Leveraging the power of the law to tackle global sustainability challenges.

The Oxford Sustainable Law Programme, launched in 2021, is a world-leading centre operating at the intersection of law and sustainability. Our work is multidisciplinary, rigorous, and informed by practice. We are impact-oriented thinkers who see the law as a tool to catalyse the sustainability transition.


Based at the University of Oxford, the programme is a joint initiative of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and the Faculty of Law. We draw on wide-ranging expertise from across the University of Oxford and collaborate intensively with our international partners in the academic, public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.


Our work

Our focus is on actionable research, impactful education, and multi-sectoral engagement that translates insight into practical application. Learn more about what we do.


How an Early Oil Industry Study Became Key in Climate Lawsuits

Ben Franta, senior climate litigation research fellow at the Oxford Smith School, comments on how the precedents set by previous litigations over tobacco, opioids, and asbestos could play a role in upcoming climate cases. "They are good examples that the legal system can take on big societal harms that the other branches of government frankly are just not addressing,” he said.