9d. Legal Aspects of Sustainable Development

Track Chairs

  • Rasyikah Md. Khalid, Rasyikah Md. Khalid, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (The National University of Malaysia)
  • Stella Emery Santana, Centro Universitário FAESA, Vitória, ES, Brazil
  • Tineke Lambooy, Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Netherland
  • Hsing-Hao Wu, National University of Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Katarzyna Cichos, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, Poland

Goals and Objectives of the Track

This track aims to discuss principles, key concepts, methods and applications of legal aspects of Sustainability. We will further map opportunities and challenges for legal aspects of sustainable development in various thematic and strategic subjects, thereby contributing to the development of these domains scientifically and practically. The topic of all three dimensions of sustainable development (environmental, social, economic) and interdisciplinary contributions among and beyond these dimensions is highly encouraged and welcome.

Contributions from the following areas are sought after e.g.

  • Empirical (qualitatively and/or quantitatively data-backed) and theoretical contributions
  • Philosophical and historical analysis; case studies; conceptual developments & assessments; descriptions of newly developed methods and their practical application.
  • Deductive and inductive studies; thematically horizontal or sectorial papers; studies of policy mixes among environmental, social and/or economic instruments; de lege lata and/or de lege ferenda essays.
  • Local studies with a potentially wider application; comparisons of nations or other spatial units; analysis of regional integration; multilevel interplay.
  • Studies of Common Law and/or Continental Law (public, private and/or criminal/penal law), with particular regard to the environmental problems,
  • Contributions about soft law, binding and/or non-binding instruments, best practices, industry self-regulatory tools, formal and customary institutions,
  • The role of sustainability law for institutional change and government policy also towards future generations
  • Single (case) studies or comparisons related to strategies, plans, programs, conflict of interests and/or trade-offs among different values and interests.
  • Innovative local, national, regional & international legal principles/approaches towards more sustainability, e.g., degrowth law, green economy law, soft law & customary law
  • Legal institutions and inter/intragenerational justice on the pathway toward a sustainable transition
  • Constitutional framework on environmental sustainability and inter/intragenerational justice
  • Environmental federalism and inclusive governance
  • Gender, planetary boundaries and/or ecosystem services, footprint, sustainable production & consumption, rebound effect, cooperate social responsibility, quality management, environmental reporting etc.
  • Sustainable development elements of efficiency, effectiveness and sufficiency, environmental, social and economic capital, capacity and carrying capacity, with the background of population questions
  • Climate change, the law and sustainable development, including topics such as climate governance, climate justice, fair transitions, and energy justice

Length and content of the proposed abstract to the track

Each proposed abstract (in connection to an area pointed out above) of between 300 and 500 words (including all aspects),

  1. shall be best organized (without headlines) along usual structures (e.g., intro/method/findings or results/ discussion/conclusions)
  2. does not need to, but can include references
  3. shall provide in a final section
    a. to which SDG(s) and SDG-target(s) their proposed abstract especially relate to (e.g., “SDG+Target: 14.1.”).
    b. a brief indication how the proposed contribution relates to the topic of the Conference (“Half-way through Agenda 2030Assessing the 5Ps of SDG(people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership)”.

Abstracts which do not outline points 3.a.) AND 3.b.) might be considered less relevant in the Review.

Potential publication channels

With regard to potential publications, depending on the number and quality of contributions, diverse publication opportunities will be envisaged.