2009 Environmental Law Scholarship Awards

On November 4th, the Academy announced the two winners of the inaugural year of its Annual Scholarship Prize at the Colloquium in Wuhan, China. The Prizes were awarded to Professor Christina Voigt and Professor Klaus Bosselmann.

The Prizes, announced during the week-long Colloquium, were awarded to Professor Christina Voigt of the University of Oslo, Norway and to Professor Klaus Bosselmann of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Professor Voigt received the award as Best Researcher in the category of Environmental Law Academic with less than 10 years of experience since attaining their first law degree and Professor Bosselmann was recognized as Best Researcher in the category an Environmental Law Academic with more than 10 years of experience.

The announcements were made by Professor Willemien du Plessis of North-West University in South Africa, as co-chair of the Academy’s Research Committee and Professor Rob Fowler, Chair of the Academy’s Governing Board. Both noted that the two scholars had been recognized for: originality and intellectual influence of their scholarship, international significance of their scholarship, enhancement of research collaboration among scholars and persons from different institutions and regions and advancement of the aims of the IUCN Academy.

Although neither Professor Bosselmann nor Professor Voigt were able to take part in the Wuhan Colloquium, their colleagues, Professor David Grinlinton and Professor Hans Christian Bugge, respectively, graciously accepted the award on behalf of the two recipients. It is worth noting that both scholars have been active participants in activities and events of the IUCN Academy.

In addition to forwarding a letter of congratulations to the award winners and their deans, we are pleased to profile both of them on the website.


Dr Klaus Bosselmann

Dr Klaus Bosselmann, born in Germany, is Professor of Law and since 1999 Director of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law at the University of Auckland. He previously taught at the Free University Berlin and was a co-founder of Germany’s first Institute for Environmental Law in Bremen. He was a visiting professor at leading universities in the United States, Brazil, Italy, Sweden and Germany. Klaus provided consultancy for the OECD, UNEP, EU, and the governments of Germany and New Zealand and was a delegate at the Earth Summits in Rio de Janeiro (1992) and Johannesburg (2002). He is a member of the International Law Association, the Global Ecological Integrity Group, the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law and the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, currently chairing its Ethics Specialist Group. Klaus has a special interest in conceptual issues of sustainability law and governance incl. ethics, principles, and convergence of international and national law. He has authored or edited eighteen books, contributed numerous book chapters and published over 60 articles in academic journals.

His recent books include The Principle of Sustainability: Transforming Law and Governance, Ashgate Publ., Aldershot/UK (2008); Governance for Sustainability - Issues, Challenges and Successes, IUCN Environmental Law and Policy Series Vol.70, Bonn/Germany (jointly with R. Engel and P. Taylor, 2008); Reconciling Human Existence and Ecological Integrity, Earthscan, London/UK (ed. with L. and R. Westra, 2008) and Global Environment: Problems and Policies, Atlantic Publ., New Delhi/India (ed. with K.Gupta and P.Mait, 2008). Among recent chapters in books are “Judiciary and Environmental Governance in New Zealand” in L.Kotze and A.Paterson (eds.), The Role of the Judiciary in Environmental Governance: Comparative Perspectives, Kluwer International (2009), 355-80; “Earth Charter” and “Environmental Ethics” in: Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, ed. by R. Wolfrum, Oxford University Press (2009) http://www.mpepil.com/ ; “Institutions for Global Governance”, in: C.Solskone (ed.), Sustaining Life on Earth: Environmental and Human Health through Global Governance, Lexington Books, Lanham, Maryland (2008), 9-25; “Jurisprudencia das Cortes Internacionais em Matéria Ambiental: fazendo a sustentabilidade valer” (“The Environmental Jurisprudence of International Tribunals: making sustainability count”), in: A. Daibert (ed.), Direito Ambiental Comparado, Editora Forum, Bela Horizonte/Brazil (2008), 323-46; “Poverty Alleviation and Environmental Sustainability through Improved Regimes of Technology Transfer”, in A. Joshi (ed.), Global Environmental Agreements: Insights and Implications, Icfai University Press, Hyderabad (2008) 118-42; “Carbon Neutrality and the Law”, in: N.Harré and Qu. Atkinson (eds.), Carbon Neutral by 2020: How New Zealanders can tackle climate change, Craig Potton Pub., (2008), 257-75.


Dr. juris Christina Voigt

Dr. juris Christina Voigt (Norway), LL.M. (Envir), is post doctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Department of Public and International law, University of Oslo, Norway. She also lectures at the University of Lund, Sweden. She obtained the First (Universität Passau, 1996) and Second (1999) German Legal State Examination, holds a Master of Laws in Environmental Law, LL.M. (Envir), from the University of Auckland, New Zealand (2002), and received a doctorate in law from the University of Oslo (2007). She teaches international and national environmental law, climate change law and policy as well as public international law. Her post doctoral research focuses on ‘Safeguarding the Environmental Integrity of the Global Carbon Market – The Example of the CDM’. Currently, Christina is on leave from her position at the University of Oslo to work for the Norwegian Government’s International Climate and Forest Initiative and the climate negotiating team at the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment.

Her recent publications include her book ‘Sustainable Development as a Principle of International Law - Resolving Conflicts between Climate Measures and WTO Law’ (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2009), and several articles: ‘Sustainable Security’, 19 Yearbook of International Environmental Law 2008 (forthcoming in 2009), 163-196; ‘Responsibility for Environmental Integrity of the CDM: Judicial Review of EB Decisions’, in: D. Freestone and C. Streck (eds.) Legal Aspects of Carbon Trading: Kyoto, Copenhagen and Beyond (Oxford University Press: 2009); ‘The Deadlock of the Clean Development Mechanism: Caught between Sustainability, Environmental Integrity and Economic Efficiency’, in: B. Richardson, S. Wood, H. McLeod-Kilmurray and Y. Le Bouthillier (eds.) Climate Law and Developing Countries: Legal and Policy - Challenges for the World Community (Edward Elgar: forthcoming in 2009); ‘Environmental Integrity and Non-Discrimination in the Norwegian Emissions Trading Scheme’, 18 Review of European Community and International Environmental Law 3 (11/2009). ‘Security in a ‘Warmer World’: Competences of the UN Security Council for Preventing Dangerous Climate Change’, in: C. Bailliet (ed.) Security: A Multidisciplinary Normative Approach (Brill Publishers, Leiden: 2009); ‘State Responsibility and Climate Change Damages’ (2008) 77 Nordic Journal of International Law Nr.1-2, 1-22; ‘Climate Change and the Mandate of Sustainable Development’ in: H. Ch. Bugge and Ch. Voigt (eds.) Sustainable Development in National and International Law – What did the Brundtland Report do to Legal Thinking and Development (2008) Europa Law Publishing, 545-572; ‘WTO Law and International Emissions Trading: Is there Potential for Conflict?’ (2008) 1 Carbon & Climate Law Review, 52-64. Reprinted in: (2008) 4 Environmental Liability, 136-147; ’Is the Clean Development Mechanism Sustainable? Some Critical Aspects’ (2008) 8 Sustainable Development Law an Policy 2, 15-22.