SCELG at the 4th Annual Conference on Law and Development

On the 25th of September, SCELG PhD Candidate Julie Gibson presented at the 4th annual conference on Law and Development, organised by the Law and Development Research Network and hosted at Humboldt University, Berlin. Julie’s presentation, titled ‘Misaligned goals in disjointed regimes: interactions of international watercourses law and development’, fit clearly within this year’s theme which focused on the plurality of law and development. Her presentation focused on the concept of differential treatment towards developing countries within the context of transboundary river basins in East and Southern Africa. Julie’s presentation is part of her on-going PhD research which looks at the relationship between international watercourses law and development law, as well as its practical implementation through development cooperation projects.


This has been a busy period for Julie. Earlier this month she attended the World Water Week in Stockholm.

PhD research at SCELG

Julie is one of the several PhD students undertaking their doctoral dissertation at SCELG. Stephanie Switzer, SCELG Co-Director, commenting on Julie’s participation at the 4th Annual Conference on Law and Development, said, “It is great that Julie was able to participate in this very prestigious conference. Julie’s research seeks to look at the connections between international water law and development cooperation, so this conference provided a fantastic opportunity for Julie to introduce her work to those within the development community. Julie is increasingly becoming known for her work on law and development and recently contributed a chapter on the Right to Development to a Law and Development Encyclopaedia which will be published by Edward Elgar next year.”