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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




Personal profile

I am a socio-legal researcher working at the intersections of law, development and globalisation. My current research empirically focuses on the influence of transnational legal norms on mining governance regimes in "frontier" economies like Mongolia, and engages conceptually with the question of how international economic processes interact with the constitution of states. Where my 2020 monograph focused on conceptualising the processes of state transformation which facilitate foreign investment in natural resources, my current research explores the grassroots impact of these shifts upon practices and paradigms of citizenship. 

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. (2020) “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. (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. (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 outputs:

Lander, J. (2020) "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Investor-State Arbitration and Mongolia's Rapidly Shrinking Policy Space." Guest post on Mongolia Focus blog, 11th March 2020. 

Lander, J., Hatcher, P. & Jargalsaikhan, S. (2019) “Summary Brief: Civil Society Engagement and the World Bank’s Country Partnership Framework in Mongolia.” Internal briefing document for civil society submitted to the UN Independent Expert on Debt.

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


social reproduction and care


Areas of teaching

Constitutional and administrative law

Gender and the law

Law and development


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

Faculty Early Career Researcher of the Year, Faculty of Business and Law, De Montfort University (2020)

Early Career Fellowship, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick (2017-2018)

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 Economic Law Collective

Law and Development Research Network (LDRN)

Conference attendance

‘Transnational Law and State Transformation: The Case of Extractive Development in Mongolia’ Book Launch Conversation, Law and Development Research Network Conference, Humboldt University, Berlin (25th-27th September 2019)

‘Pastoralists in Mongolia’s Mining Economy: Negotiating Indigenous Identity in a New Governance Environment’ Conference Paper (co-written with Dr Pascale Hatcher, University of Canterbury NZ) ‘Lands of the Extracto-cene: The Extractive Industries, Climate Change and Mobile Pastoralists’ International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) Inter-Congress “World Solidarities” Posnan, Poland (27-31st August 2019)

‘The State has Forgotten Its Reason for Being? A Socio-Legal Analysis of Extractive Development and State Transformation in Mongolia’ Research Presentation, American Centre for Mongolian Studies Speaker Series, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (12th June 2019) YouTube link.

‘Shifting States: The Constitutional Risks of Extractive Development’ Conference Paper, Social-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Annual Conference, University of Leeds (3-5th April 2019)

Externally funded research grants information

Principal Investigator (2020) “Extractive Citizenship: Transnational Claim-Makers and Mediators on New Resource Frontiers”, British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (£9990) (Co-Investigator: Dr Pascale Hatcher, University of Canterbury, NZ)

 Principal Investigator (2020) “Indigenous Rights Recognition in Mongolia: Challenges and Opportunities”, Independent Social Research Foundation Flexible Grants for Small Groups (£4920) (Co-Investigator: Dr Pascale Hatcher, University of Canterbury, NZ)

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”

Other projects & consultancy work

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

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]

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