Law and Sustainable Development

Sustainable development is a burgeoning interdisciplinary field of study. With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals for the 2016-2030 period (‘the 2030 Agenda’), and the ever increasing attention for the impact of climate change, the field will further grow in importance in the coming decades.

Sustainable development has three dimensions: an economic (‘prosperity’), a social (‘people’) and an environmental (‘planet’) one. In theory, the three dimensions are equally important and should be balanced. 

Whether the 2030 Agenda achieves a proper balance is contested. Concerns remain particularly in terms of the adverse  environmental impact of the goals dealing with economic growth. The research line focuses on the contribution of law - at levels varying from the global to the domestic – to the realization of sustainable development.  Research on the interaction between environmental law on the on the hand and economic and social justice law on the other is particularly welcomed.

Main researchers


Key publications


Buggenhoudt Claire

Common Interests in International Litigation

ISBN 9781780684468

Intersentia UK, 2017 204p

(Series on Law and Cosmopolitan Values)





Wolfgang Benedek (ed.), Koen De Feyter (ed.), Matthias C. Kettemann (ed.), Christina Voigt (ed.)

The Common Interest in International Law

ISBN 978-1-78068-271-6

Intersentia UK, 2014 - 234 pp.





De Feyter Koen [edit.]

Globalization and common responsibilities of states

ISBN 978-0-7546-2913-9

Farnham: Ashgate, 2013.- 536 p.

(The international library of essays on globalization and law)