My name is Phillip Paiement and I am the Professor of Law & Governance in the Anthropocene at Tilburg Law School. I received my PhD from Tilburg Law School in October 2015. Prior to that I completed an LLM in International Human Rights at Criminal Justice at Utrecht University and an MSt in Socio-Legal Research at Oxford University.


Since September 2022 I am the Principal Investigator in the ERC Starting Grant 2021 funded project 'TransLitigate: The Agency of Transnational Strategic Litigators in Global Environmental Governance'. The project combines doctrinal and qualitative socio-legal methods to study the transnational collaborative networks of strategic litigators work on climate change, pollution from the extractive industries, biodiversity conservation, and land conflicts. The project is situated within the broader Constitutionalizing in the Anthropocene research community at Tilburg Law School.

Previous to TransLitigate, my research focused on the role of social and environmental auditors and standard setting bodies in global sustainability governance. 


I have taught courses in the fields of jurisprudence, comparative law and legal theory in the LLB Rechtsgeleerdheid, LLB Global Law, (former) LLM Research Master in Law, and BA Liberal Arts programmes at Tilburg University. In 2018, I was named the 'Most Inspiring Lecturer' by the student body at Tilburg Law School. 

PhD Supervision:

Juan Li (completed in 2017) - The Practice of Property Rights in Rural China

Danse de Bondt (completed in 2023) - Alcohol, Clan Councils and Colloquial Understandings of the State in Rural Uganda

Ben Thompson (2018 - ongoing)

Rimma Grishmanovskaya (2019 - ongoing)

Recent publications

  1. The neocolonial violence of the 1.5°C threshold

    Auz Vaca, J. (Author), & Paiement, P. (Author). (2023). The neocolonial violence of the 1.5°C threshold. Web publication/site, Open Global Rights.
  2. Just transition politics without privilege? - How decarbonization is …

    Paiement, P. (2023). Just transition politics without privilege? How decarbonization is affecting labor and land rights in Latin America. Arts of the Working Class, (26), 25.
  3. Reimagining the energy corporation - Milieudefensie and others v Roya…

    Paiement, P. (2023). Reimagining the energy corporation: Milieudefensie and others v Royal Dutch Shell Plc. In D. Dam-de Jong, & F. Amtenbrink (Eds.), Netherlands yearbook of international law 2021 : A greener international law - International legal responses to the global environmental crisis (pp. 281-299). (Netherlands Yearbook of International Law; Vol. 52). T.M.C. Asser Press.
  4. What of litigation? - Domestic courts and lawmaking processes in tran…

    Paiement, P. (Accepted/In press). What of litigation? Domestic courts and lawmaking processes in transnational law. Journal of Transnational Law & Policy, 33.
  5. After COP26 - Appraising the transnational climate regime

    Webster, E., Paiement, P., & Anderson, R. (2023). After COP26: Appraising the transnational climate regime. Transnational Legal Theory, 13(2-3), 157-164.

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