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
University Austral

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,, 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.

 Developmental State
 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 31, 2015.

Important Deadlines

Abstract Submission: December 31, 2015
Notification of Acceptance: January 15, 2016
Final Selection of Speakers: February 1, 2016
Full Paper Submission: June 30, 2016

Publications Envisaged

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.

Please submit your abstract and conference inquiries to Law and Development Institute (Professor Y.S. Lee) by email at with a cc to Prof. Stephanie de Moerloose at

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