Research at the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) aims at a critical understanding of international law and its progressive development.
International law significantly impacts on the everyday life of many people—whether they hope for protection through the laws of war, seek refuge from persecution, or buy products in Amsterdam whose production chain spans across the globe. International law aspires to contribute to a better world and, at the same time, is also part of present structures of injustice.
ACIL’s research thus aims at the progressive development of international law and at its effective rule. And in order to do that, it typically starts by critically reflecting on the roles that the law plays in its context, in the pursuit of justice and the perpetuation of injustice.
The life of the close to 7 billion people on the globe is vexed by a series of challenges—be it poverty, climate change or conflict, for example—that can hardly be tackled without international cooperation and the mechanisms of international law. The goals of a critical understanding and progressive development of the law are bound to require a plurality of methods and of formats, both fundamental and applied research, theoretical and practice-oriented work. One typically works better in proximity of the other. This is how the work at ACIL contributes to research of high academic impact and of societal relevance.
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