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Call for Abstracts: Rethinking the Role of Law in Urban Planning, Policy and Development

Rethinking the Role of Law in Urban Planning, Policy and Development.

The new issue of Projections, the journal of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will attempt to channelize attention to the role of Law in the planning academy. By bringing new perspectives and methods of legal analysis into urban planning scholarship, it will seek to bring Planning and Law in closer conversation with each other, and encourage critical traditions in each to dialogue with each other. Scholars and practitioners of Law, Planning, Geography and other social sciences are invited to submit abstracts of articles proposed for publication in this volume of Projections. The editors of this volume welcome articles containing empirical research as well as essays that delve into theoretical questions on the role of Law in urban planning. The editors are also particularly interested in insights from regions of the world that have been otherwise under-represented in planning scholarship, and modes of legal analysis that contest the Euro-centrism inherent in both Law and Planning.

DUE DATE FOR ABSTRACTS: 30th of October 2014

Authors interested in publishing their articles in this volume are requested to email the student editor an abstract of about 300-600 words. Any further enquiries on the scope of the volume may be directed to Karthik Rao-Cavale (krcavale@mit.edu).

For more information visit the website

Rule of Law Course

Rule of Law Toolbox for Crisis Management and Peace Operations

Concepts, practices and trends  


Course Description

The UN defines the rule of law as “a principle of governance in which all persons, institutions and entities, public and private, including the state itself, are accountable to laws that are publicly promulgated, equally enforced and independently adjudicated, and which are consistent with international human rights norms and standards.”[1]

Moreover, for international organizations such as the EU, the OSCE and the UN, strengthening the rule of law is an essential component of international crisis management. Experience gained over the past decades demonstrates that establishing a basis for peace, security and development in the immediate post-conflict period as well as during more long-term consolidation is not possible without the rule of law.

International rule of law assistance has traditionally focused on the justice chain (police, justice and corrections). In recent years however, a more comprehensive approach to rule of law assistance in post-conflict and fragile states has taken shape, based on the recognition that the rule of law is closely linked to peace and security, human rights and development and that they mutually reinforce each other. It has also been widely acknowledged that encouraging national ownership is still the key challenge for international rule of law assistance. The complex and lengthy process of state-building and institutional reform requires the participation of all relevant stakeholders within state authorities and civil society in order to create a better informed demand among the citizenship and to improve public service delivery. 

The course covers the conceptual framework of rule of law and its strengthening, and shall provide participants with a set of core skills and practical tools useful to reformers.  Participants will reflect demands and challenges to programming for field activities aimed at strengthening the rule of law. This will take place against the background of current research and thinking about future challenges to international assistance in this field.

Special attention will be paid to negotiating and advising on sensitive justice problems, securing local ownership, and eliciting political will to reform in the host country. Another topic will be the provision of technical assistance on capacity building.


Course Methodology

To achieve the course objectives and to ensure a high quality learning experience, the course methodology will include a mix of presentations, exercises, discussions, case studies, excursions, movies etc.The course aims at providing a creative and open learning environment where participants share experiences, insights and skills acquired during their career.

Course Audience

The course is primarily designed for practitioners who currently work, or who have experience working in a post-conflict or fragile state environment on rule of law and related issues.

FBA and ZIF promote regional diversity and gender balance.


04 October 2014 – 11 October 2014


Djurönäset, Stockholm, Sweden, http://www.djuronaset.com/

The nearest airport is Stockholm.

Course Fee

€ 1450

The course fee covers full board and accommodation. Costs for travel will be at the expense of the participant.


Deadline for applications is 4 June 2014. Please use the application form on our website. The application should also include a CV.

Contact Person

For any questions regarding the course, please contact Lisa Ejelov at FBA (lisa.ejelov@fba.se) or Britta Madsen at ZIF (b.madsen@zif-berlin.org).

[1]The definition continues “It requires, as well, measures to ensure adherence to the principles of supremacy of the law, equality before the law, accountability to the law, fairness in the application of the law, separation of powers, participation in decision-making, legal certainty, avoidance of arbitrariness and procedural and legal transparency.”

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