Law and Development Encyclopedia


The Law and Development Encyclopedia (Edward Elgar) presents an overview of key terms in the law and development field. Key terms in all relevant areas of the law and development literature will be discussed.  There will be entries covering the following areas:

  • The sustainable development goals;
  • Concepts of law and development;  
  • Actors;
  • Economic law;
  • Environmental law;
  • Governance and Human Rights.

Entries will consist of:

  • 2000 words of full text on the key term. Texts should not be purely descriptive, but take a critical perspective on the key term. Positions by authors on the issues discussed are welcomed.
  • 10 bibliographic references on the key term (a total of 300 words) as a guide to further reading.  The references should represent a variety of views on the key term discussed.

The book is a joint initiative of the Law and Development Research Network (LDRN)

The editors commit to ensuring a proper balance between authors from the North and the South.


  • Koen De Feyter, Chair of International Law, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Gamze Erdem Türkelli, Post-doctoral researcher, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Stéphanie De Moerloose, Professor of International Development Cooperation at University Austral, Argentina

Associate Editors

  • Philipp Dann, Professor for Public and Comparative Law, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany
  • Avinash Govindjee, Nelson Mandela University, Executive Dean Faculty of Law, South Africa
  • Elina Pirjatanniemi, Professor of Constitutional and International Law, Director of the Institute for Human Rights, Abo Akademi, Finland
  • Celine Tan, Associate Professor on International Economic Law, School of Law, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Editorial Assistant

  • Alberto Pecoraro, Doctoral Researcher, University of Antwerp