The second annual Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) PhD school – “Legal Values and the Functions of Law: Symbioses and Synergies” – was organized on behalf of the network by the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 24 – 28 June 2019.
The workshop addressed two guiding questions:
- What does law seek to accomplish, and how is society affected by it?
- From a researcher standpoint, how do I identify synergies between my research subject and those of others?
The 2019 LDRN PhD school involved 17 doctoral candidates from 12 different academic institutions, most of which are affiliated to the network as LDRN partner institutions. Participants hailed originally from a wide range of countries, including Brazil, Sweden, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lebanon, Bosnia, Cameroon, India, Germany, The Netherlands and Italy. Most participants were of a legal background and based at a law faculty, although most combined different legal (and related) fields and disciplines to discuss the role of law in relation to development questions both occurring in the global north and in the global south.
The course paid particular attention both to law’s embedded values as well as its functional character. It involved a diverse range of interactive pedagogical methods of teaching and learning, from interactive lectures and seminars, to individual methods clinics, group work sessions, a field visit, an expressive workshop involving movement and role-play, and several evening activities where participants continued to engage in debates and discussions.
Photo credit: Åbo Akademi University
The first annual LDRN PhD school took place in 2018 at the Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University, Åbo, Finland. See the report here.
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