Law and the New Developmental State (LANDS)

Phase I

A joint project of GLS, Cebrap, Direito GV, and Los Andes University Law School

The research project on "Law and the New Developmental State (LANDS)" was launched by Professor David Trubek in 2007 with support from the Global Legal Studies Center, Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE) and the UW Law School. LANDS is co-sponsored by Cebrap, the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning, Direito GV, the Law School of FGV in São Paulo, and the Law School of Los Andes University and has received support from the Ford Foundation. 


     Professor David Trubek (UW Law School) (Coordinator)
     Professor Helena Alviar Garcia (Universidad Los Andes, Bogota)
     Professor Diogo R. Coutinho (USP - University of São Paulo and CEBRAP)
     Shunko Rojas (Harvard Law School/Inter-American Development Bank)
     Professor Alvaro Santos (Georgetown Law School)
     Professor Manuel Gomez (Florida International University)
     Professor Michelle Ratton-Sanchez (FGV - Getulio Vargas Foundation, Sao Paulo and CEBRAP)
     Professor Mario Schapiro (FGV - Getulio Vargas Foundation, Sao Paulo)

LANDS explored the changing role of the state in development today and the implications of such changes for the use of law and regulation as tools for economic and social policy. It rests on the premise that developing nations are exploring new ways that the state can and should promote both growth and equity and that these efforts may go beyond the policies recommended by the “augmented Washington Consensus.” The initial focus of the research was Latin America, in particular Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela. An initial part of the project formed part of the GLS research collaborative on Remaking the Developmental State.

Publication - Law and the New Developmental State: The Brazilian Experience in Latin American Context

Phase I of the LANDS project culminated in publishing the book titled Law and the New Developmental State: The Brazilian Experience in Latin American Context edited by Professor David Trubek (UW Law School), Professor Helena Alviar Garcia (Universidad Los Andes, Bogota), Professor Diogo R. Coutinho (USP - University of São Paulo and CEBRAP) and Professor Alvaro Santos (Georgetown University Law Center).

The book explores the emergence of a new developmental state in Latin America and its significance for law and development theory. In Brazil since 2000, emerging forms of state activism, including a new industrial policy and a robust social policy, differ from both classic developmental state and neoliberal
approaches. They favor a strong state and a strong market, employ public-private partnerships, seek to reduce inequality, and embrace the global economy. Case studies of state activism and law in Brazil show new roles emerging for legal institutions. They describe how the national development bank uses law in innovation promotion, trade law strengthens new developmental policies in export promotion and public health, and social law frames innovative poverty-relief programs that reduce inequality and stimulate demand. Contrasting Brazilian experience with Colombia and Mexico, the book underscores the unique features of Brazil’s trajectory and the importance of this experience for understanding the role of law in development today.


Phase II - Law and New Development Strategies: Brazil and Beyond 

In Phase II, LANDS explores the relationship between law and development strategies world-wide. Phase II is supported by GLS, the UW’s East Asian Legal Studies Center, the Harvard Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP), Direito GV, the University of São Paulo Law School (USP), and the Los Andes University Law School. 

The Steering Committee for LANDS Phase II includes Helena Alviar (Los Andes), Diogo Coutinho (USP), John Ohnesorge (Wisconsin), Alvaro Santos (Georgetown), Mario Schapiro (FGV), and David Trubek (Wisconsin/Harvard).

Phase II planning started with participation of members of the LANDS team at the IGLP Workshop in Doha, Qatar in January 2013. In Phase II, LANDS will work with the Conference on Global Law and Development (CGLAD), a Brazil-based network of law and development scholars. Working with IGLP and the other LANDS sponsors, CGLAD organized a major event on Law and New Development Strategies: Brazil and Beyond that was held in São Paulo on July 1-4, 2013. The July event brought law and development scholars from Brazil, the rest of Latin America, North America and Europe together with policy makers and social scientists to discuss current trends in development policy and their implications for law.

See CGLAD program

At the São Paulo meeting, the LANDS team agreed to work with CGLAD to map the status of the field of law and development in the Global South, examine North-South relations in the field, and explore ways that L&D research in the South can be fostered.

Past events, papers, case studies and findings

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