During the past two decades, a substantial transformation of law and legal institutions in developing and transition countries has taken place. Whether prompted by the policy prescriptions of the so-called Washington consensus, the wave of democratization, the international human rights movement or the emergence of new social movements, no area of law has been left untouched. This massive transformation is attracting the attention of legal scholars, as well as scholars from other disciplines, such as politics, economics, sociology, anthropology and history. This diversity is valuable because it promotes cross-disciplinary dialogue and cooperation. It is also important because today the study of law cannot ignore the process of globalization, which is multifaceted and thus calls for inter-disciplinary skills and perspectives. Indeed, as globalization deepens, legal institutions at the national level are influenced and shaped by rules, practices and ideas drawn, imposed or borrowed from abroad.
Intellectual Property Law and Access to Medicines TRIPS Agreement, Health, and Pharmaceuticals
A Sociolegal Analysis of Formal Land Tenure Systems Learning from the Political, Legal and Institutional Struggles of Timor-Leste
Regional Autonomy, Cultural Diversity and Differentiated Territorial Government The Case of Tibet – Chinese and Comparative Perspectives
Hybridity: Law, Culture and Development
Violence Against Women in Legally Plural settings Experiences and Lessons from the Andes
Policing and the Politics of Order-Making
The Political Economy of Government Auditing Financial Governance and the Rule of Law in Latin America and Beyond
Law and Society in Latin America A New Map
By Srividhya Ragavan, Amaka Vanni
January 09, 2023
The history of patent harmonization is a story of dynamic actors, whose interactions with established structures shaped the patent regime. From the inception of the trade regime to include intellectual property (IP) rights to the present, this book documents the role of different sets of actors – ...
By Sam Adelman, Abdul Paliwala
April 29, 2022
The book examines the well-established field of ‘law and development’ and asks whether the concept of development and discourses on law and development have outlived their usefulness.The contributors ask whether instead of these amorphous and contested concepts we should focus upon social ...
By Bernardo Ribeiro de Almeida
March 25, 2022
This sociolegal study focuses on the political, legal and institutional problems and dilemmas of regulating land tenure. By studying the development of the Timorese formal land tenure system, this book engages in the larger debate about the role of state systems in addressing and aggravating social...
By Jennifer Lander
November 11, 2019
This book contributes new theoretical insight and in-depth empirical analysis about the relationship between transnational legality, state change and the globalisation of markets. The role of transnational economic law in influencing and reorganising national systems of governance evidences the ...
By Roberto Toniatti, Jens Woelk
August 23, 2018
Regional Autonomy, Cultural Diversity and Differentiated Territorial Government assesses the current state of the international theory and practice of autonomy in order to pursue the possibility of regional self-government in Tibet. Initiated by a workshop and roundtable with political ...
By Nicolas Lemay-Hébert, Rosa Freedman
July 24, 2018
This book explores recent developments in the concept of hybridity through a multi-disciplinary perspective, bringing ideas about legal plurality together with the fields of peace, development and cultural studies. Analysing the concepts of hybridity and hybridization, their history, their ...
By Anna Barrera
May 16, 2017
This book addresses a growing area of concern for scholars and development practitioners: discriminatory gender norms in legally plural settings. Focusing specifically on indigenous women, this book analyses how they, often in alliance with supporters and allies, have sought to improve their access...
By Peter Albrecht, Helene Maria Kyed
July 27, 2016
This anthology explores the political nature of making order through policing activities in densely populated spaces across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Based on ethnographic research, the chapters analyze this complex with respect to marginalized young men in Haiti, community policing members ...
By Carlos Santiso
May 31, 2016
The Political Economy of Government Auditing addresses the elusive quest for greater transparency and accountability in the management of public finances in emerging economies; and, more specifically, it examines the contribution of autonomous audit agencies (AAAs) to the fight against ...
By Cesar Garavito
May 11, 2016
Over the past two decades, legal thought and practice in Latin America have changed dramatically: new constitutions or constitutional reforms have consolidated democratic rule, fundamental innovations have been introduced in state institutions, social movements have turned to law to advance their ...
By Kirsten McConnachie
September 03, 2015
Refugee camps are imbued in the public imagination with assumptions of anarchy, danger and refugee passivity. Governing Refugees: Justice, Order and Legal Pluralism challenges such assumptions, arguing that refugee camps should be recognized as spaces where social capital can not only survive, but ...
By Lisa Denney
July 31, 2015
Justice and Security Reform: Development Agencies and Informal Institutions in Sierra Leone undertakes a deep contextual analysis of the reform of the country’s security and justice sectors since the end of the civil war in 2002. Arguing that the political and bureaucratic nature of development ...