Why participate? 

The aim of UrbanLex is to serve as a tool to fill the knowledge gap that has formed around urban legislation and serve as a research tool for urban stakeholders at every level. We aim to cover the large majority of UN member states for themes of strategic interest and grow the database by implementing a population through regional hubs strategy. Partnerships with universities and research institutes will serve as the primary means to grow the database on an international scale and develop comparative research for normative and applied purposes. UrbanLex’s objective is to achieve the enhancement of the legal framework in urban areas by developing a research tool featuring urban legislation from all of the UN member states. UrbanLex serves to- 

  • Support the development of adequate urban legislation as a contribution to sustainable urban development;
  • Support the capacity of national, sub-national authorities and other Habitat Agenda partners in urban legislation;
  • Develop new knowledge, documenting existing good practices, identifying, piloting and adapting tools and implementing operational projects in relevant thematic areas;
  • Empower the citizens, giving them access to legislative materials.

Partnerships of UrbanLex 

To the UrbanLex’s objectives above, we have promoted the establishment of partnerships with academic institutions and networks, organizations from a wide range of demographics.  At present, the partnership exist within the context of the different UrbenLex programmes and these partners are at prominence at the international level and exchange their best practices, expertise and innovation in the field of urban legislation and development, and thus strengthen their respective territorial hub strategy. This collaboration has brought about greater sustainability, comprehensive outreach and continuity to the actions in support to UrbanLex. 

At present, our partners are: 

Laws.Africa is a non-profit organisation based in Cape Town, South Africa that digitises African legal information for public use. Laws.Africa's goal is to improve free, public access to high-quality, up-to-date African law. Laws.Africa manages and maintains a collection of machine-readable African legislation and makes PDF copies broadly available for free under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. 

The Faculty of Law of the North-West University is committed to equipping law students with the knowledge, ethics and skills that they will need in their professional lives, and also to expand the science of law through the participation of the research staff and postgraduate students in the service of justice and democracy.  The Faculty also hosts the South African Research Chair in Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability (CLES) which is a project of its Research Unit focused on Law, Justice and Sustainability. CLES is devoted to research on the intersection between local government and environmental law and governance and its main objective is to generate and deliver on high quality scholarly research in this field.

The School of Law is committed to defending the constitution, protecting human rights and training skilled, ethical legal professionals who will ensure law is used to protect rather than abuse everyday South Africans. Based at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), the School of Law has a committed tradition of producing legal pioneers. The School houses three centres: the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), the Mandela Institute (MI) and the Wits Law Clinic. CALS which is focused on social justice and political transformation. They work predominantly in public interest law ensuring that government and commercial interests do not negatively impact the most vulnerable in South African society. MI focuses on policy research, public policy and capacity building in the fields of environmental law, extractives law, international arbitration and governance. The Wits Law Clinic offers free legal advice to the public and serves as practical legal training for the School’s final year students. 

The three main goals of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

Established in 2012, the Urban Law Center is committed to understanding and affecting the legal system's place in contemporary urban life. The Center, based at Fordham Law School’s Lincoln Center campus in the heart of New York City, seeks to elevate and advance urban law as a unified field and to serve as a premier resource for urban law scholars, practitioners, advocates, students, policymakers, and community members.

CNJUR INTERNATIONAL is an organization specialized in planning legislation around the world. It aims to lay the foundations for a new way of conceiving and applying the law and rights in cities and metropolitan areas in an interdisciplinary exercise and considering the territory as a unitary object of legal regulation. We intend to  influence directly in policy making, legislative and judicial decisions at etiher global and local levels through research, events, publications, conferences, and litigating cases exercise, education, vocational training and participation in national, regional and international events.

International Islamic University Malaysia, is a highly regarded academic institution, one of the prominent universities in Malaysia. The university’s uniqueness lies in its philosophy and curricula, which combine rigorous academic programmes with Islamic social and moral values. 

Istanbul Technical University (ITU) is state university renowned for its higher education in the faculties of civil engineering, architecture, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering in Turkey. 

Renmin University of China (RUC) is a comprehensive research university, focuses on humanities, social sciences, information technology, and environmental sciences and is one of the country’s leading producers of research results in these fields. 

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) is an academic institution attached to the University of London, serving all universities through its national legal research library. IALS conducts research, promotes and facilitate research and scholarship at an advanced level across the whole field of law.