Law and Development, University of London

  • This site aims to contribute to the understanding of linkages between legal issues and social and economic progress, and strives to support an applicable concept of how law can aid economic development.
  • Global interactions increasingly rely on law to govern them. Today, numerous rules apply to the interactions between states and non-state parties. International courts and dispute settlement mechanisms have been set up to enforce compliance with commonly agreed norms … (about 1/2).

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About 2/2: … International Law, however, is complex and often lacks universal acceptance. Worse, its influence is disproportionally strong on the poorest countries and countries in crisis. 

It is in situations of poverty and conflict where it has the most impact – for better or worse. International legal structures can provide security, stability and access to economic support, but they can just as easily prevent timely and adequate assistance. Development and humanitarian actors must increasingly be aware of their potential as well as their pitfalls.

Good Governance is easily prescribed, but must become a mindset of all involved to make the system work. Less and least developed countries are often governed by constitutions that are complex and inaccessible for their citizens. Without acceptance by their subjects, they weaken and cease to safeguard the nation state against failure. Development assistance must provide more than just models and institutions to move these countries forward.

lawanddevelopment.org aims to contribute to the global law and development movement. It was created by a group of graduates of the University of London’s »School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) who share a strong interest in the concept. On lawanddevelopment.org we publish our original work; both academic writing from SOAS and papers from our professional lifes. External contributors may be invited to add similar content.

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