Call for Papers: Workshop on Law & Political Economy in Latin America (24 and 25 July 2023 – Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Below you will find a Call for Papers that Beatriz Kira (UCL) shared with me, you can also download the file here.


We are inviting participants for a workshop on Law & Political Economy in Latin America in Sao Paulo city on July 24-25, 2023. The workshop will be hosted by the University of Sao Paulo, Faculty of Law, and the Fundacao Getulio Vargas, School of Law. It is jointly organized by LPE scholars in the region and the Law & Society Association’s Collaborative Research Network (CRN) 55 on Law & Political Economy. The workshop is scheduled to follow the annual conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) in Rio de Janeiro, which takes place from July 20-22, 2023.

The aim of the workshop is to support the development of the Law and Political Economy (LPE) intellectual enterprise by fostering its theoretical and methodological debates in Latin America. LPE scholarship highlights and explores how sociolegal contexts, economic behavior, political environments and institutions are mutually constitutive. While LPE has been a rapidly growing research eld – encompassing work in the (sub)disciplines of law, sociolegal studies, gender studies, economic sociology, development studies, political economy, and heterodox economics, among others – emerging research and teaching around the subject has been largely centered on US academia (and, more recently, in Europe).

The workshop provides a space for collaboration and exchange of experiences between LPE scholars from Latin America and other regions, including Global North institutions, to expand the geographical and intellectual reach of LPE research and scholarship. Questions of relevance include: do the wide theoretical debates around LPE in the US make sense in the Latin American context? In what ways (for example, from an analytical and/or methodological perspective) can LPE scholarship contribute to the study of substantive areas that are part of the research agenda of Latin American scholars? What is the scope of LPE scholarship in Latin America? What is outside of scope? What are the methods and approaches to conduct LPE research in Latin America? What kind of policy and reform can LPE scholarship produce?

We anticipate that connections made through this workshop will lead to further regional activities and opportunities for collaboration in the future, to advance towards building a truly global network of scholars around Law and Political Economy.

Workshop structure:

The two-day workshop will consist of panels and roundtables structured around three main streams. The three main streams will focus on research themes which are of a global concern (e.g., economic development, democratic control over markets and the economy, financial regulation, anticorruption, climate change, antimonopoly, inequality, democracy and labor) and examine how they interact with LPE scholarship. The second stream will focus on methodological and epistemological questions around how to engage with LPE scholarship, including discussions on teaching and researching LPE. The third stream will focus on capacity building in relation to LPE scholarship, including how to involve Latin American students and provide mentoring to encourage participation in international LPE debates and events.

How to apply:

The deadline for application is 15 March 2023. To apply for the workshop, you should complete the online form available here: https://forms.gle/ac38cxexykQc1XPp7.

The form will require you to provide:

  •  A paper title and a very brief abstract (100-150 words) on a topic you would like to discuss during the substantive stream of the workshop. Paper topics should be of relevance to LPE in Latin America. We expect that the abstracts presented and debated will lead to scholarly publications following the workshop, increasing the number of publications by Global South scholars in this area
  • A short academic bio (100-150 words) mentioning your previous engagement with LPE scholarship (if any)
  • A short paragraph (100-150 words) reflecting on your approach to LPE scholarship: what does your current agenda bring to the LPE scholarship and why would you like to join this workshop on LPE in Latin America? Please note that the workshop’s principal working language is English and your answers to the form’s questions should also be in English.

Fees and travel costs:

There will be no registration fees. We are currently seeking to raise funding for need-based travel and accommodation, so we will ask you to indicate in your application whether you would be able to cover your own transport and accommodation expenses, or if you would like to be considered for travel grants in case we are able to provide any support.

Workshop organizers:

The event is jointly organized by the School of Law of Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV, Brazil), the Faculty of Law of the University of Sao Paulo (USP, Brazil), and the Law & Society Association’s Collaborative Research Network on Law and Political Economy (CRN 55). The initiative is supported by a consortium of institutions in Latin America, including the Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP, Brazil), Diego Portales University (UDP, Chile), University of Los Andes (Uniandes, Colombia), and Universidad del Rosario (UR, Colombia), and the convenors of the CRN 55 on Law & Political Economy, representing the UC Berkeley (United States), Copenhagen Business School (CBS, Denmark), and University College London (UCL, United Kingdom).

For any questions about this workshop, please contact Beatriz Kira (b.kira@ucl.ac.uk)

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