Upcoming academic opportunities: May & later deadlines

Calls for abstracts / papers / chapters / book proposals
Making the Multilateral Investment Court Beneficial for Sub-Saharan Africa, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, 24 – 25 November 2022 (abstract deadline: 27 May 2022) 

The Law and Political Economy of Business and Human Rights: A Turn to Root Causes?, Erasmus School of Law Rotterdam, The Netherlands (hybrid), 10 – 11 November 2022 (abstract deadline: 17 June 2022) 

Jurisprudence of the Future: Science Fiction and the Legal Imaginary, Alex Green, Mitchell Travis and Kieran Tranter (eds), Routledge TechNomos series (abstract deadline: 19 August 2022) 
Revista Internacional de Derechos Humanos (English), Universidad Austral (rolling deadline)
Routledge Law, Language & Communication series, Anne Wagner & Vijay Kumar Batia (eds) (rolling deadline)
Vacancies / fellowships / scholarships
Two post-doctoral fellowships – census questions on race and ethnicity, Institute for the Study of “Race” & Social Justice, Division for Equity and Inclusion, University of New Mexico, USA (deadline: 1 June 2022) 
Postdoctoral position – ENERGIZE: Re-Shaping International Investment Law for the Green Transition, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (deadline: 24 June 2022) 
2022-2023 Global South Visiting Scholar In-Residence Program, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (deadline: 30 June 2022) 
Online events
Winter School: Bayesian reasoning for process tracing, comparative case studies, and qualitative research, FGV EAESP Sao Paulo (online), 11 – 15 July 2022 (registration deadline: 30 June 2022)

Upcoming academic opportunities: February & later deadlines [UPDATED]

Vacancies / fellowships / scholarships

Doctoral scholarship – International economic law, sustainable development and human rights: accountability of development finance institutions, University of Antwerp Law & Development Research Group, Belgium (deadline: 14 February 2022) – EXTENDED: 7 MARCH!

Next Generation Law Doctoral Scholarships, Kent Law School, UK (deadline: 14 February 2022)

Early Career Fellow in International Law – Human Rights and Environment, University of Edinburgh, UK (deadline: 15 February 2022)

Researcher – Protracted Displacement in an Urban World, International Institute for Environment & Development, UK (deadline: 18 February 2022)

PhD scholarship – Digital Health & Human Rights, Warwick School of Law, UK (deadline: 7 March 2022)

United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme, United Nations Office of Legal Affairs – Codification Division, The Hague, Netherlands (deadline: 15 March 2022)

Doctoral scholarship in public international law – Screening for Sustainability: Implementing the European Green Deal through the EU Taxonomy Regulation, Lund University, Sweden (deadline: 16 March 2022)

Newton International Fellowships, The British Academy & Royal Society, UK (deadline: 16 March 2022)

PhD scholarships – sociodigital / social justice / environment / health / policy /migration, University of Bristol Faculty of Social Sciences & Law, UK (deadline: 28 March 2022)

Caroline von Humboldt Award 2022, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany (deadline: 30 April 2022)


Calls for papers

Call for book chapters: Multidisciplinary Futures of United Nations Peace Operations – Alexander Gilder, David Curran & Georgina Holmes (eds) (abstract deadline: 28 February 2022)

Call for papers: Health and Internal Displacement, Journal of Migration & Health (paper deadline: 28 February 2022)

Call for papers: Opening Access, Closing the Knowledge Gap? International Legal Scholarship Going Online, Völkerrechtsblog (abstract deadline: 1 March 2022)

Call for book chapters: Taxation, Human Rights and Sustainable Developments: Global South Perspectives – Eghosa Ekhator, Newman U. Richards & Chisa Onyejekwe (eds) (abstract deadline: 30 March 2022)

Call for papers: General Issue December 2022, Australian Feminist Law Journal (deadline: 6 May 2022)

Upcoming academic opportunities: January and later deadlines

Calls for papers

Call for Contributions: Framing Business and Human Rights?: A Deep Dive into a New Regulatory Proposal, Völkerrechtsblog (abstract deadline: 15 January 2022)

Special issue on international climate litigation, RECIEL – Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law (abstract deadline: 31 January 2022)

Vacancies / fellowships / scholarships

SeNSS PhD scholarship – socio-legal topics, University of Kent, UK (deadline: 2 January 2022)

Research Fellow – Global Sustainable Development, University of Warwick, UK (deadline: 9 January 2022)

Assistant Professor – Justice Studies: Green Criminology and Justice, Law and Policy, San Jose State University, USA (deadline: 10 January 2022)

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship – Intellectual Property, Innovation & Development, University of Cape Town, South Africa (deadline: 14 January 2022)

Postdoctoral researcher – Technology, Digital Transformation and Human Rights, Lund University, Sweden (deadline: 17 January 2022)

Postdoctoral, mid-career & senior fellowships – Legal Studies, The Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, University at Buffalo, USA (deadline: 2 February 2022)

*UPDATED* Upcoming academic opportunities: September and later deadlines

Calls for Papers

Law & Development Research Network (LDRn) Annual Conference – Beyond the Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities for Law and Development |  hosted online by Nelson Mandela University Faculty of Law, South Africa, 24 – 26 November 2021 (abstract deadline: 15 September 2021)

Sanctions and Africa: an International Law and Politics Conference | Coventry University, The Graduate Institute Geneva & University of Pretoria | Coventry University London Campus & online, 9-10 December 2021 (abstract deadline: 15 September 2021)

