About

Louis Kotzé is Research Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, North-West University, South Africa where he teaches International and African Regional Environmental Law in the structured LLM programme. He is also Senior Professorial Fellow in Earth System Law at the University of Lincoln, United Kingdom. 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 160 publications on these themes.

Recent books include: 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);  Research Handbook on Law, Governance and Planetary Boundaries (with Duncan French-Edward Elgar, 2021). He is assistant editor of the journal Earth System Governance; a Senior Fellow of the Earth System Governance Network;  and co-convenor of the Network’s Taskforce on Earth System Law. 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. He has been awarded the Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellowship for 2022 at the Potsdam Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies.