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Global Rule of Law Exchange Call for Think Pieces & Practice Notes


The Global Rule of Law Exchange is a new programme of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in London supported by global law firm Jones Day.

The Exchange seeks to address key challenges posed by global development and its relationship to the rule of law. It will consider the challenges in respect of developing the rule of law in emerging economies, with regard to issues such as access to justice, corruption, legal certainty, government decision-making and the measurement of success in rule of law interventions. Other issues include - but are not limited to - growth, investment and the effects on national economies and local communities; the relationship between formal and informal legal systems; and the extent to which access to justice is or could be an instrument of empowerment and of more equal distribution of resources.


Among its work, the Exchange is keen to foster empirical and comparative knowledge on what works and what does not in rule of law interventions, encourage discussions on their impact, as well as to identify good practice, research gaps, and ways forward.

To this end, the Exchange will compile a list of short papers (such as think pieces, practice notes, policy documents, etc) of around 1,500 - 3,000 words presenting research, case-studies and evidence from the field. Our intention is to then facilitate the exchange of ideas and information between academics, practitioners, civil society, policy makers, the legal profession and others. Multidisciplinary analyses are encouraged, as are quantitative and qualitative studies.

Discussions & Dissemination

Conferences will be organised in London and in the United States in late 2015 and early 2016 to discuss the papers (date TBA).

The Exchange is keen to use these conferences as a platform to connect researchers with practitioners and policy-makers from culturally diverse and cross-disciplinary backgrounds.

Shortlisted papers will feature in an edited publication, but the Exchange is also exploring opportunities of publishing a collection of these articles in a peer-reviewed journal.

Who should submit?

Submissions are welcome from academic researchers and practitioners, including those working in NGOs, governments, legal institutions, international organisations, development agencies, or others engaging with issues relating to the rule of law.

Submissions from PhD students are welcome and conferences may include workshops for graduate students. Both new work and work recently published will be considered.


The submission deadline is 30 June 2015.

Further details

Contact for questions and clarifications Mat Tromme

Download our call for practice notes

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