Industrial Policy for a Sustainable European Economy: Toward Ownership that Works for People

The text below was drafted as the conclusions of the Conference “Transformative Ownership in Times of Overlapping Crisis”, held in Amsterdam, 5-6 October 2023. We are preparing a longer white paper on the basis of the conference contributions. Hence, any reactions to the text below are welcome. Please send them to: and [...]

By |2023-11-03T13:02:20+00:00November 3rd, 2023|Sustainability|0 Comments

Legal innovation to empower the disempowered in service of a sustainable city

Amsterdam’s vision of becoming a sustainable city We have been fascinated by two small bottom-up initiatives in and around Amsterdam: the Community Land Trust in Amsterdam South-East and the so-called Zoöp. In a recent article, we analyse the potential and the limitations of these two bottom-up legal innovations to assess how they could [...]

By |2023-06-15T11:36:57+00:00June 15th, 2023|Sustainability|0 Comments

Sustainability and advertising: from consumer choice to consumer habits

Can Shell claim to be the Netherlands’ largest investor in green energy in its advertisements? At the start of this month a new Code on Sustainability Advertisement was adopted by the Dutch Advertising Code Committee (Stichting Reclame Code Comissie) – the self-regulation body that deals with rules on advertisements in the Netherlands. Over the [...]

By |2023-02-23T11:11:00+00:00February 23rd, 2023|Sustainability|0 Comments

The Transfer of Ownership in the ‘Patagonia Case’: Tax Avoidance or a Step toward a Non-Extractive Economy?

This blog was featured earlier on the Verfassungsblog. September 15th 2022 was a big day for the climate movement. The owner of Patagonia – a large multinational corporation producing wearables – transferred 98% of his shares (worth 3 billion dollars) to the newly established Holdfast Collective, a foundation aimed at fighting climate change. The [...]

By |2023-01-12T11:27:25+00:00January 12th, 2023|Sustainability|0 Comments

Time to Dial the Arbitrators

The dispute settlement mechanism of the Energy Charter Treaty (‘ECT’) has been proving to be an obstacle for States in their quest to meet climate obligations. The ECT aims to ensure the protection of investments and in turn investors. Any measure implemented by a State that can causes a negative effect to these investments [...]

By |2022-09-22T08:32:52+00:00September 22nd, 2022|Sustainability|0 Comments

Symposium: The Gender Politics of Global Law  

The work of turning ‘the economy’; ‘the political’ and ‘global law’ from a priori concepts into questions is a critical one for our time, as these forms have come to dominate so much of how everyday activities are framed and valued in communities around the world. By way of cursory background, ‘economy’ comes from [...]

By |2022-07-26T17:39:26+00:00July 11th, 2022|Sustainability|0 Comments

Symposium: Towards a Sustainable Global Economic Law: Constituting the Economic

Who defines economy and value in international law? Who is left out? And what are the implications for social and environmental justice? A useful starting point may be to acknowledge that people value different things. In terms of what should constitute ‘the economy’, people count different things and do so in diverse ways [...]

By |2022-07-11T16:27:04+00:00July 11th, 2022|Sustainability|0 Comments

Symposium: The Concept of Value Practices for International Law

In our discussion about sustainable global economic law last December, Matt Canfield asked us several questions to guide our conversation. We reproduce them to structure our contribution here, which we offer as a dialogue (trialogue, including Matt’s questions). Rather than assigning names, we distinguish our voices with underlining, italics, and unmodified typeface. How [...]

By |2022-07-11T16:26:42+00:00July 11th, 2022|Sustainability|0 Comments

Symposium: Fair Trade and the Neoliberal “Social”

Our conference organizers venture that “in pursuing sustainable global economic law, the question of how we construct and identify the ‘economic’ is critical.” We suggest that one element of this critical question is how actors construct the “economic” as a scale-making project. In 1939, Friedrich Hayek argued for scale-free global trade in part [...]

By |2022-07-22T09:23:38+00:00July 11th, 2022|Sustainability|0 Comments

Symposium: Introduction – Constituting the “economic”

In pursuing sustainable global economic law, the question of how we construct and identify the “economic” is critical. Anthropologists, sociologists, historians, and scholars of science and technology studies have approached the formation of what we call the economy in a variety of ways, but all acknowledge that the “economy” operates as a framing [...]

By |2022-07-11T16:26:23+00:00July 11th, 2022|Sustainability|0 Comments
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