The Sustainable Law Programme undertakes cutting-edge multidisciplinary research. Our research enables us to evaluate the challenges and opportunities offered by the law to catalyse the sustainability transition. As researchers, we have both the privilege and the responsibility to think about these issues independently, driven by science, and over the long-term.
Our research is always impact-oriented. We focus on questions that can generate meaningful and lasting impact on society. Our research teams are global, dynamic, diverse, multidisciplinary, and comprised of academics and practitioners. This enables us to work to redefine the fields of law and sustainability, with the potential to drive systemic change.
We currently have four major research themes. We constantly develop new areas to work in, and you can find out more, including about how to work with us, by contacting the Director, Thom Wetzer.
- Attribution science and the law: We create a pathway to accountability by causally assessing how human activity is related to environmental impacts. Through the ECI, we host the world's leading multidisciplinary climate change attribution team, strengthening the link between greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts, in science and in law.
- Systemic lawyering: Practitioners lack a shared knowledge base of strategic priorities for legal interventions. We develop frameworks and approaches to evaluate how we can use the law to trigger systemic change and advance sustainability outcomes.
- Climate risk governance: The transition to more sustainable economic activity requires a capital re-allocation of trillions of dollars. To make that happen, mainstream businesses and investors must account for climate risk and outcomes in their decision-making.
- Net-zero compliant legal architectures: The sustainability transition requires a vast shift in social, economic, and legal systems. Together with Oxford Net Zero, we identify and develop the legal interventions and architectures (e.g. contracts, regulation) that facilitate and accelerate the net zero transition.