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Benjamin Richardson

Professor of Environmental Law, University of Tasmania

Professor Richardson is a scholar of environmental law who holds a joint professorial appointment with the UTAS Faculty of Law and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. After completing his studies at Macquarie University and the Australian National University, he worked abroad for over 18 years in law faculties in Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Most recently, he was at the University of British Columbia where he held the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Law and Sustainability and was Director of the Centre for Law and the Environment. Prior to working in academia, Professor Richardson had stints in policy and consultancy roles for the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service in Sydney and the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) in Kathmandu and Nairobi.

Professor Richardson’s scholarship is diverse, including climate change law, socially responsible investment, corporate social responsibility, and Aboriginal legal issues. Global recognition of Professor Richardson’s work includes earning the Research Excellence Prize of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment Academic Network (in 2010) and the Senior Scholar Prize of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law (jointly, in 2012).

His publications include the books: Company Law and Sustainability (Cambridge University Press, 2015, with Beate Sjafjell), Fiduciary Law and Responsible Investing (Routledge, 2013), Local Climate Change Law (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012), Climate Law and Developing Countries (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2009, with Y. Le Bouthillier, H. McLeod-Kilmurray and S. Wood), Indigenous Peoples and the Law (Hart Publishing, 2009, with K. McNeil and S. Imai), Socially Responsible Investment Law (Oxford University Press, 2008), Environmental Law for Sustainability (Hart Publishing, 2006, with S. Wood), Environmental Regulation through Financial Organisatons (Kluwer, 2002), and Environmental Justice and Market Mechanisms (Kluwer, 1999, with K. Bosselmann).


  • 2014–present
    Professor of Environmental Law, University of Tasmania, Faculty of Law and Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
  • 2011–2014
    Canada Research Chair in Environmental Law & Sustainability, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law
  • 2003–2010
    Professor, York University, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • 1999–2002
    Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester, School of Law
  • 1996–1999
    Lecturer / Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland, Faculty of Law


  • 1996 
    Australian National University, PhD
  • 1991 
    Macquarie University, LLB BA(Hons)