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Date(s) - 11/06/2018 - 15/06/2018
12:00 am

Åbo Akademi University


Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) PhD Course, 11-15 June 2018, Åbo Akademi University, Institute for Human Rights, Åbo, Finland.


The position and empowerment of vulnerable individuals, as well as issues related to equality and non-discrimination are central to many branches of the law and development research field. Such research addresses, for example, questions on whether and in which ways different human rights, social services and legal remedies are made, or should be made, accessible to all on an equal basis. Issues related to accountability, rethinking of societal structures and distribution of resources often form a part of such scholarly debates.

About the course

The 2018 LDRN PhD Course invites doctoral candidates from different legal (and related) disciplines to discuss the role of law in addressing vulnerability, inequality and discrimination in the north and in the south. The course aims to provide the participants with insights on some of the methodological, ethical and theoretical considerations relevant for this research field. Based on interactive methods of teaching, the curriculum consists of lectures, a methods clinic, group work sessions and paper workshops.

The course will be taught by a group of experts, including

  • Koen de Feyter (Professor, International Law, University of Antwerp)
  • Viljam Engström (Post-Doctoral Researcher, Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University)
  • Mikaela Heikkilä (Post-Doctoral Researcher, Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University)
  • Carolien Jacobs (Assistant Professor, Van Vollenhoven Institute, University of Leiden)
  • Hisayo Katsui (Adjunct Professor, Disability Studies, Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki)
  • Atieno Mboya Samandari (Adjunct Professor, Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, Emory University School of Law)
  • Johanna Niemi (Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Turku)
  • Elina Pirjatanniemi (Professor of Constitutional and International Law, Director of the Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University)
  • Celine Tan (Associate Professor, School of Law, University of Warwick)
  • Salla Tuori (Associate Professor, Gender Studies, Åbo Akademi University)

The course is organised jointly by the Åbo Akademi Institute for Human Rights, the Academy of Finland Project “Vulnerability as Particularity – Towards Relativizing the Universality of Human Rights?” and the Law and Development Research Network.

See Draft Programme.

To apply

Please visit the course registration page to apply and for more information on the application process, logistics and course fees. Applications are due by 30 March 2018.