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IGLP affiliated scholar Ana Maria Vargas Falla was recently awarded the prize for best conference paper at the “Conference on Regulating for Decent Work” at the University of Melbourne Law School, Australia.

Ana contributes the success of this paper to the guidance she received at IGLP: The Workshop in 2013:

“I worked on [the] paper revisions during the IGLP workshop in Doha 2013” says Falla “and gained a lot from the discussion and experiences of my writing group as well as other professors from IGLP that were kind enough to read my work, like David Trubek and Luis Eslava.”



Many street vendors live under constant fear of eviction and harassment because the law does not recognize their businesses and they work outside the rule of law. Furthermore, in some cities street vending is a criminal offence to public order and vendors can be sent to prison. Using the empowerment theory, defended by Hernando De Soto, this article will examine to what extent formalization – understood as gaining legal status – can serve to empower informal vendors to increase their capital and economic development…
Download the full paper: Legal Empowerment of workers in the Informal Economy

Ana Maria Vargas Falla is a Phd candidate in Law and Society and writes her dissertation in the area of legal empowerment of the poor and access to justice. Her research is focused in the fields of good governance, legal empowerment, gender equality and development. She has worked for international organizations as the UNDP, UNCRD and UNITAR in participatory development aiming at including people’s ideas and goals into government policies.