Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & GovernanceLaw and Development

Development involves the interaction of national and international regulatory arenas. In our research we explore the relationship between treaties, laws, legal procedure and the environmental, social and economic aspects of development. In particular, we look at how the development of sound legal frameworks, well-designed laws and effective institutions contribute to the implementation of Agenda 2030 on sustainable development. These are just some of the areas in which we work, at the intersection of law and development:

  • The implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Water and sustainable development
  • Climate change and sustainable development
  • Oceans and integrated SDG implementation
  • Biodiversity mainstreaming in productive sectors (agriculture, fisheries, forestry, tourism, infrastructure) in the framework of the SDGs 
  • Implications of regulation or its absence on gender dynamics and gender equality
  • Customary law and human rights
  • Access to justice and right to participation in environmental and resource governance

SCELG hosts the GCRF funded One Ocean Hub; one of twelve GCRF Hubs Funded through Official Development Assistance. The Hubs are tasked with developing partnerships with a global set of actors to achieve research excellence in the service of development outcomes. 

SCELG partnerships and collaborations include a number of international partners in our work on law and development.

 These include:

We regularly provide legal consultancy services to many of these partners on cutting-edge legal questions related to development. We work closely with various organizations, including those listed above, on the production of an array of legal outputs, including legal publications, guidance materials and FAO legislative studies. 

Law and Development publications