Call for Papers: 2016 Law and Development Conference
“Law and Development: From the Global South Perspectives”
Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 21/22, 2016
Jointly organized by
The Law and Development Institute and
Rationale and purpose of the conference
For the past five decades, studies, movements, and projects in law and development have been organized primarily from the perspectives of the Global North. As a result, they have been neither successful in developing adequate understanding of the impact of law, legal frameworks, and institutions (LFIs) on development nor effective in facilitating development in impoverished countries. A shift in the paradigm, from the perspectives of the Global North to those of the Global South, will be necessary to revitalize law and development field and increase its effectiveness.
The Law and Development Institute (LDI, www.lawanddevelopment.net), currently affiliated with Emory University School of Law, and University Austral, a leading Argentine university, co-host 2016 Law and Development Conference. The conference encourages the participation of scholars and experts from the Global South, as well as from the Global North, and explores the following sup-topics from the perspective of the former.
Development and International Trade
Development and Environment
Development and Corruption
The Rule of Law
We welcome contributions from scholars and practitioners in all relevant fields, including law, economics, development studies, international studies, and human rights studies, which would address, broadly, any of the aforementioned topics.
Papers will be selected by blinded peer-review. We ask all interested speakers to submit one-page paper abstracts by December 1, 2015.
Abstract Submission: December 1, 2015
Notification of Acceptance: January 1, 2016
Final Selection of Speakers: January 15, 2016
Full Paper Submission: June 15, 2016
Selected papers will be published in “Law and Development Review” Special Issue in 2017.
All speakers and participants are expected to make their own arrangements for the travel and accommodation during the conference.
Press release from Emory University, July 5, 2015
"Emory Law is pleased to announce the creation of a new LLM specialization in law and development to address the increasing global demand for lawyers who understand development issues, particularly economic development.
To meet this demand, Emory Law is offering–in collaboration with the Law and Development Institute–a new LLM specialization in law and development. The new LLM specialization will be ideal for a wide range of professionals and students who wish to understand the important relationship between economic development and law, legal frameworks, and institutions. Among others, these include public officials serving in areas connected with economic development, private sector professionals (including international development consultants and those working for development-related NGO’s), and students who wish to develop expertise in this increasingly important area. The new program will also be an ideal initial step for those who wish to pursue an SJD degree in the field of law and development.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in activities of the Law and Development Institute, an international network of scholars and professionals promoting the study and practice of law and development, including international conferences, development projects, and academic publications.
The resources within arm’s reach of Emory Law make it ideally situated to offer this new specialization in law and development. On the Emory University campus alone, the academic programs and initiatives of the Laney Graduate School’s Master’s in Development Practice (MDP), the Global Health Institute, the Institute for Developing Nations, and other university departments offer an incredibly rich environment for study and practice. Beyond the campus, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the Carter Center, CARE International, and other world-renowned development institutes and programs that call Atlanta home create further opportunities for students’ educational and professional development.
Prospective students interested in the law and development specialization should apply through the Emory Law LLM application process, indicating their interest in the law and development specialization. All applicants will be considered for merit scholarships, based on the strength of their overall application, including their academic qualifications, professional experience, and language proficiency.
If admitted to the LLM program, students pursuing the law and development specialization must–in addition to all other degree requirements–complete the foundational course Law and Economic Development: Theory and Practice (3 credits). In addition, they must take at least one of the following courses: Development Economics (3 credits) International Trade Law and Policy (3 credits) Law and Development: Social and Political Perspectives (3 credits), and Political Economy of Development Practice (3 credits).
Students will also have the opportunity to prepare a substantial research paper on a law and development topic of their choice."
