Reminder: LDRN 4th Annual Conference – “The Plurality of Law & Development” | 15 February deadline for proposals

The call for papers is out for the 4th annual conference of the Law & Development Research Network: “The Plurality of Law and Development”,  to be hosted by Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, on 25 – 27 September 2019.

See our earlier announcement for more information

Proposals and expressions of interest (as well as applications for travel grants) are welcomed until 15 February 2019

For further details and proposal formats, please visit the conference website


Call for applications (PhD / post-docs / research manager): RIVERS project | University of Deusto, Spain

In the framework of the project RIVERS – Water/human rights beyond the human? Indigenous water ontologies, plurilegal encounters and interlegal translation, the Human Rights Institute of the University of Deusto has opened a call for applications for one (1) PhD researcher, two (2) postdoctoral researchers and one (1) research manager.

Deadline: 30 January 2019

RIVERS follows two interrelated research streams: I) indigenous visions/practices: beyond water as a natural resource and a human right; and II) the UN human rights system: towards counter-hegemonic water knowledge and norm production. It offers the following positions:

  • PhD researcher “Water ontologies and interlegal translation – Colombian research context”
  • Post-doctoral researcher “Water ontologies and interlegal translation- Nepal research context”
  • Post-doctoral researcher “Interlegal translation – Colombia context & UN indigenous knowledge brokers”
  • Project manager (50%) – researcher “UN water knowledge/norms production” (50%)

See here for further information 

Sociolegal Studies Early Career Writing Workshop | 21 – 23 March 2019 | University of Cape Town, South Africa

The Sociolegal Studies Early Career Writing Workshop will take place on 21 – 23 March 2019 at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. This intensive workshop is for a small group of early career scholars from any university in Africa to receive feedback on papers in progress and mentoring on writing/publishing processes. The Workshop will cover travel expenses and accommodation.

Deadline for applications (including draft paper and letter of reference): 14 January 2019.

See further details here.

Cardiff-Warwick PhD Workshop on Law and Development | 11 – 12 May 2018 | Warwick University, UK

The law schools at Warwick and Cardiff universities will hold a PhD workshop on the theme “Law and Development.”

The workshop is organised by doctoral students from the two schools and is the first in a series of annual gatherings. This year’s workshop will take place at Warwick University on 11-12 May 2018

Fifteen PhD candidates from both universities will participate in the workshop though the submission and presentation of 4,000 word articles, sharing their experiences of being PhD researchers. The workshop proceedings are expected to be published through an issue-specific newsletter or blog after the workshop.

Law and Development: Theory and Practice | Humboldt University, Berlin | 6 – 7 July 2018

The Law and Development Institute, Humboldt University Faculty of Law, and Walter de Gruyter will host the conference “Law and Development: Theory and Practice” at Humboldt University, Berlin, on July 6 and 7, 2018.

Seventeen leading scholars from North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America will present papers over two days on:

– The Current Status of Law and Development scholarship
– General Theory of Law and Development and Its Application
– Enhancement and Protection of Economic and Social Interests
– Development Governance and the Role of Development Agencies in the Development Process

The conference is open to the general public, but registration is required.

For further information, please see the conference schedule and registration page.

Call for abstracts: Reassessing Poverty and Inequality: Theories, Representations and Approaches | Global Research Priorities on International Development Postgraduate Conference | University of Warwick, UK | 15 June 2018

The Global Research Priority (GRP) in International Development at Warwick University is organising its second postgraduate conference themed broadly around Inequality and international development. The conference will take place on 15 June 2018.

All postgraduate students are invited to submit their abstracts for oral and poster presentations. The deadline is 15 April 2018.

 See the conference website for the call for papers, submission guidelines, registration and updates.

 A limited number of bursaries are available for postgraduate students travelling from other parts of UK and from abroad. Please contact Miss Nina Slokar Boc (n.slokar-boc[at] for details. The organizers also intend to live stream the conference.

About the GRP in International Development, Warwick University:

International development is one of the University of Warwick’s research priorities. The University is addressing global challenges through our world-class multi-disciplinary research. The GRP in International Development seeks answers to urgent problems of poverty, inequality and social and economic change through multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach. Scholars ranging from engineering to social science focus on themes such as gender, health, human rights and the role of the private sector, technological innovation and grassroots empowerment. It is through critical analysis that the GRP in International  Development extends the theoretical and empirical boundaries that shape our understanding of international development.

Photos available from LDRN 2017 Conference

See photos from the 2nd annual LDRN Conference, hosted by the Law and Development Research Group at the University of Antwerp Faculty of Law – including the Localizing Human Rights Roundtables, the methodology workshop and the launch of the Law and Development Research Network.

LDRN Conference 2017 Antwerp

(All photo credits: University of Antwerp/Lani Fourie)

See here for more on the upcoming 2018 LDRN conference in Leiden