Dr Klaus Bosselmann, born in Germany, is Professor of Law and since Foundational Director of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law at the University of Auckland. He previously taught at the Freie Universität Berlin and was a co-founder of Germany's first Institute for Environmental Law in Bremen. He was a visiting professor at leading universities in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Italy, Malta, Sweden, Hungary and Germany. He provided consultancy for the OECD, UNEP, EU, and the governments of Germany and New Zealand and was a delegate at the Earth Summits in Rio de Janeiro (1992), Johannesburg (2002) and Rio de Janeiro (2012). He is an executive member of a number of international professional organisations and Chair of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law Ethics Specialist Group.
With his work on legal theory, political ecology, human rights and global constitutionalism Klaus has, since the mid 1980's, pioneered the field of ecological jurisprudence and sustainability law. He has authored or edited 25 books, contributed numerous book chapters and published over 70 articles in academic journals. Among his prize-winning books are Im Namen der Natur (1992), When Two Worlds Collide (1995), Ökologische Grundrechte (1998), Umwelt und Gerechtigkeit (2001) and The Principle of Sustainability (2008). In 2009, he became the inaugural Winner of the Senior Scholarship Prize of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, the world's professional body of environmental law scholarship.
Some of his recent books include The Law and Politics of Sustainability, Berkshire Publ., Gt. Barrington/USA, 2011 (ed. with D. Fogel and J.B. Ruhl, 2011), Globalisation and Ecological Integrity in Science and International Law Democracy, Cambridge Scholars Publ., Cambridge/UK (ed. with L. Westra and C. Soskolne, 2011); Water Rights and Sustainability, NZCEL Monograph Series, Auckland (ed. with V. Tava, 2011); The Earth Charter: A framework for global governance, KIT Publ., Amsterdam (ed. with R. Engel, 2010); Ecological Integrity and International Law, Cambridge Scholars Publ., Cambridge/UK (ed. with R. Engel and L. Westra, 2010); Strong Sustainability for New Zealand: principles and scenarios, Nakedize Publ., Auckland (co-author, 2009); The Principle of Sustainability: Transforming Law and Governance, Ashgate Publ., Aldershot/UK (2008); Governance for Sustainability - Issues, Challenges and Successes, IUCN Environmental Law and Policy Series Vol.70, Bonn/Germany (jointly with R. Engel and P. Taylor, 2008); Reconciling Human Existence and Ecological Integrity, Earthscan, London/UK (ed. with L. and R. Westra, 2008) and Global Environment: Problems and Policies, Atlantic Publ., New Delhi/India (ed. with K.Gupta and P.Mait, 2008).
Klaus Bosselmann, PhD
Professor of Law
Faculty of Law
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Phone: 62-9-3737599 ext.87827