The Law and Development Institute and Institute for Poverty Alleviation and International Development hold a seminar in Seoul on the issues of microtrade, one of the major poverty alleviation initiatives promoted by LDI (for detailed information on microtrade, see LDI wesite at http://www.lawanddevelopment.net/microtrade.php)
Venue: Yonsei-Samsung Academic Information Center, Yonsei University
Date: July 7, 2015
1:30 - 1:45: Registration
1:45 - 2:00: Welcome Speeches by IPAID Director, Prof. Chang Soo Kim and LDI Director, Prof. Y.S. Lee
2:00 – 2:40: Microtrade: a Solution for Extreme Poverty in LDCs, Prof. Y.S. Lee (LDI)
2:40 - 3:20: Microtrade and Government Procurement, Prof. Dae-In Kim (Ewha Womans University School of Law)
3:20 - 4:00: Legal Issues of Microtrade, Prof. Jae Min Lee (Seoul National University School of Law)
4:00 - 4:15: Coffee break
4:15 - 5:15: Discussion (Discussants - Prof. Sung Su Kim, Yonsei University School of Law, Prof. Jung Sik Yoo, Yonsei University, Economics, Prof. Chang Soo Kim, Yonsei University, Business Administration, Dr. Kwangkug Kim, LDI)
The Law and Development Institute (LDI, www.lawanddevelopment.net) and Tulane University Law School’s Payson Center for International Development announce the launching of 2015 Law and Development Program (LDP). The Program will begin in May 2015 at Tulane University located in the City of New Orleans, USA, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world with rich cultural heritage.
The LDP offers a short-term professional training course in law and development for officials from both developing and developed countries, international organizations, and NGOs, as well as for other professionals and students interested in the role of law, legal frameworks and institutions (LFIs) for economic development.
Specifically, the LDP provides instruction on how LFIs affect economic development in key areas such as property rights, business transactions, and industrial promotion. The LDP will also provide guidance for pro-development legislation in the cited key areas, using the latest analytical model in the field, the Analytical Law and Development Model (ADM).
Currently no other program offers instructions on the role of LFIs on economic development in specific key areas. The Program will give invaluable practical value for participating professionals. The Program will be also offer an excellent overview of law and development for those who wish to learn this area.
Day 1: Introduction: Importance of LFIs for economic development
Day 2: Property Rights and Economic Development
Day 3: Legal Framework for Business Transactions and Economic Development
Day 4: Law and Industrial Promotion
Two-hour lectures will be delivered by Professor Y.S. Lee, Director of the Law and Development Institute, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (May 26), 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (May 27 and 28), and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (May 29).
Tuition and Registration
The tuition fee is US$ 2,200 (regular) and $1,100 (participants from developing countries and students) payable upon registration. The tuition includes class materials but does not include room and board, and participants will be responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodation for the duration of the Program. Upon registration, the organizers will provide participants with information on accommodation options.
Participants who require a visa to enter into the United States are encouraged to begin the application process early. All visa inquiries should be made to U.S. Consulate in the participant’s area. The organizers can provide registered participants with a letter confirming their registration to attend the Program but cannot sponsor the visa in any other way. For those who prefer not to travel, we can also deliver lectures on skype.
To register and make a tuition payment, please go to the registration website at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/law-and-development-program-registration-14926245803. The deadline for registration is May 18, 2015. However, seats are limited, and participants are encouraged to register early. No refund can be made after May 18. We also accept donations to enroll participants from developing countries in the LDP. For questions, direct your inquiries to the Law and Development Institute, by email at email@example.com
The Law and Development Institute and Tulane University Law School’s Payson Center for International Development are pleased to announce that the 2015 Law and Development Conference, entitled “New Directions for Law and Development Studies”, will be jointly hosted at Tulane University, New Orleans, USA, on April 17, 2015.
Twenty-one distinguished speakers from North and South Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia, will present papers on the current status of law and development studies, the necessity for new directions, including new analytical frameworks and institutional approaches, and the renewed interest in “developmental states”. Issues of child labor, controversies of property rights, and the need for global financial stability are also discussed.
The conference schedule and venue are as follows.
Date: April 17, 2015
Venue: Qatar Room (2nd floor), Lavin-Bernick Center (LBC), Tulane University
The Conference has been approved for Louisiana non-specialization CLE credit for 7.0 hours, and prior online registration is required for both general attendance and attendance for CLE credit. To register, please go to the registration website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-law-and-development-conference-registration-14904171779 and complete registration. The deadline for registration is April 3, 2015, but the available seats may be filled well before the deadline. Early registration is recommended.
