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Law and Development Review

Editor In Chief: Yong-Shik Lee

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  • Special attention to development aspects of international and domestic legal orders
  • Globally important subject
  • Top international reviewers

Law and Development Review (LDR) is a top peer-reviewed journal in the field of law and development which explores the impact of law, legal frameworks, and institutions (LFIs) on development. LDR is distinguished from other law and economics journals in that its primary focus is the development aspects of international and domestic legal orders.

The journal promotes global exchanges of views on law and development issues. LDR facilitates future global negotiations concerning the economic development of developing countries and sets out future directions for law and development studies. Many of the top scholars and practitioners in the field, including Professors David Trubek, Bhupinder Chimni, Michael Trebilcock, and Mitsuo Matsushita, have edited LDR issues and published articles in LDR.

The journal seeks top-quality articles on law and development issues broadly, from the developing world as well as from the developed world. The changing economic conditions in recent decades render the law and development approach applicable to economic issues in developed countries as well as developing ones, and LDR accepts manuscripts on law and economic development issues concerning both categories of countries. LDR’s editorial board includes top scholars and professionals with diverse regional and academic backgrounds.

The LDR is sponsored by the Law and Development Institute. For more information please visit the Institute's website.

The Editor of the LDR, Prof. Y.S. Lee, published a treatise on law and development entitled, “Law and Development: Theory and Practice”. Please follow the link for more information: https://www.routledge.com/Law-and-Development-Theory-and-Practice/Lee/p/book/9781138556690. For a paperback version of Professor Lee’s seminal book, “Reclaiming Development in the World Trading System”, see https://www.cambridge.org/US/academic/subjects/law/international-trade-law/reclaiming-development-world-trading-system-2nd-edition?format=PB


  • Law and development
  • Developing and developed countries
  • International and domestic legal orders
  • Economic and social development

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Please note
  • All submissions to the LDR should be in English and of the quality expected in a scholarly English-language journal
  • Footnotes should follow LDR Citation Guidelines
  • Our repository policy allows you to distribute 30 PDF copies of your published article to colleagues (the PDF has to include the information that it is an author's copy). Please also feel free to distribute the link to the online abstract
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Yong-Shik Lee, The Law and Development Institute, USA

Editorial Board Members
William Alford, Harvard Law School, USA
Douglas Arner, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, Hong Kong
Tomer Broude, Faculty of Law and Department of International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ha-Joon Chang, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge, U.K.
Won-Mok Choi, College of Law, Ewha Womans University, South Korea
Robert Cooter, University of California at Berkeley School of Law, USA
Diogo Coutinho, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Philipp Dann, Humboldt University Faculty of Law, Germany
Simon Deakin, University of Cambridge Faculty of Law, U.K.
Melaku Desta, University of Dundee, U.K.
Jan Erk, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Salim Farrar, University of Sydney Law School, Australia
James Gathii, Albany Law School, USA
Gary Horlick, former head of U.S. Department of Commerce Import Administration, USA
William Hubbard, University of Chicago Law School
David Kennedy, European Law Research Center, Harvard Law School, USA
Andrew Lang, School of Law, London School of Economics, U.K.
Chang Hee Lee, School of Law, Seoul National University, South Korea
Jai S. Mah, Graduate School of International Studies, Ewha Womans University, South Korea
Mitsuo Matsushita, University of Tokyo Faculty of Law, and former member of the WTO Appellate Body, Japan
Petros Mavroidis, Columbia Law School, University of Neuchatel, and CEPR, USA
Bryan Mercurio, Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Law, Hong Kong
Junji Nakagawa, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, Japan
Andreas Neef, University of Auckland, Development Studies, Australia
Colin Picker, University of New South Wales Faculty of Law, Australia
Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, International Development Group, USA
Dani Rodrik, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA
Susan Rose-Ackerman, Law School and Department of Political Science, Yale University, USA
Alvaro Santos, Georgetown University Law Center, USA
Alan O. Sykes, Stanford Law School, USA
Yasuhei Taniguchi, Kyoto University, and former member of the WTO Appellate Body, Japan
Veronica Taylor, Australian National University, Australia
Joel Trachtman, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, USA
Michael Trebilcock, University of Toronto Law School, Canada
Edwin Vermulst, Partner, Vermulst, Verhaeghe, and Graafsma and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of World Trade, Brussels
Jiangyu Wang, National University of Singapore Faculty of Law, Singapore
Klaus Ziegert, University of Sydney Law School, Australia




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