Encounters of law, governance and development and the question of form

Siobhán Airey*, Mark Toufayan

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Laws and institutions are ubiquitous in and transformative of development in ways that do not frequently present as commonly understood ‘law’, or are not foregrounded as such in development interventions. This article highlights fresh thinking from critical scholars that disrupts prevailing approaches to law and legality in development, in legal and in international development studies scholarship alike. Through the concepts of the ‘form to law’ and ‘forming of law’ in development, and the metaphor of the kaleidoscope, it offers one approach to analysing encounters within and between laws and the governance of development as a critical and reflexive project of disciplinary hiatus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalCanadian Journal of Development Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2022
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding for a workshop hosted at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa in March 2018, where research included in this special issue was presented, was received from the Centre for International Governance Innovation (University of Waterloo). Research for this article was supported by the Irish Research Council Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) COFUND Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme entitled CAROLINE – ‘Collaborative Research Fellowships for a Responsive and Innovative Europe’ (2017–2021) and the Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme (2021–2022).

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