Law In Development Working Group

The IIPPE Law and Development Working Group (LDWG) aims to bring together researchers from both Marxist and critical Law and Development traditions interested in developing alternate frameworks from the standpoint of global justice to critique dominant approaches promoted by International Organisations.

Developments in the field of Law and Development since the 1990s pose new challenges for global justice. Linkages of trade and security issues with development, the innovation of new financial instruments in natural resources trading, corporate acquisition of land, water, minerals and other resources, the methods used to develop indicators to measure development, the increasing role of International Economic Organisations in dispute resolution in development conflicts, the increasing influence of public private partnerships, Multi-Donor Trust Funds to deliver development programmes and financialisation of ecosystems are transforming the landscape for global justice. The LDWG group aims to bring together Marxist and critical scholars to challenge these developments that transform the global macro-economic and institutional landscape for global social and environmental justice.

In so doing, the LDWG will give effect to the aims of IIPPE’s core guiding principles. The Group is particularly interested in bringing together a diverse range of researchers from different disciplines relevant to Law and Development including but not limited to the fields of Law and Economics, Law and Development, Trade and Development, International Economic Organisations, Human Rights and Development and related fields to develop a concerted critique of development models promoted by International Organisations that is theoretically grounded and methodologically sound. The LDWG provides a forum for (1) conversation, collaboration, and cooperation for mutual benefit and for the benefit of wider communities adversely affected by development models currently promoted by International Organisations and states; (2) to develop activities to advance understanding and appreciation of law in political economy; and (3) to extend the outreach of LDWG’s work to the wider research communities, development NGOs and global justice movements.

Current members

1. Dr. Radha D’Souza, Reader, School of Law, University of Westminster, London

  • Research interests: Law and Development, Resource Conflicts, International Organisations, social movements, colonialism and imperialism, socio-legal studies, Third World.
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2. Prof. Amanda Perry-Kessaris, School of Law, SOAS, London.

3. Asst. Prof. Celine Tan, School of Law, University of Warwick

4Dwijen Rangnekar is an Associate Professor at Warwick University’s School of Law. He previously held a Research Councils UK Academic Fellowship jointly at the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation and the School of Law at Warwick University. Trained as a political economist with a special interest on innovation/appropriation and technology, he has been working on the agriculture and pharmaceuticals. Much of his recent attention on these sectors is through the prism of intellectual property where he interrogates the globalisation of a particular architecture of law and how this relates to a different conceptions of justice and equity. He is currently working on a monograph on Geographical Indications, that is tentatively titeld, Re-making Place: The Social Construction of Geographical Indications.

E-mail: Website: Publications: 2011: (Re)Making place: The social construction of geographical indications. Environment and Planning – A. (theme issue, ‘New’ Borders of Consumption, eds. Rangnekar & Wilkinson), 43(9), pp. 2043-2059 Forthcoming: Geneva rhetoric, national reality: the ‘organised hypocrisy’ of implementing plant breeders’ rights in Kenya, New Political Economy (Under review) Guest Editor – Law, Environment and Development Journal: Special Issue on ‘Fairnes and Justice in the Nagoya Protocol (with John Kleba) Special issue based on papers from a workshop on ‘Nagoya Protocol’ (June 2011). 2011: Guest Editor – Environment and Planning A: Theme issue, New Borders of Consumption, 43(9) (with John Wilkinson) 2010: Guest editor, special issue of Journal of World Intellectual Property on Geographical Indications. 13(2), March

5.Dr Helen Yanacopulos’ research is situated in the fields of International Politics and International Development. She is motivated by the desire to understand and explain how political institutions and processes involve and affect people in both the North and the South. Her research interest focus on transnational networks of NGOs, social movements and civil society – specifically: the intersection of new media technology, civil society and political action; global justice focussed networks; transnational governance; conflict and peacebuilding; and, the construction and representation of International Development. She is also the series editor for the Zed Books series ‘Development Matters’.

6. Dr Aurora Voiculescu is Senior Lecturer in Socio-Legal Studies and Human Rights in the Department of Advanced Legal Studies of the School of Law, University of Westminster, as well as an Associate Research Fellow of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford. Previously, she held a British Academy Post-doctoral Fellowship in Law, at Lincoln College, Oxford University (1999-2003). Her research is placed in the area of human rights, in particular in connection to collective and corporate agency and responsibility. Her current work focuses on the interplay between the human rights discourse and the global market agencies such as the transnational corporations and the intergovernmental economic and financial institutions. Human rights and development is also another area of research interest. She is the author of Human Rights and Political Justice in Post-Communist Eastern Europe: Prosecuting History (Edwin Mellen Publisher, 2000) and co-editor of The New Corporate Accountability: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law, with Doreen McBarnet and Tom Campbell, (CUP 2007) and The Business of Human Rights: An Evolving Agenda for Corporate Responsibility, with Helen Yanacopulos, (Zed Books 2010).


To join this group please contact: Radha D’Souza