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Law and Development as a Field of Study: Connecting Law with Development

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This article introduces a series of papers prepared for the “2016 Law and Development Conference: From the Global South Perspectives,” held in Buenos Aires, Argentina and co-sponsored by Universidad Austral, the Law and Development Institute and the Inter-American Development Bank’s Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL). The introduction aims to show one of the major contributions from the law and development field of study: scholars reveal the frequent disconnection between law and development; then, by uncovering contextual factors and proposing innovative solutions, they reconnect law with development. This provides an important support for the adoption of national development policies and the implementation of international development projects. Over forty years after the seminal paper by Trubek and Galanter,[1] scholars are no longer in self-estrangement. The papers presented in the Special Issue illustrate this point.


For their support to the 2016 Law and Development Conference in Buenos Aires, which gave rise to this Special Issue, the author would like to thank: at Universidad Austral, Marcelo Meregalli Ferrer, Director of International Programs, Andrés Lafaurie Bornacelli and our great team of student volunteers; at the IADB INTAL, Gustavo Béliz, Director; Ramiro Conte Grand and Ana Inés Basco, Trade and Integration Specialists; and, of course, at the Law and Development Institute, Yong-Shik Lee, Director. The views expressed in this introduction, as well as any errors or omissions, should be attributed solely to the author.

Published Online: 2017-7-29
Published in Print: 2017-9-26

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