Louis Kotzé is Research Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, North-West University, South Africa. He is also Senior Professorial Fellow in Earth System Law at the University of Lincoln, United Kingdom. His research concentrates on global environmental law, with a specific emphasis on its intersecting formal/governance and substantive aspects at national, regional, international and transnational levels. His research broadly encompasses three interrelated themes that he approaches from a transnational perspective: human rights, socio-ecological justice and environmental constitutionalism; law and the Anthropocene; and Earth system law.

He has over 140 publications on these themes. Recent books include: Research Handbook on Human Rights and the Environment (with Anna Grear-Edward Elgar, 2015); Global Environmental Constitutionalism in the Anthropocene (Hart, 2016); Environmental Law and Governance for the Anthropocene (Hart, 2017); Sustainable Development Goals: Law, Theory and Implementation (with Duncan French-Edward Elgar, 2018). He is assistant editor of Earth System Governance. In 2016 he obtained a second PhD at Tilburg University, Netherlands, and has been awarded a European Commission Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Fellowship to lead a research project during 2018-2019 at the University of Lincoln titled: Global Ecological Custodianship-Innovative International Environmental Law for the Anthropocene (GLEC-LAW).