Program on Law & Human Development

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Program on Law & Human Development

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Under the guidance of Faculty Director Professor Paolo Carozza and Program Director Christine Cervenak, the Program leads initiatives in research, teaching and service. These initiatives aim to:

  • Cultivate a vibrant academic community working on law and human development at Notre Dame and throughout the world;
  • Encourage emerging and established scholars to embark on new endeavors in this field;
  • Generate new and constructive ways of understanding and addressing some of the most challenging and urgent problems facing the human community worldwide; and
  • Form Notre Dame Law School graduates to be effective agents in advancing integral human development through through focused courses of study and experiential learning opportunities.

The Program’s research is guided by the overarching question: What is the role of law and justice in advancing or impeding the goals of integral human development? Applying an interdisciplinary approach, PLHD convenes scholars and practitioners from Notre Dame and throughout the world to explore this question in depth, welcomes Visiting Fellows from other institutions, and supports innovative research on this issue.

PLHD’s work is focused around four “clusters” of priority themes:

  • Development of the human community —how law can advance the relationship of the universal common good to the local communities in which integral development takes shape, such as families, neighborhoods, and cities, including questions of demographics, population, and migration;
  • Human development in the economic sphere —how law can foster integral development through the legal structuring of networks of production and exchange, including the regulation of finance and capital, trade, labor, and socially responsible business activities;
  • Responsible stewardship of natural resources —the role of law in achieving sustainable and equitable use of the worlds’ natural assets and the environment generally; and
  • Health and technology —the legal dimensions of global efforts to protect and promote the physical well-being and integrity of all human persons, including through advances in science and technology.
    Across all of these thematic areas, the PLHD maintains a sustained interest in deepening our understanding of the theoretical foundations of integral human development, and in identifying the distinctive insights and resources that can be drawn from Catholic social and intellectual traditions.

Across all of these thematic areas, the PLHD maintains a sustained interest in deepening our understanding of the theoretical foundations of integral human development, and in identifying the distinctive insights and resources that can be drawn from Catholic social and intellectual traditions.

Each academic year, the Program identifies a timely issue in law and human development as its main thematic interest, shaping the principal initiatives of the Program, including research projects and publications, seminars and lectures, and visiting scholars. The Annual Theme for 2011-12 is Migration, Law and Human Development. Read 2011-12 Annual Theme Concept Paper.