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Policy Action Networks (PANs)



COVID-19 has undoubtedly catalysed a defining period in our modern collective experience. We are exploring these complex relationships through our Global COVID-19 Policy Response (GCPR) Meta-Legal Research Initiative. We have built a growing and engaged transnational network of over 130 legal and policy professionals and systems-thinkers from 45 countries, meeting on research sprints on a weekly basis, building a global database of COVID-19 policy responses and sharing learnings through COVID-19 Country Spotlights into the variety and severity of lockdown policies, surveillance measures and economic and social relief packages worldwide.



Law is not a stand alone field, it is integrated and underpins every single social aspect of our lives. This legal complexity is exacerbated by reason of the sheer number of variables at play, interacting in a crunched period of time, the divers levels at which policy changes are being made (global, regional, national and local) and the variety of policy experimentation, policy implementers and bottom-up socio-cultural responses. This is why we have to explore and look at it through the lenses of complexity theory, cognition, and all possible meta-legal angles we might be able to observe with the processing power at hand. See the resources we’ve gathered and recommended authors you might keep an eye on!



Green criminology is an emerging branch of criminology involving the study of harms and crimes against the environment broadly conceived, including the study of environmental law and policy, the study of corporate crimes against the environment, and environmental justice from a criminological perspective. We have partnered with Stop Ecocide Foundation and Promise Institute for Human Rights to build the capacity and become a part of a global community of practice for policy entrepreneurship on green criminology and ecocide law at national levels.



The computation of the law will be a dominant vector over the next decade and as a Future Law Collaborative member, this should not be overlooked. Keeping an eye on emerging technology when its societal use, economic worth, and even technical design are still in flux is as crucial as extrapolation of the future developments from the myriad possibilities. From incremental improvements and automatisation of legal constructs, to concrete disruption of a status quo, technology unravels many new mysteries.

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As we progress with globalisation and many talk about the industrial revolution 4.0, we have to adapt consumption flows and design a legal framework that strongly supports Circular Economy (CE). We have to build the capacity for and advise corporations and public bodies on establishing the enabling conditions for the CE in a trans-jurisdictional manner, spanning CE policy progress in Europe, UK, US, Canada, Australia, Africa, Asia & the Caribbean and elsewhere. In order to gain clarity regarding legal context for production, consumption, waste management, use of secondary raw materials, we have build a Networked Community of Practice for CE innovation, procurement and investment strategy which are examined with reference to the latest, most path-breaking circular economy case studies from around the world.


Networked Community of Practice in Public Procurement

Public procurement is an under-represented area in strategic decision making discourses and yet it is the arena, where trillions of dollars of public sector money is spent, which is most vulnerable to corruption, fraud, waste and mismanagement and where the underlying economic philosophy of regions, nations and organisations is operationalised. At Future Law we believe that Public procurement law, policy and practice represents a high-leverage strategic intervention point to address failures in contemporary economic thinking. In this Community of Practice we focus on conducting action research, learning and knowledge-building in the following areas: (i) international trade and public procurement, (ii) corruption and access to information, (iii) procurement in times of crisis, (iv) Agenda 2030 and circular procurement law, policy and practice, (v) human rights, trade and supply chain management, and (vi) the intersection of technology, big data and the procurement function.