International Law as body of rules established by custom or treaty and recognized by nations as binding in their relations with one another is relevant in many different settings that reflect the extraordinary diversity of transnational activity in the contemporary world. Legal professionals- lawyers- represent governments, corporations, banks, international institutions- to facilitate their activities, both by acting within the limits set by regulations contained in international law, and by altering legal standards to the extent helpful for more orderly conduct of affairs.
The mandate of CENGSSUD is to support understanding, development and implementation of law for sustainable development; leading international research through facilitating legal dialogue and education through strengthening legal knowledge, capacity and partnerships.
This section is also designed to produce in-depth analysis and targeted answers on all questions of international law in order to promote the rule of law – globally. Furthermore, our analysts focus on innovative approaches and legal developments at the intersection of law, economics, peace and security and environmental concerns. Our current research and advice projects focus on the following: Responsibility to Protect, Maritime Governance, International Arbitration & Mediation, and International Trade. Ordinary citizens, NGOs, and international civil servants all invoke international law to influence policy debates on a variety of global issues. International law is an important means for communicating claims and grievances, and provides insight into whether particular demands are reasonable or not. Even new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are also guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, including full respect for international law. It is grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international human rights treaties, the Millennium Declaration, etc.
Our mission here is to connect knowledge, policy and practice to build the international law framework - the globalized rule of law - to support international governance of the future, and to pursue activities in the areas of global law, justice and policy. The collaboration involves leading scholars, experts from fields of national and international practice, and students at all levels of legal education.