New Law and Development Research Network

Date: 28 September 2017

Introduction: Nine leading institutions in the field of law and development launched the Law and Development Research Network (LDRN).

Law and Development Research Network

Nine leaders in law and development research formally signed the founding charter of the Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) on Friday 22 September 2017, at the University of Antwerp. The nine institutions are the Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University (Finland); the Research Group on Law and Development, University of Antwerp (Belgium); the Universidad Austral, Escuela de Política, Gobierno y Relaciones Internacionales (Argentina); the Law & Society Institute at the Law School of Humboldt University Berlin (Germany); the Law and Global Justice group at Cardiff University (UK); the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society at Leiden University (the Netherlands); International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands) (the Netherlands); Tilburg University Law School (the Netherlands); and School of Law, University of Warwick (UK). More information can be found on the network’s new website at The next annual LDRN conference will be hosted at Leiden University, The Netherlands, on 19 – 21 September 2018.

Law and Development Research conference

The network’s launch took place at the end of four intensive law and development conference days hosted by the Law and Development Research Group, University of Antwerp’s Faculty of Law. The 2017 Law and Development Research Conference focused on perspectives from the Global South on the field of Law and Development. It was a first attempt to establish a North-South dialogue around three topics: sustainable development, the protection of vulnerable groups, and the need to use innovation and technology transfer for the benefit of vulnerable groups.  The objectives were: 1) to create synergies and assess undetected connections in research on marginalized communities; 2) to organize an exchange of expertise (South-North and South-South); and to 3) to establish a shared research agenda in the longer term. The 2017 conference built on the 2016 stocktaking and mapping conference, held in Ostend (Belgium).

The Law and Development Research Conference was held back-to-back with the Localizing Human Rights Roundtables. The Localizing Human Rights Roundtables examined local and global human rights actors' experiences within the global human rights machinery, with particular focus on the Human Rights Council. The results of case studies on localizing human rights in India and Congo were also be presented.