Implementing the Urban Law Agenda

Implementing the Urban Law Agenda
14 Jul 2017, 09:30 to 14 Jul 2017, 15:00
Conference / Symposium
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

The Urban Law Day

The Urban Law Day is a specialised forum aiming to bring together a multidisciplinary circle of academics and practitioners interested in urban legislation, including planners, architects, policy makers, economists, urbanists, and lawyers.

The purpose of the Urban Law Day is to facilitate discussion, the exchange of views, networking, and the presentation of new research findings or emerging issues. The fourth Urban Law Day will take place on 14 July 2017 at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (University of London) and will address specific legal issues linked to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.  


The New Urban Agenda was adopted by the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) on the 20th October 2016. The New Urban Agenda is a non-binding roadmap that sets policy objectives for environmental friendly which are engines of prosperity and centres of cultural and social well-being.  

Major commitments in the New Urban Agenda include the provision of basic services for all citizens in an equal and non-discriminatory way; respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; measures for cleaner cities; strengthened resilience and reduced risk and impact of disasters; actions to address climate change and reduced greenhouse gas emissions; respect for the rights of refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons; improved connectivity and support for innovative and green initiatives; and safe, accessible and green public spaces. 

National governments and local authorities are the main actors burdened with the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. The Agenda itself acknowledges that effective implementation requires an enabling environment and a wide range of means of implementation, including access to science, technology, and innovation and enhanced knowledge-sharing, capacity development and financial resources, international cooperation and partnerships. Effective implementation also requires urban rules and regulations and governance frameworks that actively promote these objectives. Legal and institutional frameworks play a central role to the extent that they are the means for implementing policies and are central to delivering the rights and protection that policy documents promise to individuals and groups. However, often the link between policy objectives and legislation, especially in highly complex areas like urban legislation and governance is not sufficiently clear.

Purpose and expected outcome of the Urban Law Day

The overall objective of the Urban Law Day is to highlight the links between policy objectives and commitments in the New Urban Agenda and the enabling legislative and governance frameworks required for their implementation.

The Urban Law Day will explore specific commitments related to human rights and governance and ways in which these can be realised.

Participants will be asked to share country experiences, challenges and ideas and to actively participate in discussion. 


09:30-09:50 - Registration
10:00 - Introduction & Welcome address from the IALS and UN-Habitat
Roundtable - Implementing commitments of the New Urban Agenda related to equity, inclusion, human rights, poverty & governance
10:00-10:20 - An overview of commitments in the New Urban Agenda related to human rights and governance, Robert Lewis-Lettington, UN–Habitat
10:20-10:40 - Human Rights commitments – what do they mean, how are they relevant for urban legislation and how can they be addressed? Maria Mousmouti, IALS
10:40-11:00 - Coffee break
11:00-11:20 - Commonwealth perspectives on urban governance, Steven Malby, Rule of Law Division, Commonwealth Secretariat
11:20-12:00 - UN-Habitat Regional and Country experiences from Angola, Thomaz Ramalho, Mozambique, Joost Möhlmann and Lebanon, Tarek Osseiran
12:00-13:00 - Q & A – Discussion
13:00-14:00 -


This event is free but advance booking is required:


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