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Jennifer Lander

Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study & Seminar Tutor at Warwick Law School


I am interested in the governance of the global economy, particularly the way that states enable global economic integration, and the role of law in structuring economic and political change. While my work is largely empirical, I draw upon the rich theoretical debates about state formation, global capitalism and the possibilities for the democratisation of power and resources in an increasingly integrated world.

My PhD research examined the constitutional and democratic impacts of global economic integration, using an extended case study of Mongolia's mining economy.
  • Title: "The Law and Politics of Foreign Direct Investment, Democracy and Extractive Development in Mongolia: A Case Study of Conflicted Constitutionalism"
  • Supervisor: Dr. George Meszaros (Associate Professor, School of Law, University of Warwick)
My postdoctoral research examines the relationship between transnational legal politics and development, particularly related to investment and global governance. I am also exploring the role of China in frontier economies in Central Asia and Eastern Africa.

Research Interests: transnational law, democratisation, constitutional theory, power, global political economy, corporate social responsibility, international economic/investment law, state (trans)formation, civil society, feminist theory, gender analysis, economic history, international development

Teaching: I currently teach seminars on the undergraduate module Gender and the Law, offered through Warwick Law School.


Lander, J. (2018, 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. (2015) ‘Building Sandcastles on the Steppe? Mining, Herding and Water Governance in the Gobi’ Lacuna Magazine. Available online:

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. (2013) ‘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. Available online: [PEER-REVIEWED]


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

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

Master of Laws (LLM) – School of Law, University of Warwick (Distinction) (2012-2013)
International Development, Law and Human Rights Programme
Dissertation Supervisor: Dr. Sam Adelman
‘Mining as a Development Strategy for Mongolia: Oyu Tolgoi and the Red Flags of a Resource Curse’

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


  • Early Career Fellowship, Institute of Advanced Study (May 2017 cohort)
  • Law School Research Scholarship for PhD Study (2013)
  • Best Graduating Student on the International Development, Law and Human Rights LLM – University of Warwick (2013)
  • Diplomatic Corps Prize for International Relations (2011)

selected conference papers and presentations

  • 'Framing the Social Significance of Woman-to-Woman Marriage in Africa: A Critical Literature Review' Care, Work and Property Workshop, British Institute in Eastern Africa (Nairobi) (September 2017)
  • ‘Thinking about the Global Economy from a Critical Constitutional Perspective: Lessons from Mongolia’ Departmental Presentation, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick (May 2017)
  • ‘The Law and Politics of Debt, Democracy and Extractive Development’ Departmental Presentation, School of Law, University of Warwick (January 2017)
  • ‘The (Self)-Discipline of the State: Dependence on FDI and Mining Governance in Mongolia’ Socio-Legal Studies Conference (April 2016)
  • ‘Private Justice in the Public Sphere? Extractivism and “Participatory Governance” in Mongolia’ Warwick Beyond Development Conference (April 2016)
  • ‘Mining, Community Development Agreements and the Reconfiguration of Local Institutions in Mongolia: Participatory Public Governance or Clientelism on the “Final Frontier”? LSE Public Law Doctoral Colloquium (October 2015)
  • ‘Exploring the Implications of Extractivism for Public Governance in Mongolia: A Research Agenda’ - Warwick Global Governance PhD Conference (July 2015)
  • ‘A Critical Reflection on Oyu Tolgoi and the Risk of a Resource Trap in Mongolia: Troubling the “Resource Nationalism” Frame’ – Sheffield Institute of International Development (SIID) PG Conference (March 2014)
  • 'Gendered Diffusions: Reconceptualizing the War on Drugs on the U.S.-Mexico Border’ Conference Paper presented at the Borders in the 21st Century panel, International Security Studies section of the Annual International Studies Association Conference, San Francisco (April 2013)

Jennifer Lander

Jennifer Lander


  • Empirical Approaches, Gender & the Law Research Clusters (Warwick Law School)
  • Warwick's Research Priorities on Global Governance and International Development (GRPs)
  • Exchanges: The Warwick Research Journal (reviewer)
  • Transnational Law Institute (2016 TLSI Fellow, King's College London)
  • LACUNA Magazine (Contributor) (Centre for Human Rights in Practice, Warwick Law School)
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA)
  • International Studies Association (ISA)
  • British International Studies Association (BISA)