Smart Legal Mechanisms for Sustainable Cities

Book of Proceedings of the III International Conference on Sustainable Development, April 19 - 23, 2017, Sarajevo, 165-170.

6 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2017

See all articles by Tiago de Melo Cartaxo

Tiago de Melo Cartaxo

Law School Cornwall, University of Exeter; Nova University of Lisbon, Faculty of Law and CEDIS - Centre for R&D on Law and Society; University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law and Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility; University of Surrey, School of Law and Environmental Regulatory Research Group

Miguel de Castro Neto

New University of Lisbon

Vânia Vassalo

New University of Lisbon

Date Written: April 19, 2017

Abstract

The reality of “smart cities” is being spread all over the world as an obvious acquis, once populations are more and more gathering in urban areas. According to most recent reports from the United Nations, the largest part of the world’s population lives within the territories of cities and, by 2050, these numbers may reach more than 70% of the inhabitants on the surface of Earth. The aggregation of people in small territories, such as megacities, represents a greater problem for present and future generations, once there are questions of health, pollution, safety or welfare that must be dealt with more effectiveness. Therefore, environmental and spatial planning laws and policies are a concern for political and judiciary powers. Public officers are, obviously, concerned with people’s well-being, balance between various factors and resources in the nature, efficient use of those resources, cohesion and territorial sustainability, the future of the world we live in and the guarantee of meeting the needs of future generations. Consequently, the mechanisms used for fostering the development of “smart cities” (which are to be sustainable, inclusive and resilient territories), such as the use of new technologies, open data, monitoring and public participation, must be adopted by legal systems in urban areas. Adaptive legal mechanisms will play the catalysing role of articulating the wide range of the traditionally idiosyncratic elements of cities. Adaptive, flexible, participated, perceptive legal instruments are the most innovative secret for enhancing the future of people’s lives in smarter and more sustainable cities.

Keywords: Smart Cities, Adaptive Law, Sustainable Urbanism, Well-being

JEL Classification: K32

Suggested Citation

de Melo Cartaxo, Tiago and de Castro Neto, Miguel and Vassalo, Vânia, Smart Legal Mechanisms for Sustainable Cities (April 19, 2017). Book of Proceedings of the III International Conference on Sustainable Development, April 19 - 23, 2017, Sarajevo, 165-170., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3023288

Tiago De Melo Cartaxo (Contact Author)

Law School Cornwall, University of Exeter ( email )

Penryn Campus, University of Exeter,
Penryn, CO Cornwall TR10 9FE
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/law/cornwall/

Nova University of Lisbon, Faculty of Law and CEDIS - Centre for R&D on Law and Society ( email )

Campus de Campolide
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Lisboa, Lisboa 1099-032
Portugal

HOME PAGE: http://fd.unl.pt/

University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law and Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility ( email )

Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.louisville.edu/law

University of Surrey, School of Law and Environmental Regulatory Research Group ( email )

Frank Whittle Building (AB) Level 5
University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.surrey.ac.uk/errg/

Miguel De Castro Neto

New University of Lisbon ( email )

Lisbon, 1099-085
Portugal

Vânia Vassalo

New University of Lisbon ( email )

Lisbon, 1099-085
Portugal

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