LDRN members: 

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Karin Arts, ‘Children’s Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals’, in: Kilkelly U., Liefaard T. (eds) International Human Rights of Children. International Human Rights. Springer, Singapore, 2018 (pp. 1–25), online first 11 April 2018.   

Bolutife Adefehinti and Karin Arts, ‘Challenging the odds of vulnerability and resilience in lone migration: coping strategies of Zimbabwean unaccompanied minors in South Africa’, Children’s Geographies, published online first 22 October 2018.

Danny Bradlow, ‘A Human Rights Based Approach to International Financial Regulatory Standards‘, SouthViews, No. 171, 5 October 2018

Danny Bradlow, ‘South Africa is set on fixing its economy. But will poor people benefit?‘, The Conversation, 11 November 2018.

Deborah Casalin, ‘The Guiding Principles in international human rights courts‘, Forced Migration Review, issue 59 (Twenty Years of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement), published online October 2018 (Arabic, French & Spanish versions published November 2018).

Bashar H. Malkawi, ‘The Need for Regional Liberalization: The Issue of Damascus Agreement of 2004‘, in: Harmonising Regulatory and Antitrust Regimes for International Air Transport, Routledge, 2018 (pp. 202-212). Online on November 27, 2018. 

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LDRN members are welcome to announce their latest publications via this monthly list – please send references to the Editor by the final Monday of the month.

Preference goes to publications released in the past month over earlier ones.

New books written or edited by LDRN members will be announced individually. The relevant information can be sent in at any time.

Call for expressions of interest: book project on Africa and the law of the sea

The South African Research Chair in the Law of the Sea & Development in Africa (hosted at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa) is calling for expressions of interest from prospective (co-)authors of chapters in a five-volume publication on Africa and the law of the sea.

Please contact the managing editor, Prof Patrick Vrancken, at patrick.vrancken [at] mandela (dot) ac (dot) za

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

New book series: Elgar Studies in Law, Development and Global Justice

John Harrington (Cardiff University), Celine Tan (University of Warwick) and Wouter Vandenhole (University of Antwerp) – founding members of the Law and Development Research Network – are co-editing a new book series on Law, Development and Global Justice in collaboration with Edward Elgar Publishing. 

The series seeks contributions animated by a concern with global, social and gender justice, broadly understood, and welcomes both theoretically and empirically informed approaches to these issues.

The series particularly welcomes contributions focused on and originating from the global south.

Proposals are sought across the wide range of substantive legal areas, such as international trade and investment law, intellectual property law, international development law, environmental law, human rights, gender and the law, constitutional law, health law, housing and land law, and strategic and public interest litigation. It also seeks innovative work on the pedagogy and methodologies of law and development.

Get further information or submit a proposal

Beyond Development

A collection of papers from the international symposium held at the University of Warwick in April 2016 will be published by Routledge in two volumes edited by Sam Adelman and Abdul Paliwala in 2018 entitled Beyond Development: New Imaginaries in Social Justice.

 

Celine Tan and Julio Faundez (eds) Natural Resources and Sustainable Development: International Economic Law Perspectives (Edward Elgar, 2017)

 

 

Koen De Feyter Globalization and Common Responsibilities of States (Routledge, 2017)