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Registration
9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.: Opening Statement by Prof. Y.S. Lee, Director, The Law and Development Institute
9:10 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.: Welcome Statement by Prof. Colin Crawford, Executive Director, Payson Center for International Development
9:20 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Welcome Statement by Dean David Meyer, Tulane University School of Law
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Keynote speech by Prof. Frank Upham, New York University School of Law
“The Paradoxical Role of Property Rights in Development”
Chair: Prof. Frank Upham, New York University School of Law
Prof. Y.S. Lee, The Law and Development Institute
“Scholars out of Self-Estrangement after a Forty-Year Quest: Call for a New Analytical Model for Law and Development”
Prof. Diogo R. Coutinho, University of Sao Paulo, Faculty of Law
“Law and Democratic Development: an Institutional Approach”
Dr. Ding Chen, Newcastle University, Prof. Simon Deakin, University of Cambridge, and Prof. Mathias Siems, Durham University
“Different Legal Institutions for Different Economic Settings, Evidence from Interviews in China”
Prof. David Hiez & Dr. Séverine Menétrey, University of Luxembourg
“Towards the Elaboration of a More Pluralistic Legal Landscape for Developing Countries in West Africa: which Role for Law and Development”
Ms. Sara Ghebremusse, Osgoode Hall Law School (PhD Candidate)
“Conceptualizing the Developmental State in Resource Rich Sub-Saharan Africa”
Prof. William Hubbard, University of Chicago Law School
“Reflections on the New Analytical Model”
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch Break
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Panel Presentations: “New Directions for Law and Development Studies and Curriculum”
Chair: Prof. Y.S. Lee, Law and Development Institute
Professor Colin Crawford, Tulane University Payson Center for International Development
“Thoughts on an Integrated Law & Development Curriculum”
Dr. Ada Ordor, Centre for Comparative Law in Africa, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town
“Tracking the Law and Development Continuum through Multiple Development”
Prof. Joel Samuels & Prof. Aparna Polavarapu, University of South Carolina School of Law
“An Interdisciplinary Approach to Rule of Law Studies as a Model for Law & Development Studies”
Prof. Stéphanie de Moerloose, University Austral
“The World Bank's Sustainable Development Approach and the Need for a Unified Field of Law and Development Studies in Argentina”
Dr. Maya Berinzon, Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance
“Raising the Bar: The Role of Bar Associations and Societies in Promoting Development”
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Coffee break
3:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: Panel Presentations: “Child Labor, Financial Stability, and Policy Space for Development”
Chair: Prof. Colin Crawford, Tulane University Payson Center
Dr. William Bertrand, Tulane University, Founder of the Payson Center
“Trade, Development, and Child Labor”
Prof. Adam Feibelman, Tulane University School of Law
“Law, Development, and Global Stability”
Ms. Ada Bogliolo Piancastelli Siqueira & Ms. Julia Cadaval Martins, Georgetown University (doctoral candidates)
“The Policy Space of Development Strategies: An Analysis of Industrial Policy and Regulatory Coherence between Brazil and the U.S.”
Dr. Olivia K Lwabukuna, Africa Institute of South Africa
“Legal Governance and Socio-Economic Development in Ghana: Managing Revenues from Extractive Industries”
Dr. Chilenye Nwapi, Canadian Institute of Resources Law, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary
“Defining the ‘Local’ in Local Content Requirements in the Oil and Gas and Mining Sectors for Sustainable National and Subnational Economic Development in Developing Countries”
5:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Closing Remark by Prof. Y.S. Lee, The Law and Development Institute
2015 Law and Development Conference: New Directions for Law and Development Studies
New Orleans, USA, April 17, 2015
Jointly organized by
The Law and Development Institute and
Payson Center and School of Law, Tulane University
Rationale and purpose of the conference
It has been four decades since the seminal work in law and development by Professors David Trubek and Marc Galanter, “Scholars in Self-Estrangement: Some Reflections on the Crisis in Law and Development Studies in the United States”, was published. The authors were not hopeful about the future of law and development studies then, and today law and development remains under-developed as an academic field. Many of the gaps between the realities on the ground and the early 70s academic discourse, as well as the resulting moral dilemma, as described by Trubek and Galanter as “self-estrangement”, appear to remain. There is a call for a new approach and a new analytical framework to bridge the gaps and to establish the field more firmly as an academic discipline.
The purpose of the conference is to explore ways to narrow the gaps and to revitalize law and development studies by examining the following questions.
1) the development of law and development studies: what has been achieved and what remains to be explored.
2) the necessity for new directions and approaches, recognizing the role of law for economic development and the importance of rule of law in the economic development process;
3) the necessity to develop solid methodology and consistent analytical framework.
4) the need to improve the capacity of law and development studies in developing countries;
5) lessons from the successful development cases in East Asia
We welcome contributions from scholars and practitioners in all relevant fields, including law, economics, development studies, international studies, and human rights studies, which would address, broadly, any of the aforementioned questions.
