Engaging Legal Academics in Law and Development Programming

A ROLE UK paper by Lawrence McNamara, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law September 2015  

Legal academics are among those who might make very valuable contributions to ROLE UK programming. 

This paper identifies some of the gaps, opportunities and challenges in drawing legal academics into law and development programming. It concludes that legal academics are a very large, very highly skilled group that is currently under-utilised. There are challenges in reaching and engaging legal academics, but there are potentially remarkable benefits for the UK government and its agencies and programmes, for developing countries and their communities that are the focus of assistance, and for the academic community.

This paper provides recommendations that will assist ROLE UK and wider DFID and HMG activities in drawing on legal academic expertise.

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