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: 

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.