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Klaus Bosselmann

Professor Klaus Bosselmann, PhD is a Board Member at NZCGS. His area of academic expertise lies in conceptual, international and comparative issues of environmental law and governance from an ecological (ecocentric) perspective (e.g. sustainability, Earth system approach, Earth trusteeship).

Klaus is the Director of New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law (NZCEL), Faculty of Law, University of Auckland; Chair of the Ecological Law and Governance Association (ELGA); Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law Ethics Specialist Group; Co-Chair of the Global Ecological Integrity Group; Co-Chair of theScientific Committee, Common Home of Humanity (CHH); Chair of the Earth Trusteeship Initiative (ETI); Knowledge Network Expert of the UN General Assembly Dialogue “Harmony with Nature” and Legal Expert of the Global Pact for the Environment.

Klaus’ current projects include:

“Nation State and Earth Trusteeship: Advancing the concept of state sovereignty” (NZCEL project, 2019-21);

“Global Pact for the Environment in the context of the Anthropocene” (joint project of CHH, ELGA, ETI, Global Voice, Planetary Accounting Network and Platform on Global Security, Justice & Governance Reform and others, 2020-);

“The Hague Principles for a Universal Declaration on Responsibilities for Human Rights and Earth Trusteeship” (adopted 10 Dec 2018; joint initiative of international human rights, indigenous rights and environmental organisations).

Klaus is a former Professor of Law, Free University Berlin; former OECD Expert Group on Key Terms of Environmental Law (1981-83); former Legal Expert Earth Charter Drafting Committee (1997-2000); consultancies for UNEP, OECD, EU, German Environmental Protection Agency and several national governments; co-opted member of the Sustainability Council in Germany and co-founder Greens in Germany (1980) and in New Zealand (1990).

Some of Klaus’ recent publications include:

The Perspective of Ecological Integrity in Science and Law, co-edited with L. Westra and M. Fermeglia, Springer 2020

The Crisis in Global Ethics and the Future of Global Governance, co-edited with K. Anker and P. Burdon, Edward Elgar, 2020

Ecological Integrity and Land Use, co-edited with L.Westra and V.Zambrano, Nova Science, 2019

The Principle of Sustainability: Transforming Law and Governance, 2nd ed., Routledge, 2017

Ecological Approaches to Environmental Law, co-edited with P. Taylor, Edward Elgar, 2017

Earth Governance: Trusteeship of the Global Commons, Edward Elgar, 2015

National Strategies for Sustainability, e-book, 2014

Klaus can be contacted via email at [email protected]