Our staff member Dr Giedre Jokubauskaite is co-organising the workshop “Resistance to development projects in Latin America: Taking Stock of the Role of Law” with Dr Johanna Cortes Nieto of Universidad del Rosario on 9 August 2019 at Universidad del Rosario, Faculty of Jurisprudence in Bogotá.


The workshop will cover questions such as (but are not limited to):

– Recent case law that invokes constitutional rights to challenge extractive industries, infrastructure projects, agricultural development projects (e.g. in the context of the current transitional justice process), overall what has come to be termed as mega-development projects;

– Recent trends in applying administrative procedures relevant to development projects, e.g. consultation requirements or environmental impact assessment;

– Role of law in public-private partnerships;

– The role of international investment law in conditioning government policies and spending;

– A role (and usefulness) of national and international environmental law in contesting development planning;

– Recent trend in the governance of the relationship between projects and communities, e.g. governance by contracts;

– Public interest litigation as an attempt to challenge development projects;

– The relationship between negotiation and formalisation processes of development projects, and the efforts of peace-building at the local level.


The call for abstracts for this workshop is now closed.


However, if you’d like to attend without presenting your research, please drop us an email at johanna.cortes@urosario.edu.co & Giedre.jokubauskaite@glasgow.ac.uk by 01 August 2019 and we will get back to you with further updates about the exact time and place of the event.

The event is free of charge, but participants have to arrange their own travel and accommodation.


Full text of the call is available here.