Updates & Events

Please find below three updates for your attention:

Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society at Leiden Law School
The MSc program in Law and Society: Governance and Global Development is now recruiting for the 2024-25 cohort! The one-year long, master’s degree is organized by the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society at Leiden Law School.

The program straddles law and the social sciences, offering students interdisciplinary training in understanding the dynamic relationship between legal norms and social reality. The core curriculum equips students with the conceptual approaches and qualitative empirical research methods necessary to analyze law in context. Specialized electives enable students to dive deeper and focus on particular areas of legal practice—from legal mobilization to regulation and compliance. The program’s global orientation, international atmosphere, and focus on social justice make this a unique master’s program. Please let your students know!

Students who are interested can register here for an “online experience” on 14 March from 16:00 – 17:00 CET.

The deadline to apply for the program is 15 May 2024.

For more information about the master’s program, please reach out to: lawandsociety@law.leidenuniv.nl.


Radboud University Network on Migrant Inclusion (RUNOMI)
From 17 to 21 June 2024, the Radboud University Network on Migrant Inclusion (RUNOMI) will be organizing a summer school on Migrant Inclusion: Policies, Practices in the Age of Digitalization.

This multidisciplinary one-week course will provide participants with insight into relevant issues on the topic of migrant inclusion in a digitalized society. Through engagement with experts from a variety of disciplines, participants will gain a multidisciplinary perspective on one of today’s most debated issues: migrant inclusion policies and practices in light of the increasing digitalization of society.

For more information regarding the program and practical issues, please visit the website:



Commission on Legal Pluralism
Call for panels for the International conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism, in cooperation with the Faculty of Law, Universitas Indonesia, 13-15 January 2025, Jakarta, Indonesia. Preceded by an International Course on Legal Pluralism, 8-11 January 2025.


Call: Law and Political Economy Summer Academy & Invitation to Join Reading Group

Hereby we would like to share two announcements.

Announcement 1:
Call for Applications: Law and Political Economy Summer Academy at the University of Glasgow, in partnership with Erasmus University Rotterdam, on 19-21 June 2024. Details available at https://lpeineurope.org/summer-academy-2024-glasgow/ and CfA_LPE in Europe Summer Academy_2024

Announcement 2:
The Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law and Society would like to invite you to join the reading group on Foluke Adebisi’s book: Decolonisation and Legal Knowledge (2023). The book is open access and provides an examination of the meanings of decolonisation and explores how this examination can inform teaching, researching, and practising of law. It explores the ways in which the foundations of law are entangled in colonial thought and in its [re]production of ideas of commodification of bodies and space-time.

The Van Vollenhoven Institute (VVI) is based in Leiden Law School and seeks to develop and disseminate socio-legal knowledge and theory regarding the interaction between law, governance and society. More specifically, the Institute studies the emergence, functioning, and evolution of legal institutions.

For this reading group, we will have hybrid meetings every 6 weeks on Thursdays:

Meeting 1: Thursday 15 February, 14.00-15.00
Reading: Introduction and chapter 1

Meeting 2: Thursday 28 March, 14.00-15.00
Reading: chapter 2 and chapter 3

Meeting 3: Thursday 16 May, 14.00-15.00
Reading: chapter 4 and chapter 5

Meeting 4: Thursday 20 June, 14.00-15.00
Reading: chapter 6 and conclusion

The meetings are also open to colleagues outside of the VVI. If you are interested in joining the reading group, please send an email to Nada Heddane: n.heddane@law.leidenuniv.nl.