Law and International Development - LW616

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) DR L Eslava Arcila


LW313/323 and LW588/614.


This module is only available to Law students.



The first half of the module will provide students with detailed knowledge and understanding of the idea of development, the international development project, the main international development institutions and the international context in which they developed, and the field of Law and Development. The second half of the module will examine contemporary topics in law and international development, including (but not limited to) human rights and development; decentralization and local development; sustainability and development; law and the informal sector; rule of law promotion.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

One 2 hour combined lecture/seminar per week.


Autumn term.

Method of assessment

100% coursework consisting of class participation worth 10%, presentation worth 40% and an essay worth 50%.

Indicative reading

Perry-Kessaris, Amanda (ed). 2010. Law in the Pursuit of Development: Principles into Practice? London: Routledge

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

critically understand the theoretical debates and academic controversies surrounding the relationship between law and the international development project;
critically understand the historical and ideological underpinnings of Western legal thought and international policy in the field of Law and Development;
identify and critically analyse the major doctrines, policies and norms directing current international institutions in their efforts to build rule of law, good governance, economic proficiency, environmental sustainability and related aspirations in developing countries;
place and critically assess issues of law and development in their proper political, economic, social and jurisdictional contexts.
demonstrate an awareness of the economic, political and/or social implications of various approaches to law and international development.

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