Collaborative Initiatives

Center on Law and Globalization

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As a partnership between the University of Illinois College of Law and the American Bar Foundation, the Center on Law and Globalization brings together leaders of international organizations, journalists, and legal scholars to:

  • Understand the legal dimensions of key global issues;
  • Stimulate exchanges on how these issues are addressed; and
  • Advance research and conclusions on major topics in global debates.

The Center focuses on international human and legal rights issues, notably justice and security; the international economy and marketplace; and health.

The Center on Law and Globalization aims explicitly to help international legal agencies, such as the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, The Hague Courts, and the International Monetary Fund, in:

  • Advancing the research and scholarly frames available to global leaders;
  • Enabling national legal professions to catch a vision of the contributions they can make to advance participatory democracy; and
  • Helping global and local leaders better understand the constraints, ideologies, and difficulties of advancing global agendas in a world of nation-states.

Environmental Change Institute

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Environmental change is a phenomenon that impacts every aspect of our lives, from the fuel we use to heat our homes and drive our cars, to our efforts to maintain viable food and water supplies affected by changing weather conditions. To encompass all of these areas of research and inform public policy decisions, the Environmental Change Institute was created in 2008, with a generous gift from the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund.

As an interdisciplinary collaboration between the University of Illinois College of Law; College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; and College of Business, the Environmental Change Institute focuses the unique resources and research capabilities of the University of Illinois to advance our understanding of global environmental change and offer solutions that enable society to avoid, mitigate or adapt to its effects through the support of scholarly research, innovative teaching, and public outreach initiatives.