Papers will be selected by blinded peer-review. We ask all interested speakers to submit one-page paper abstracts by November 15, 2014.
Abstract Submission: November 15, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: December 1, 2014
Full Paper Submission: March 1, 2015
Selected papers will be published in 2015 “Law and Development Review” Special Issue by December 2015.
All speakers and participants are expected to make their own arrangements for the travel and accommodation during the conference.
2014 Law and Development Conference, Manchester: “Law, Institution, and Development”
The Law and Development Institute (LDI, www.lawanddevelopment.net) holds its fifth annual law and development conference on the 16th of May, 2014, at Manchester Conference Centre (http://www.manchesterconferencecentre.co.uk).
The conference will address the current issues in law and development studies, including rule of law initiatives, institutional “bypass” as a means for institutional reform, law and finance in emerging market, law and development dimension for entrepreneurship, and rising issues with the legal origins theory, international taxation, and law and civil stability in today’s corporate society.
The conference will be comprised of two panels featuring presentations by senior and rising scholars from Europe, North America, and Asia, including Prof. Y.S. Lee (The Law and Development Institute), Prof. Mariana Prado (University of Toronto), Prof. Soo Hee Lee (University of Kent), Dr. Helen Chen (Newcastle University), Mr. Alessandro Romano (Erasmus University), Mr. Ajay Kumar (University of Manchester), and Ms. Lucy Johnson (Public Interest Advocate). Panel discussions and Q&A sessions will follow the panel presentations. Audience will be invited to participate in Q&A sessions.
Attendance is free, but the seating is limited, so we ask all attendants to confirm attendance by sending a confirmation email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, latest by the 11th of May. We also accept email inquires (email@example.com).
Conference Schedule & Presentations
Date: 16th of May, 2014
Venue: Manchester Conference Centre, Conference Room 7 (for location:http://www.manchesterconferencecentre.co.uk/contact/location)
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Registration
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Opening remark by Prof Y.S. Lee, Director of the Law and Development Institute & Keynote presentation
“Rule of Law and Development”
Rule of law” has been cited as an important component for successful economic and social development. Rule of law is also advocated as an objective, not just as a means for development. This presentation analyzes the necessary conditions under which rule of law initiatives may make contributions to development, with references to the law and development movements in the past. The necessity and feasibility of a new analytical framework for law and development is also examined.
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Panel Presentation: Law, Institution, and Development
“Institutional Bypasses in Brazil: Overcoming Ex-Ante Resistance to Institutional Reforms”
Prof. Mariana Prado, University of Toronto
After decades of heated debate and much controversy, recently development scholars have been converging towards a possible consensual explanation to the question of poverty: institutions. While there are many obstacles to reforming dysfunctional institutions, one of the central challenges is resistance to reforms. In a previous paper, I have explored whether one particular type of institutional reform may help policymakers deal with resistance. I call this type of reform an “institutional bypass”. Instead of trying to fix dysfunctional institutions, an institutional bypass simply creates a parallel institution that performs exactly the same function of the original institution and competes with it. The purpose of this presentation is to investigate the conditions under which an institutional bypass is likely to help reformers overcome initial resistance to reforms. It will be focused on ex-ante resistance, i.e. resistance that may block a reform from being adopted. The analysis of ex-ante resistance is based on three case studies from Brazil: a bureaucratic reform in the state of Sao Paulo in the 1990s (Poupatempo); a police reform in Rio de Janeiro in the 2000s (Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora, UPPs); and the ongoing use of private security forces by citizens in general.
"Entrepreneurship, Law and Development: Lessons from Weber and Bendix”
Prof. Soo Hee Lee, University of Kent, School of Business Administration
Law and development literature portrays the impact of legal institutions on economic growth, tackling at the same time social issues, such as economic inequality. The works of Max Weber on Protestant Ethic and Sociology of Law imply that norms and legal authority shape an idiosyncratic economic context in each country. Reinhard Bendix, by comparing US and Russia, develops an argument that different socio-political trajectories influence the legal environment which determines the direction of entrepreneurial and business endeavours. During the second half of the previous century, the progressive reduction or elimination of trade tariffs paved the way to neoliberalism which opened new opportunities for firms to operate abroad in an interconnected and interdependent way. While the sovereign state or religion were the sources of authority which dominated legal rationality in the past, the decline of neoliberalism today urges us to revisit the ideas of Weber and Bendix in order to understand how legal rationality emerges in the context of developing countries. As law and development movement triggers legal reforms from developed to developing countries, institutional void in developing countries often balks developmental efforts. We will examine the case of China briefly in order to scrutinize how the legal environment influences the direction of entrepreneurship.
