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Online course: A Law to Save the World?

Lund University

A Law to Save the World? 

PhD Course November 2023 - January 2024

Lund University, Faculty of Law / Agenda 2030 Graduate School 

Scholarship in sustainable development often take Agenda 2030 at face value in diagnosing problems and providing solutions to global problems of climate change, the creation of sustainable patterns of production and consumption, stopping the decrease of biodiversity, ending poverty, and more. Recently there is a realization, however, that this is not enough. That there is a need for non-instrumental critical research concerning sustainable development: the basic presumptions on which a sustainability agenda is built, the interests served by its implementation and the conflicts that will emerge in the wake of making necessary societal transformations. There is also a need to think about what comes after: what should the next global framework for societal change look like? 

This course is meant to create a space to deepen your understanding of the history of sustainable development and the problems sustainable development tries to solve in a global context. Consistent in the course is a concern with global inequalities in a North/South dimension, linked to legacies of colonialism. 

While the course takes as its point of departure the current SDG project, it is to an equal extent a course giving its participants room to develop their research questions and methodology. This “methodology component” is designed to allow the students to try out methodological approaches in an open-ended spirit of experimentation.

The course in interdisciplinary but the course convenors have their disciplinary belonging in international law.

The course runs at half-speed (two seminars every second week) and is examined by active participation in discussions. 

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Sessions 2023–24 (all times as below unless there is a need to negotiate time-differences):

29 November

1 December, 1-3 pm

12 December, 1-3 pm

15 December, 1-3 pm

18 December, 1-3 pm

10 January, 1-3 pm

12 January, 1-3 pm

24 January, 1-3 pm

26 January, 1-3 pm

31 January, 1-3 pm


Course dates
29 November 2023 - 31 January 2024
Course organizer
Markus Gunneflo

7.5 ECTS on half-speed (two seminars every second week)