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Conference organizer: Complexity, Legal and Institutional Change, and Rule of Law


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law John Felice Rome Center, Via Massimi 114A Rome Italy (map)

From the conference announcement:

This conference seeks to explore the application of complexity theory to development assistance in the rule of law field. The presenters will address a wide range of rule of law development practices, drawing on empirical and conceptual insights from the development community and academic research. The conference is designed to facilitate discussion among scholars and practitioners on how non-linearity, self-organization, co-generation of environments, and the role of feedback mechanisms are resulting in reconsideration of many aspects of development theory and practice in the rule of law field. Sessions are planned on topics including: 

  • current thinking on the role of complexity theory for the law generally
  • complexity perspectives on rule of law development programming
  • applications of complexity theory to law reform and legislative drafting in post-conflict and post-disaster situations
  • how systems thinking can enhance rule of law development strategies.