Dr Jennifer Lander

Job: Lecturer

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester De Montfort Law School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7756

E: jenny.lander@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://www.dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

I am a socio-legal researcher working at the intersections of law, development and globalisation. I am primarily interested in the governance of the global economy, particularly the way that different actors enable and resist global integration, and the role of law in structuring contemporary forms of economic and political change. These intellectual interests are fuelled by an underlying concern for the democratisation of power and resources in an increasingly integrated world.

My current research focuses on the influence of transnational legal norms on mining governance regimes in frontier economies. I am particularly curious about the way that interactions with transnational law vis-à-vis non-state actors (e.g. corporations, NGOs and investment banks) are transforming local governance spaces.

I received my PhD from the University of Warwick in 2017. My thesis examined the constitutional and democratic implications of integration in the global mining economy for the Mongolian state. Prior to joining Leicester De Montfort Law School, I held an Early Career Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Study and taught part-time at Warwick Law School.

Informal inquiries about interdisciplinary research collaboration or postgraduate supervision are welcome.

Publications and outputs 

Lander, J. (2020) Transnational Law and State Transformation: The Case of Extractive Development in Mongolia. Abingdon: Routledge.

Lander, J. (2019) “Doing ‘Law in/and Development’: Theoretical, Methodological and Ethical Reflections” in N. Creutzfeldt, M. Mason & K. Mcconnachie (eds) Routledge Handbook on Socio-Legal Theory and Methods. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 206-219.

Lander, J. (forthcoming) “Community Development Agreements and the State’s Extractive Strategy in Mongolia: Participatory Governance or Governance Participation?” in A. Paliwala and S. Adelman (eds.) The Limits of Law and Development: Neoliberalism, Governance and Social Justice. Abingdon: Routledge.

Lander, J. (2014) ‘Book Review: Maria Eriksson Baaz and Maria Stern: Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War? Perceptions, Prescriptions, Problems in the Congo and Beyond’ Feminist Legal Studies 1(22).

Lander, J. (2014) ‘A Critical Reflection on Oyu Tolgoi and the Risk of a Resource Trap in Mongolia: Troubling the “Resource Nationalism” Frame’ Law, Social Justice and Global Development Journal 2013(2). Available online (peer reviewed)

Public engagement publications:

Stewart, A. & Lander, J. 2018. 'Transforming Gender Relations in an Ageing World: A Policy Discussion Paper.' HelpAge International 

Lander, J. (2015) ‘Building Sandcastles on the Steppe? Mining, Herding and Water Governance in the Gobi’ Lacuna Magazine.

Research interests/expertise

Transnational law

extractive development

global governance

international economic law


civil society/social movements

corporate social responsibility


East Africa

Social reproduction and care

Areas of teaching

Constitutional and administrative law

Gender and the law

Law and development

International law

Global governance

Corporate social responsibility


Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD) - School of Law, University of Warwick (2013-2017)

Postgraduate Award in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2016) University of Warwick

Master of Laws (LLM) – School of Law, University of Warwick (Distinction) (2012-2013) International Development, Law and Human Rights Programme

Bachelor of Arts – Victoria University of Wellington, NZ (First Class Honours/4.0 GPA) (2009-2011) Development Studies & International Relations

Courses taught

Gender and the Law (LLB); Constitutional and Administrative Law (LLB); Public Law (Graduate Diploma in Law)

Honours and awards

Early Career Fellowship, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick

Warwick Law Scholarship for PhD study (2013-2016)

Best Graduating Student, International Development, Law and Human Rights LLM, University of Warwick (December 2013)

Diplomatic Corps Prize for International Relations, Victoria University of Wellington (NZ) (2011)

Membership of professional associations and societies

Higher Education Academy (Associate Fellow)

Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA)

International Studies Association (ISA)

British International Studies Association (BISA)

Law and Development Research Network (LDRN)


Research Assistant, Leverhulme Research Fellowship (October 2016-September 2017) "Caring for Older Women in Kenya's Plural Legal System"

[Principal Investigator: Prof. Ann Stewart, University of Warwick]

Consultancy work

Research and Advisory Consultancy with Prof. Ann Stewart (University of Warwick) and HelpAge International (December 2017-June 2018)

Internally funded research project information

Principal Investigator, BAL GCRF Seedcorn funding award.

“Exploring the Minefield of Multi-level Regulatory Regimes in Extractive Development: Rethinking Governance Solutions for Sustainability and Social Justice through Co-Design, Collaboration and Critique”

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