The Sustainable Global Economic Law (SGEL) research project is a joint research project by three research groups based at Amsterdam Law School:
SGEL is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education and forms part of the national Sectoral Plan theme ‘Transformative Effects of Globalisation,’ which is a joint research project by Maastricht University, Open Universiteit, Tilburg University and the University of Amsterdam.
SGEL research engages with two of the main challenges of the 21st century – high levels of inequality and climate change. Both are interrelated and require acute action beyond the nation state. No single state can tackle climate change on its own. Equally, high levels of inequality within and across countries require global responses. Their root causes lie to a great extent in the way the global economy is legally structured.
We proceed on the basis of an understanding that International and European public and private law have a key role in shaping processes of globalisation and have much to do with the environmental and social impacts of economic globalisation.