“Law and Finance in Emerging Market”
Dr. Helen Chen, Newcastle University
The presentation is based on the ESRC project by Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge. Using data of 25 countries on SPI (shareholder protection index) from 1995-2005, the presentation introduces time-series element into the analysis of law and financial development. The finding shows that there is formal but not functional convergence of company law systems and that transplanted laws do not always bed down well but there is a legal origin effect. That is, transplants work better within legal families and shareholder protection can be ‘too much of a good thing’ in the developed common law world. However, legally-driven shareholder protection may well have positive effects on financial development in the developing world, and empirical evidence supports the ‘sequencing’ hypothesis.
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Panel Discussion, Q&A
3:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. Intersession Break
3:50 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Panel Presentation: Rising Issues in Law and Development
“Piecemeal Legal Origin”
Mr. Alessandro Romano, Erasmus University
The legal origin movement is implicitly functionalist, while it explicitly prioritizes economic dimensions of development. From this perspective, the empirical findings seem to uncover the existence of a paradox. On the one hand, common law countries are apparently characterized by countless advantages, yet they do not grow faster than civil law countries. On the other hand, common law countries present a more unequal distribution of income, thus suggesting that also from a static perspective there is no a priori reason to prefer a common law system. To further investigate this paradox, we analyze if common law countries are at least characterized by a better kind (earned) of inequalities. However, as the economic distinction between inequalities of opportunities and inequalities of effort is too fragile, this proves to be an impossible task. By exploring the centuries old debate between holists and reductionists, we suggest that paradoxes of this kind are bound to emerge until the dichotomy between micro comparative law (typical of legal scholars) and macro comparative law (favored by champions of legal origins theory) is abandoned. In this vein, we develop a specific framework to bridge the two levels of enquiry and to offer a new perspective on the legal origin theory.
“Infusing Development into International Fiscal Law: SAARC a Test Case”
Mr. Ajay Kumar, University of Manchester
Development is presently not an objective of International Fiscal Law; yet, most of the other arms of International Economic Law are informed and do promote development. This presentation explores the issues that have to be considered and the obstacles that have to be overcome to make this a reality. The most critical aspect here is to create practice, and this to be generated by inverting the top-down approach. Hence, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is chosen to see whether a dominant regional economic power like India would be in a position to accede to the developmental needs of its regional treaty partners. These conclusions would add to the understanding for a normative acceptance of development globally.
“The Law and the Profits: Maintaining Civil Stability in the Era of Corporate Privilege”
Ms. Lucy Johnson, Public Interest Advocate
There is a strong correlation between unstable economies and unstable civil society. The global financial and sovereign debt crises and their aftermath is redefining relationship between the Citizen and the State. In both the developed and developing world, citizens are demanding greater accountability from their leaders and those who finance them, on one hand, and on the other, we see a greater rise of subtle forms of State Authoritarianism as civil instability and community tensions increase. This presentation explores how the international and internal legal frameworks for business and welfare provision act as triggers for civil instability, and how these legal frameworks could be adjusted to reduce the likelihood of civil unrest.
The Law and Development Institute holds the first seminar in Manchester. This seminar is funded from the Strategic Investment Research Fund (SIRF) granted by the University of Manchester Faculty of Humanities. Leading scholars from the University of Manchester and from Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) present papers on a range of issues relevant to law and development.
Venue: University Place Room 2.220, University of Manchester
Date: 24 April 2013
2:30 – 2:40: Welcome Speech by Director of the Law and Development Institute, Prof. Y.S. Lee
2:40 – 2:45: Welcome Speech by the Head of School, Professor Geraint Howells
2:45 – 3:45: Panel 1
Professor Geraint Howells (University of Manchester School of Law)
Consumer Law and Development
Professor Frank Stephens (University of Manchester School of Law)
Internationalization of Korean Law
Dr. Andrew Griffiths (University of Manchester School of Law)
Trade Marks, Brands and the Evolution of the Firm
Dr. Nahee Kang (University of Manchester IDPM)
Corporate Governance and Development
Professor Y.S. Lee (University of Manchester School of Law
Feasibility and Necessity of the Law and Development Model