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 are discussed.  There are entries covering the following areas:

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

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


  • 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