Call For Papers 2017 Law and Development Conference: "Law and Development: From the African Perspective"



Event Date: 

09/7/17 to 09/8/17

Location name: 

Cape Town, South Africa


The Law and Development Institute and Centre for Comparative Law in Africa, University of Cape Town

RATIONALE AND PURPOSE OF THE CONFERENCE: Economic development in Africa has been one of the most important issues on the global agenda. A number of development and law reform projects have been undertaken, but many African countries are yet to achieve successful economic development. The conference examines the development paths that have been taken in Africa over the years, discusses the challenges and explores new approaches to law and development that may yield better development results for Africa.

TOPICS: The Law and Development Institute (LDI, and the Centre for Comparative Law in Africa (CCLA) at the University of Cape Town co-host the 2017 Law and Development Conference. The conference encourages the participation of scholars and experts from Africa, as well as other parts of the world, and explores the following sup-topics from the African perspective.
- Legal Pluralism and Effective Governance for Development in Africa
- Law and Industrial Promotion in Africa
- Law and Natural Resources Development in Africa
- Intellectual Property Rights and Development
- Law, Poverty Alleviation, and Sustainable Development

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 blind peer-review. We ask all interested speakers to submit one-page paper abstracts by January 1, 2017.

Abstract Submission: January 1, 2017 (for submissions after this date, please inquire by email at
Notification of Acceptance: February 1, 2017
Final Selection of Speakers: February 15, 2017
Full Paper Submission: July 1, 2017

PUBLICATIONS ENVISAGED: elected papers will be published in Law and Development Review Special Issue in 2018.

All speakers and participants are expected to make their own arrangements for 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 Dr Ada Ordor at