The Political Economy of Legal Knowledge in Action: Collaborative Projects in the Americas

  • Daniel Bonilla Maldonado
  • Colin Crawford
Part of the International and Development Education book series (INTDE)


Legal knowledge is a commodity directed by a political economy constituted by precise rules and principles. Examining the political economy of legal knowledge contributes to understanding routine practices that determine ways we create, exchange, and use legal knowledge. This chapter describes a decade’s worth of dynamic programming led by two law schools—Tulane University (New Orleans, USA) and the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia)—to promote joint academic research among scholars across the Americas. It applies conceptual tools to understand practices in legal thought creation and describes how they are typically characterized by a dominant global North partner and a subordinate global South partner. It concludes by offering normative criteria for collaborative processes for legal knowledge construction.


Legal knowledge Political economy of law International collaborations Legal theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Bonilla Maldonado
    • 1
  • Colin Crawford
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversidad de los AndesBogotaColombia
  2. 2.Louis D. Brandeis School of LawUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA

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