Communities around the world are yearning for leaders in the public, private, not-for-profit, and academic sectors who can use the law to drive the sustainability transition. Our education is designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills required to gain the knowledge and experience to better understand the intersection between law and sustainability and to work to make the planet more sustainable.  

Our online course: Law and Sustainability

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This course is for you, if you have some basic familiarity with the law and a real interest in using its tools to address contemporary sustainability challenges. You should take this course if you're a paralegal, a lawyer, an NGO Advocate, if you work in government or in business. We have designed this course to leverage the advantages of the online format. This format uniquely allows students to engage with peers from all over the world, learn from leading faculty doing the most cutting-edge work in these areas, and adopt course assignments and content to their own schedules. Once you finish this course, you'll have a contextualized understanding of the rule of law in creating, and more importantly, mediating sustainability challenges. You'll be equipped with tools that you can apply to mediate sustainability challenges from within your law firm, government office, think tank, NGO or company, and you'll understand the dynamics between different parties, which will allow you
to formulate effective strategies and partnerships. This course will give you the background and foundational understanding required for later courses that focus on more specialized topics like climate change and climate risk.


The Smith School and Environmental Change Institute's home department, the School of Geography and the Environment, is consistently ranked 1st globally in the QS World University Subject Rankings, including in the current 2021 ranking.

In 2020, The Faculty of Law at Oxford was ranked second in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for the second year in a row.

The University of Oxford is ranked 1st in the world in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings and has been for the last five consecutive years: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.


Graduate Students

We are open to requests to (co-)supervise doctoral work at Oxford and welcome applications from Visiting Research Students.