Urban Legal Network

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ULN aims to become a leading global Network that promotes the exchange of urban legal knowledge in the field of urban development. The unit is hosted by the GLTN and facilitated by UN-Habitat’s Urban Legislation Unit.

Why Urban Law?

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Children peep through a window in Aceh, Indonesia. 2006 © UN-Habitat

The urban environment is extremely complex, being the focusof human economic, social and political activity throughout the world. Any decision on its management can have a profound impact for millions. However, these decisions can be extremely challenging, often involving conflicting individual and collective interests.

The urban environment is extremely complex, being the focus of human economic, social and political activity throughout the world. Any decision on its management can have a profound impact for millions

As a result, law plays a fundamental role in the management and development of the urban environment. It sets the ‘rules of the game’ for all interested actors. It promotes accountability and provides the basis of stability and predictability in decision-making. Law is also one of the principal guarantors of liberty and equality, providing an opportunity to ensure that the vulnerable and disadvantaged are heard, considered and protected.

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