Law and Sustainability

In 1987, the United Nations Brundtland Commission famously defined sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” In the decades that have followed, achieving environmental sustainability on a planet with a growing population and finite resources has emerged as one of the greatest challenges facing humankind. Scientific innovation has long been instrumental in promoting environmental sustainability, but policy innovation has an equally vital role to play in the sustainability movement. Arizona State University’s Program on Law and Sustainability seeks to accelerate the development and dissemination of legal ideas and constructs capable of furthering sustainability goals. Through cutting-edge faculty research, world-class instruction, meaningful student opportunities, and an extraordinary annual conference, the Program is committed to helping address the world’s pressing environmental sustainability challenges. 


highlights & events

The Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators

to be held May 13, 2016 / Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, ASU

For more information, visit last year’s Conference website