Sustainable Mindset Chain of Change.

Exploring legal and regulatory perspectives in the shift toward sustainable development

In the debate surrounding sustainability, we believe in the importance of utilizing academic perspectives. With a sharp focus on the normative foundations of sustainability, we seek to better understand its underlying legal architecture, as well as the policies and regulatory frameworks it shapes.

At IE Law School, we offer a future-forward, tech-focused, entrepreneurial perspective, allowing students to benefit from comparative and multidisciplinary approaches to the study of law. Thanks to our global outlook, we provide them with the legal and regulatory knowledge needed to fuel the transition toward sustainable development.

By exploring debates on human rights, the rule of law and international legal structures, students have the opportunity to consider how these topics relate to sustainable development efforts. Using these insights and conclusions, students are empowered to contribute to the development of different sustainability narratives.

We integrate sustainable development into our program portfolio and into the research carried out by the members of the IE Law School community. Backed by our expertise in law, we also leverage relationships with a wide range of industry-leading partners to promote a culture of sustainability across public and private organizations.

Fostering sustainability at every level

At IE Law School, we are firmly committed to accelerating our work to intensify our impact on the field. That’s why we’re taking steps to incorporate sustainability into our research and academic programs.


IE Law School strives to build a solid foundation of knowledge, training, innovation and reflection to drive progress in law that can have an impact on sustainability. For this reason, several disruptive initiatives have been designed to help students, educators, professionals and the global legal community better understand how law has become central to sustainable development.

  • Legal Clinic
    Legal Clinic

    Our Legal Clinic fosters a sense of social responsibility in the legal profession and highlights the value it provides to the community. It gives students the opportunity to make their mark through research initiatives or by offering legal advice. Here, we highlight projects related to sustainability.

    Fundación Fernando Pombo. This project challenged students to find innovative legal ways to provide sustainable financing to social entities. Students had the chance to research and draft a report on sustainable finance, also looking at how to implement it in Spain.

    Refugee work. This social entrepreneurship project was aimed at connecting refugees with companies, supporting them as they build new lives in their host countries.

    Legal Response Initiative. Thanks to our agreement with the Legal Response Initiative, our students have the opportunity to provide free legal support in developing countries, countries experiencing high climate change vulnerability, as well as to civil society organizations with observer status. This initiative works with an international network of lawyers to provide hands-on assistance during meetings, draft legal opinions and support lawyers and negotiators from developing countries.

  • Global Legaltech Venture Days
    Global Legaltech Venture Days

    In partnership with IE Law School’s Global League, we launched a global Legaltech competition. By creating a platform for startups and entrepreneurial projects that are using technology to improve legal operations, the competition is actively promoting the rule of law and equal access to justice for all.

  • LawAhead Hub
    LawAhead Hub

    The LawAhead Hub was created to explore transformation within the legal sector in order to identify and find solutions to the sector’s most pressing issues. LawAhead provides content and facilitates discussions that promote sustainability, while encouraging partners and members to discover solutions in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Legaltech Innovation Farm
    Legaltech Innovation Farm

    The IE Legaltech Innovation Farm is an open, tech-neutral ecosystem created to cultivate early-stage technological innovation and experimentation. Powered by our network of partners, experts and the right tech platforms, we work with senior corporate leaders to transform their business ideas into prototype apps, algorithms, bots, software and business models.

Our community shares their views, actively contributing to the legal and regulatory perspectives driving the shift toward sustainable development.

Physics, renewables, and regulations: Are we getting it wrong?

Despite our best efforts to mitigate climate change, we are still incurring in costly mistakes. There are no shortcuts in this fight to save our ...

26 / 03 / 2019

Are we going nowhere fast?

The complexity of the regulatory panorama won’t allow us to make concrete predictions about the future of Smart Mobility. Evaluating the ...

27 / 05 / 2019

The Women on Boards Directive: Is Europe closer to breaking the glass ceiling?

Instituting gender quotas is a controversial approach to achieving gender equality. The question is: does it take us a step closer to breaking the ...

13 / 12 / 2019

A timely initiative for urgent removal of sensitive content from the Internet

The creation of a priority channel for reporting the sharing of sensitive content and requesting its withdrawal is a courageous, responsible and ...

18 / 11 / 2019

Algorithmic Justice, Education, and the Lawyer of the Future

As we witness the unstoppable advance of machine learning and its application in more and more areas of our lives, I am more convinced each day that ...

30 / 10 / 2018

For a more humanistic advocacy

What role does law play in our society? What capacity does a lawyer have to change people’s lives? What can humanism contribute in relation to ...

11 / 04 / 2019


We’re constantly working to include more sustainability content in our undergraduate, LL.M. and Executive Education programs. IE Law School is committed to fostering immersive learning experiences that will allow educators and students to integrate sustainability into their personal and professional development.

