Sustainability laws need teeth

15 December 2008

Professor Klaus Bosselmann has been a driving force behind the establishment of the Centre for Environmental Law at The University of Auckland and he is also its Director.

His expertise includes international and comparative environmental law, sustainability, hazardous substances, biotechnology and environmental policy and ethics. With his environmental law colleagues, Professor Bosselmann was responsible for inaugurating the successful law review New Zealand Journal of Environmental Law which celebrated its 11th anniversary in 2008. Through these initiatives he has brought together many people from different disciplines within the University and the community to advance a critically important subject – the contribution of law to national and global sustainability.

Professor Bosselmann has served as a consultant and advisor to numerous organisations around the world, is the author of more than 12 books and serves on numerous boards and councils. He is convenor of the Universitas 21 Environmental Law Network, the Ethics Specialist Group of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), and Chair of Earth Charter in New Zealand.

He recently gave his inaugural lecture, entitled Losing the Forest for the Trees: Reductionism of the environment in law and policy. An abstract of that lecture has been published in the New Zealand Herald and may be downloaded below:

Sustainability laws need teeth