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International Development Research @ Cambridge



This programme aims to democratise education on sustainable development law and policy and to strengthen capacity by developing online courses from the University of Cambridge and international partners. The Programme seeks to widen participation by making these online courses available worldwide to current and future law and policy leaders, and by convening and supporting global engagement and communities of practice.

The first four online short courses, which help learners to advance the implementation of crucial international agreements and address global sustainability challenges, include:

  • Key Essentials: The Sustainable Development Goals and the Law
  • Key Essentials: The Paris Agreement, Sustainable Development and the Law
  • Key Essentials: The Global Biodiversity Framework, Sustainable Development and the Law
  • Key Essentials: The Wealth Economy, Sustainable Development and the Law

Each short online course provides tailored modules of recorded instruction featuring renowned professors and experts in key fields, carefully curated open-access resources, PowerPoint summaries of key materials and brief assessments. Through live sessions, learners meet experts and course instructors and have the opportunity to engage with fellow members of their cohort, building and strengthening new communities of practice and professional networks worldwide.

Impact and major beneficiaries

The online courses are designed to benefit current and future law and policy leaders globally, especially in highly climate vulnerable and least developed countries. These online education opportunities are also open to those engaged in law and policy analysis, practice and reporting, including academics and students, government and inter-governmental officials and analysts, lawmakers, professionals and civil

society leaders. Through a global selection process, the courses are provided free of cost to successful applicants.


The Programme Team is led by University of Cambridge faculty and staff:

Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


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Learn about the support we provide 

Learn how Cambridge Global Challenges can support your research here.


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