Professor Klaus Bosselmann

1st and 2nd State Examination in Law (Germany), Dr iur (FU Berlin)

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Klaus Bosselmann has been teaching in the areas of public international law, European law, constitutional law, jurisprudence and comparative and international environmental law. His research focus is on the conceptual and international dimensions of environmental law and governance. He is particularly interested in sustainability ethics with respect to climate change, biodiversity, justice, human rights, legislation, democracy and international law.

Klaus has been the Director of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law since its establishment in 1999. As Chair of the Ethics Specialist Group of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, he currently coordinates a number of international research collaborations in the area of sustainability law and governance. Klaus also has an active role in projects and annual conferences of the Global Ecological Integrity Group and several other professional networks. He has authored or edited 25 books on environmental law, political ecology, and sustainability law and governance; his numerous articles appeared in many of the world’s leading law journals. In 2009, he was the Inaugural Winner of the Senior Scholarship Prize of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, the global body of environmental law scholars.

Research | Current

  • Global environmental constitutionalism
  • International and Comparative Environmental Law
  • Governance of the commons
  • NZ constitutional development
  • Human rights and the environment

Teaching | Current

Global Environmental Law (undergraduate and postgraduate)

Law and Society  

Global Challenges-Sustainable Futures



Postgraduate supervision

My past and current PhD students have been working in the areas of climate change, biodiversity, environmental governance and aspects of ecological legal theory and international jurisprudence. Prospective PhD students are advised that I am primarily interested in supervising research in the following areas: global environmental law and governance, environmental constitutionalism, ecological legal theory and methodology of environmental law. If you are interested in PhD research, please contact me per email with your short CV and brief outline of your idea. I will then discuss your research idea and guide you through the further process.  

Areas of expertise

Environmental Law, Global Environmental Law and Governance, Constitutionalism, Legal Theory

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Bosselmann, K. (2017). The principle of Sustainability: Transforming law and governance (2nd). Abingdon, Oxon United Kingdom: Routledge. Pages: 270.
  • Bosselmann, K. (2016). A Normative Approach to Environmental Governance: Sustainability at the apex of environmental law. In D. Fisher (Ed.) Research Handbook on Fundamental Concepts of Environmental Law (pp. 30-70). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Bosselmann, K. (2016). Conclusion: Governing the commons - can states be trustees?. In L. Westra, J. Gray, D'Aloia A (Eds.) The common good and ecological integrity: Human rights and the support of life (pp. 267-283). Routledge.
  • Bosselmann, K. (2015). Earth Governance: Trusteeship of the Global Commons. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. Pages: 316. Related URL.
  • Bosselmann, K. (2015). National Strategies for Sustainability: Options for New Zealand. Auckland: New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law University of Auckland. Pages: 183. Related URL.
  • Bosselmann, K., Westra, L., & Soskolne, C. (Eds.) (2011). Globalisation and Ecological Integrity in Science and International Law. Cambridge/UK: Cambridge Scholars Publ. Pages: 420.
  • Bosselmann, K., Engel, R., & Westra, L. (Eds.) (2010). Democracy, Ecological Integrity and International Law. Cambridge/UK: Cambridge Scholars. Pages: 520.
  • Bosselmann, K., Fogel, K., & Ruhl, J. B. (Eds.) (2010). The Law and Politics of Sustainability, Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability vol. 3. Gt. Barrington/USA: Berkshire. Pages: 512.

Contact details

Primary location

1-11 SHORT STREET - Bldg 810
Level 7, Room 735
New Zealand

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