China, Law, and Development project: new PDRA posts available

As part of the H2020 China, Law and Development (CLD) project based at the University of Oxford, we are now advertising for three Post-Doctoral Research Associates (PDRAs).

CLD is an inter-disciplinary and multi-sited research project that aims to understand the nature of order that underlies China’s new globalism, an order that has multiple sources, one of which may be law. This project breaks new ground in analysing Chinese approaches to “law and development” in recipient or host states in the global South. “Law and development” pertains to the role of law and legal institutions in promoting economic growth and sustainability. Whereas the study of law and development has historically originated in the U.S. and Europe, as China is projected to be one of the world’s largest capital exporters in the near future, this project will examine the logics of Chinese approaches to creating environments for transactional security. Such approaches touch on a wide array of legal fields including trade and investment, corporate, environmental, labour, land, dispute resolution, tax, technology, and project finance to name a few. Reporting to Professor Matthew Erie, the PDRAs will join an international research team in developing empirical data on China’s impact on law and development in host states. Each PDRA will be responsible for conducting a case study that examines different emergent formations of China’s globalism, working in field sites in Southeast Asia (e.g. Cambodia or Thailand), Central Asia (e.g. Kazakhstan or Tajikistan), or Africa and the Middle East (e.g. Algeria or the United Arab Emirates).

The posts would suit either a) social scientists (with training in sociology, anthropology, developmental economics, political science, etc.) who focuses on law, or b) legal scholars who are trained in social scientific methods. These are full-time posts, fixed-term for 28 months starting on 1 September 2019, and including a 12 month period of fieldwork.

For more details and to apply via the University of Oxford website.

Closing date is 8 March 2019.