Kick-off of the platform "Law back on track": an open access tool for research on reshaping law & justice to address todays' societal challenges

Law back on track (LBT) is an open access platform dedicated to research and publications that focus on the relationship between law and justice, on the one hand, and effective democracy, on the other hand, to allow our society and other communities to deal with the current challenges.

Prof. Dr. Régine Feltkamp and Prof. Dr. Em. Ludo Cornelis set up the LBT platform to foster legal research on how law and justice allow our society and other communities to deal with the current societal challenges,

In democratic societies, law and justice are not what they ought to be when their application results in global warming, loss of biodiversity, health crises, inequal access to education and information, and different life expectancy depending on income and wealth.

It is no secret that the disruptions our society is facing are due to human, economic and financial, activities, governed by legal rules and instruments such as amongst others contracts, ownership, liability, intellectual property, and rules governing markets and businesses. When economic and financial activities cause distortions that endanger sustainability and wellbeing on our planet, the legal system cannot wash its hands in innocence.

The law is clearly off track.

Through questioning traditional legal tools, rules and thinking, LBT wants to put law (and justice) back on track. LBT aims to share in open access innovative and constructive analysis and proposals, which aim to ensure that all people can flourish within planetary and democratic boundaries, and that they can benefit from the best possible living conditions.

The LBT platform welcomes and publishes legal research, publications and events (in Dutch, English or French) related to the ways in which law and justice currently contribute to climate change, ecological distress, inequality and democratic distortions, as well as related to how law and justice can - and must - be reshaped to overcome these urgent challenges, within planetary and democratic limits.

Feel free to support LBT by making it known to persons interested by its content or in providing written contributions and by following our activities.

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