Tilburg Law School

Global Law Visiting Chair

Since 2013, Tilburg Law School has hosted an annual Chair in Global Law. The Global Law Chair is an annual rotating chair for scholars of international standing in the field of law who have a particular interest in the field of global law. As part of their tenure at Tilburg, each Chair holder hosts a workshop, in collaboration with Tilburg faculty, on a theme central to their research that pushes forward our understanding of law in a global era.

The Global Law Chair for 2017 is Professor Benjamin J. Richardson. Living on the Australian island of Tasmania, birthplace of the world’s first Green Party and many fascinating legal and political struggles over the natural environment, Benjamin J. Richardson is a Professor of Environmental Law at the University of Tasmania. Earlier, he held the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Law & Sustainability at the University of British Columbia, and before then academic positions at the law faculties of York University (Canada), the University of Manchester and the University of Auckland. Professor Richardson has expertise in diverse subjects including Indigenous peoples and the law, ethical investing, and corporate social responsibility. His 10 books include Socially Responsible Investment Law (Oxford University Press, 2008) and Environmental Law for Sustainability (Hart Publishing, 2006). Professor Richardson’s global recognition includes winning the Research Excellence Prize of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment Academic Network and the Senior Scholar Prize of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. He is a member of numerous professional and community groups, including the Australian Panel of Experts of Environmental Law, and he practices eco-stewardship on his Tasmanian sanctuary, Blue Mountain View.

On 16 January 2017, Prof. Richardson will deliver his inaugural lecture titled “Time matters to environmental law: the nature of time and the time of nature.” A brief description of the lecture can be found here. The lecture will take place from 10:30-12:30 in DZ003 on 16 January 2017.

Previous Global Chair holders

  • 2016 - Professor Amnon Lehavi (Radzyner School of Law & IDC Herzliya)
  • 2015 - Professor Jamal Seifi (Iran-US Claims Tribunal, Permanent Court of Arbitration)
  • 2014 - Professor David Nelken (King’s College London)
  • 2013 - Professor Peer Zumbansen (King's College London)