Sustainability challenges have become both acute and omnipresent. The effects of climate change and biodiversity loss are being felt across the world, widening the fissures of inequality and calling for action. Legal interventions can help catalyse the sustainability transition that we need. However, that potential remains largely untapped.

To leverage the power of the law, Oxford launched the Oxford Sustainable Law Programme (SLP) in 2021. The programme, a joint initiative of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, the Faculty of Law, and the Environmental Change Institute, is rapidly becoming a world-leading hub for research, teaching, and engagement at the intersection of law and sustainability. Their work is interdisciplinary and informed by practice, and covers topics ranging from climate accountability, deforestation, sustainable finance and sustainable corporations to the transition towards a net zero economy.

In this lecture, Thom Wetzer, Associate Professor of Law and Finance and Founding Director of the SLP, will share the highlights of the programme’s work to date. Together with the SLP’s team, he will showcase the research that can help amplify the impact of legal interventions – showing how lawyers and legal professionals can help drive the sustainability transition. 

About the speaker

Thom Wetzer, University of Oxford (by Frans Peeters)
Thom Wetzer is an Associate Professor of Law and Finance at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Linacre College. He is the Founding Director of the Oxford Sustainable Law Programme.

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