Our research in this area covers a broad range of issues, including the institutional framework of international development, accountability of international financial institutions, land rights and development, inclusion and consensus-building in transnational decision-making (especially through environmental impact assessment and mediation), and the humanitarian-development-peace nexus.

Highlights from our work in this area:

Stakeholder Engagement in Development Finance

Led by our staff member Dr Giedre Jokubauskaite, this project explores the potential role of mediation in enhancing the effectiveness of stakeholder engagement in international development finance. Drawing on insights from the field of peacebuilding, where mediation is widely practiced, the project explores the promise of mediation in the early stages of project negotiations and as a means of preventing social conflict.


As part of this project, a Knowledge Exchange Workshop on “Stakeholder Engagement in Development Finance: Mediation, Land rights and Sustainable Peace” was organised in the School of Law on 10 May 2019. Pleas click here to read the blog post about the Workshop.

International Investment Law and Development: Bridging the Gap

International investment law has often been seen as an obstacle to sustainable development. While the connections between investment and development are plain, for a long time there has been relatively little scholarship exploring them. Combining critical reflection and detailed analysis, this book addresses the relationship between contemporary investment law and development.


The book is organized around two competing visions of investment and development – as working either harmoniously or in conflict with one another. The expert contributors reflect on both of these views and analyse the social dimensions of development and its impact on investment law. Coverage includes in-depth discussion on such issues as human rights, poverty reduction, labour standards, and indigenous peoples.


Students and scholars of international investment law will benefit from the informed analysis of the links between investment and development. This book will also be of use to practitioners and experts of development law who are looking for an up-to-date perspective of the field.


Editors: Stephan W. Schill, Christian J. Tams, Rainer Hofmann

Publisher: Edward Elgar

Series: Frankfurt investment and economic law series

Publication date: 2015

ISBN 9781784711344