Climate JusticeSymposium

How behavioural law can promote sustainable development

An overview of the potential and challenges

The idea that human society and peoples should develop in a sustainable way can be traced back to ancient cultures, practices and legal traditions. However, only recently there is an observable increase in conflicts throughout the world between the demands of economic development, the environment, and human rights. This has led to an emphasis on sustainable development in national, European, and international law and policy. This emphasis on sustainable development …


Current Developments

SDGs and the rule of law: the need to globalize the ethics of legal tech

In the context of the rapid adoption and integration of legal technology at a global level, this blog will problematize the consequences of the bias of current discussions on the ethics of legal tech in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs strongly emphasize the importance of the rule of law as a basis for development.  While there is a fast-growing literature on the ethics of legal …


Labour Standards in a Globalised EconomySymposium

What’s in a name?

Labour Rights between Human Rights and Sustainable Development

‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy; … What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet;’ William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act I, Scene 2 Labour standards have long been recognised as relevant to the terms of trade, given fears of unfair competition and even ‘social dumping’. However, labour standards rarely receive protection in trade instruments per se. They have …