Moot Court Competitions

European Human Rights Moot Court Competition

Students get to take on complex mock cases involving European human rights law, and present them at the European Court of Human Rights. This experience provides students with insightful exposure to the European Convention on Human Rights, while helping them develop their litigation skills.

Europa Moot Court Competition

Organized by Jurisnova and the MOHA Research Center, this competition sets out to provide participants with the chance to get involved in a simulation of real-world scenarios. They must solve a hypothetical EU legal case and argue it as if they were standing before the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

Jessup is the world’s largest moot court competition. It invites students into a unique simulation involving a fictional dispute between countries within the context of the International Court of Justice—the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.

The Nelson Mandela World HHRR Moot Court Competition (OHCHR)

In this moot court competition, students will get to know the processes and procedures taking place within the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Human Rights Council. Two students will represent IE at this year’s moot court, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland.

GAWA Project

In partnership with GAWA Capital, the largest Impact Investment Fund in Spain, IE’s Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics, Law and Economics (PPLE) students had the opportunity to work as analysts for a number of GAWA’s investment projects. Guided by the firm’s co-CEOs, the project involved developing and carrying out economic, political and legal analysis for a social impact fund.

In this capstone project, students gained firsthand, practical experience with building bridges between social businesses that need access to capital and traditional investors interested in social initiatives.



Thanks to IE Law School’s collaboration with IBM, students have the opportunity to participate in the IBM Watson project. The project teaches participants how to use the Watson computing system and how to work with artificial intelligence in the legal sector. In the past, this project has allowed students to create real tools that help make the justice system more fair. In one instance, they were able to design a project that helped users find out if they could benefit from the right to free legal assistance.


  • Utamu, contributing to universal education

    Utamu, contributing to universal education

    Alum Valentina Soldera created and launched Utamu, an ethical fashion brand that celebrates craftsmanship and supports children’s education. The brand partnered with Masicorp, a results-driven organization tackling the low level of literacy in Masiphumelele, a small community in Cape Town devastated by the legacy of apartheid. For every jacket or tunic sold, Utamu sponsors three months of English and math classes for a child at Ukhanyo Primary School.

  • The Champ Camp, building champion people

    Waleed Abu Nada, a Dual Degree in Business Administration and Laws student from Jordan, created the Champ Camp: a weightlifting project to help refugees in his hometown. The initiative aims to provide a place where young refugees can feel safe, find purpose, and gain courage, regardless of race, religion, gender or background. In this way, the program gives disadvantaged youth a way to channel their energy into something positive.

    The Champ Camp
  • Thirst Project x Madrid: Youth Water Activism Organization

    Bachelor of Laws student Teresa Oliveira De Sousa is part of a global group of dedicated students on a mission to end the global water crisis. The program has already carried out over 3,000 projects across 13 countries, saving hundreds of thousands of lives by providing access to safe, clean drinking water.

    Thirst Project x Madrid

ACADEMIA & RESEARCH: Our faculty´s impact

IE Law School’s faculty is committed to promoting sustainable development across the globe, with a particular focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16—to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels.

  • Marina Aksenova. Renowned for her studies on the interaction between art, human rights and international justice.
  • Bart Wauters. Promotes the study of human rights through our Legal Clinic.
  • Antonios Kouroutakis. Explores ways to strengthen democracy through “demossibility,” a new concept he coined himself.
  • Marie-José Garot. Leader in research of the principle of judicial independence, and how it is promoted by European institutions, specifically the European Court of Justice.
  • Marco de Benito. Key researcher on dispute resolution mechanisms as an alternative to ordinary justice.
  • Victor Torre de Silva. Focuses his research on how to strengthen the efficiency of public administration for the benefit of all.
  • Francisco Marcos, Charlotte Leskinen and Fernando Pastor. Recognized experts in European Competition law—a critical concept for building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
  • Giulio Allevato. Top thinker on the global architecture of taxation and regulation in the financial sector.
  • Sonsoles Arias. Explores new ways to promote global governance through fundamental principles of constitutional law.


IE Law School also boasts faculty members who devote their research to other SDGs.

  • Johanna Jacobsson. Researches the liberalization of trade in services under the rules of the European Union and the World Trade Organization.
  • Michail Risvas. Specializes in the principle of non-discrimination in international economic law in order to promote a global partnership for sustainable development.
  • Antonio Aloisi. Works to protect labor rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all.
  • Sara Sanchez. Promotes corporate law as a way to foster economic growth.
  • Francisco Elizalde and Argyri Panezi. Leading researchers on law, technology, and the relationship between the two.


Through our alliances and partnerships with sustainability-focused organizations, we aim to promote awareness and research on the legal and regulatory aspects of sustainable development.