Law is a powerful tool for social change. The LAW group studies the influence of law on the rules and institutions needed to face the environmental, social and economic challenges of today and to facilitate transitions to a sustainable living environment.
The LAW group’s work is central to addressing the global challenges around which Wageningen University & Research (WUR) has shaped its academic and social goals: climate change, overpopulation in urban centres, malnutrition, and the overconsumption of nature and natural resources.
Through its unique institutional position, the LAW group can act as a bridge between traditional legal scholarship and researchers working towards practical life science solutions to global challenges. Any successful scientific solution to these challenges needs to be accommodated within our legal systems, and be in line with the normative principles that these systems represent.
Our research is organized through three research lines: Living Environment; Food System Solidarity; Business, Human rights and the Environment. These lines often interlink and intertwine on subject matter. In addition, there are two 'connector' themes - Translationalism and Legal research methods - that connect our researchers.