Do legal institutions set up the (global) rules of the game? And does law matter for making people’s lives better? This interdisciplinary research seminar (Q-Team) seeks to introduce students to the interconnections between legal orders and economic development through a focus on theories, contestations, and actors. Students will examine the various roles that law and legal institutions play in economic, social and political development, and thereby critically unpack the multifaceted concept of ‘development’.
The first part of the course will provide a theoretical foundation by reflecting on the different approaches taken during the Law and Development movement until today. The second part will include thematic sessions with case studies, each of which will relate to one overarching development theme, like ‘progress’, ‘poverty’ or ‘contestation’. In between the thematic sessions, selected guest speakers will share practical insights from their work in the field of development cooperation. These guest lectures will closely connect to phenomena and case studies discussed in class.
The teaching approach of this seminar encourages students to formulate and execute their own individual research project. This will include individual work and teamwork on selected readings and research questions as well as writing and presenting a short blog post for a Law and Development Blog, that will be launched as part of this seminar.