Center for Law and Sustainability CLS

The Center for Law and Sustainability (CLS) was created in 2011 with the goal to bring together relevant research activities and chairs of the Faculty of Law of the University of Lucerne in the field of law and sustainability, to interlink these research efforts and make them visible beyond the bounds of the Faculty.

The Center for Law and Sustainability serves as a valuable platform for scholarly exchange between research units of the University of Lucerne and other academic institutions that work on similar topics. The Center facilitates further the acquisition of third party funding and the development of advanced studies programmes.

The Center for Law and Sustainability is interdisciplinary and engages in active collaboration with different branches of the social sciences, such as economics, political science and last but not least, philosophy. The topics covered by the Center, such as energy, climate or agricultural law, are diverse but all contribute to both theoretical conceptualisations and policy-relevant formulations of sustainability. Sustainability has emerged in the last decade as one of the overarching policy goals at both the national and at the global level, and this not only in relation to the critical to mankind and well-publicised theme of climate change. The interaction between sustainability and legal frameworks, and the potential impact of law as a factor enabling (or hindering) the attainment of sustainability can be explored in many areas and ultimately, contribute to improved forms of governance. The Center for Law and Sustainability provides cutting-edge research and teaching in this context.


University of Lucerne
Faculty of Law
Frohburgstrasse 3
P.O. Box 4466
CH-6002 Lucerne

T +41 41 229 53 80