Call for book chapters: Imperial Debt: Colonial Theft, Postcolonial Repair, City University of New York (proposal deadline: 30 September 2021)

*NEW* Call for papers: Gendered Constitutionalism in the Global South, World Comparative Law / Verfassung und Recht in Übersee (abstract deadline: 30 October 2021)

*NEW* Call for submissions: Fundamental Rights in the Digital Age, Queen Mary Law Journal (submission deadline: 20 November 2021)

*NEW* Call for book chapters: Children’s Rights Under Siege: Dignity in the Era of Global Interdependence (abstract deadline: 15 December 2021)

Vacancies / fellowships / scholarships

Assistant Professor of Law – Business Law, University of Oregon, USA (deadline: 1 September 2021)

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

SUSTJUSTICE postgraduate programme on Sustainable Development and Global Justice | University of Antwerp Law Faculty – Law & Development Research Group (*NEW* scholarship deadline: 19 September 2021 / application deadline: 30 November 2021)

Research Assistant – Climate Change Laws of the World, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK (deadline: 6 September 2021)

Senior Researcher – Legal Tools Team, International Institute for Environment and Development, London / Edinburgh / sub-Saharan Africa (deadline: 12 September 2021)

Doctoral position – Global Health Law, Lund University Law Faculty, Sweden (deadline: 12 September 2021)

*NEW* Postdoctoral fellowship – Economic and Political Consequences of Sovereign Default, Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, Italy (deadline: 28 September 2021)

*NEW* Postdoc positions – Law & sustainability (SDG 16), University of Southern Denmark (deadline: 30  September 2021)

*NEW* Distinguished Multicultural Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Rhode Island, USA (deadline: 1 October 2021)

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

*NEW* International Climate Protection Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany (deadline: 1 February 2022)

(Assistant) Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine, USA (rolling – next review 30 June 2022)

(Assistant) Clinical Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine, USA (rolling – next review 30 June 2022)


*EXTENDED deadline*: SUSTJUSTICE postgraduate programme on Sustainable Development and Global Justice | University of Antwerp Law Faculty – Law & Development Research Group (NEW scholarship deadline: 19 September 2021 / application deadline: 30 November 2021)

*UPDATE* The scholarship deadline has been extended to 19 September!
The Law and Development Research Group at the University of Antwerp Law Faculty – an LDRN partner institution – is pleased to announce the call for applications for the sixth edition of its innovative postgraduate programme on “Sustainable Development and Global Justice” (SUSTJUSTICE) from 7th February to 29th April 2022.  
SUSTJUSTICE welcomes applications from lawyers, scholars, and practitioners of demonstrated intellectual and academic excellence from the Global South. Participants will join an intensive and comprehensive teaching programme rooted in the research lines of the Law and Development Research Group. SUSTJUSTICE is generously supported by the Belgian development cooperation (VLIR-UOS) which allows the programme to offer scholarships for 12 participants from the Global South.
Deadlines:  19th September 2021 (for scholarship applicants – extended!)
                     30th November 2021 (for self-funded applicants)
Please consult the SUSTJUSTICE call for applications for further information. You may also visit the SUSTJUSTICE website or write to sustjustice [at] uantwerpen (dot) be

PhD scholarship – socio-economic human rights and equality, University of Antwerp Law & Development Research Group, Belgium (deadline: 9 August 2021)

The Law and Development Research Group in the Faculty of Law at the University of Antwerp is looking for a full-time doctoral scholarship holder in the field of human rights law.

Deadline: 9 August 2021


  • You will work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis in the field of socio-economic human rights and equality. Human rights law may make a distinctive contribution to socio-economic distribution. Yet, it has thus far not shown as much interest in socio-economic inequality as in status inequality, and may also not be optimally equipped to tackle equality in socio-economic distribution. This project seeks to future-proof human rights law by making it more (pre-)distributive by design. In particular, it will focus on strengthening the equality principle in human rights law in order to address socio-economic inequality within countries.
  • You will publish scientific articles related to the research project.
  • You will carry out a limited number of teaching and research support tasks for the Law and Development Research Group and the Faculty of Law.

Find out more and apply here!

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

Upcoming academic opportunities & online events: May and later deadlines

Vacancies / fellowships

3 PhD positions – Legal connectivities and colonial cultures in Africa | Max Planck Institute for Legal History & Legal Theory, Frankfurt/Main, Germany (deadline: 1 May 2021)

2022/3 German Chancellor Fellowship – BRICS + US citizens | Alexander von Humboldt Foundation / chosen host institution in Germany (deadline: 15 October 2021)

Calls for papers

Revista Derecho del Estado No. 54 – El reconocimiento de la naturaleza como sujeto de derechos / Rights of nature | Universidad Externado de Colombia (deadline: 31 August 2021 – ES / EN / PT / FR)

Online events

Protecting the Amazon Region: Governance Gaps | Brussels School of Governance VUB | 4 May 2021

International Law and Distribution – Sustainable Development, Security, and the Governance of Resources | Glasginburgh 2021 Conference | 13 – 14 May 2021

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)


Application deadline extended for ISS-Wits joint PhD programme (new deadline: 1 March 2021)

LDRN partner institutions International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) are inviting applications for their joint PhD programme,  on a range of topics in international law, society and development.  Owing to the ongoing pandemic situation, the call for applications has been extended until 1 March 2021.

The successful candidate will receive a partial scholarship, in the form of:

Preference will be given to candidates from the global South.

Further information and application details are available here, on the Wits website