About the CISDL
The mission of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) is to promote legal education relating to sustainable societies and the protection of ecosystems by advancing the understanding, development and implementation of international sustainable development law.
The CISDL is governed by a distinguished Board of Governors, and relies upon a roster of learned international advisors for guidance. The CISDL has a Senior Director, 9 Lead Counsel (leading six different legal research programmes, plus three with responsibility for cross-cutting governance and accountability initiatives) and senior research fellows (tenured professors, justices and senior legal professionals), legal research fellows (academics and legal professionals) and associate fellows (graduate and law students). It has a small international secretariat, based at the McGill Faculty of Law, University of Nairobi Faculty of Law, University of Chile Faculty of Law and University of Cambridge Faculty of Law.
CISDL members include learned jurists and scholars from all regions of the world, and a diversity of legal traditions. Through a competitive annual process, the CISDL selects Associate Fellows, Legal Research Fellows and Senior Research Fellows, who are holders of the associated privileges and obligations of membership.
As a result of its ongoing legal scholarship and research, the CISDL publishes books, articles, working papers and legal briefs in English, Spanish and French. The CISDL hosts academic workshops, dialogue sessions, legal expert panels parallel to international negotiations, law courses and seminar series, and conferences to further its legal research agenda. It provides instructors, lecturers and capacity-building materials for developing country governments and international organisations in national and international law in the field of sustainable development, and works with countries to develop national laws to implement international treaties in these areas.
CISDL Relationships with Key Partners
The CISDL collaborates closely with the Law Faculty of McGill University in engaging students and interested faculty members in sustainable development law research and scholarly initiatives. The CISDL also works in cooperation with a network of developing country faculties of law, and is developing closer ties with the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law through the LCIL and the Université de Montreal through the CERIUM. It has guidance from three multilateral treaty secretariats, the World Bank Legal Vice-Presidency, the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Development Programme. It maintains a memorandum of understanding with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO). Leading CISDL members serve as expert delegates on the International Law on Sustainable Development Committee of International Law Association.
With the International Law Association (ILA) and the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO), under the auspices of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UN CSD), CISDL chairs a Partnership Initiative, ‘International Law for Sustainable Development’ that was launched in Johannesburg at the 2002 World Summit for Sustainable Development, to build knowledge, analysis and capacity about international law on sustainable development.
The CISDL is based at 3644 Peel St., Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A1W9, in offices lent to it by the McGill University Faculty of Law by reason of the involvement of students, graduates and faculty members in its activities. The CISDL also has subsidiary offices at the University of Cambridge, the University of Costa Rica, and the University of Chile.