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Goal 16 – Peace, justice and strong institutions

Legal aspects play a central role in the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. The research at the Department of Law with the strongest link to the goal of peace, justice and strong institutions is research into criminal and procedural law, AI and law, international law and various types of rights legislation.

Law can be used to build and uphold responsible, effective, inclusive and fair institutions that form the basis for what we call a state of law. With an effective state of law, all people’s equality before the law and access to justice can be ensured, and these are central issues in much of the School’s research into criminal and procedural law.

Law allows us to create rules and systems that aim to counteract violence, conflict and corruption. These rules are often formulated within the framework of criminal law, which is another example of how criminal law research addresses the goal of sustainability and peaceful and inclusive societies.

The use of artificial intelligence in a legal context, for example in legal decision-making, brings issues such as legal security, objectivity, transparency and efficiency to the fore. The Department of Law’s research within the field of AI and law is therefore also relevant to this sustainability goal.

EU law and other international law regarding intergovernmental and supranational relations is frequently based on objectives for sustainable relations and institutions. As a result, research in these areas often addresses the sustainability goal of peaceful and inclusive societies. Civil and social rights regulation is based on the goals of sustainable and inclusive societies, and research on rights law therefore often has a bearing on this sustainability goal.

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Peace, justice and strong institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Read more about goal 16.