Towards a high-level Political Declaration – A search for building blocks
Open rules leave it entirely to courts how to interpret and apply rules. A combination of general an...
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Jaap Spier graduated from Erasmus University (Rotterdam) in 1973. He was attorney at the Rotterdam Bar, lecturer of private law, Leyden university, company lawyer Unilever and professor of private law, Tilburg University.
Between 1997- 2016 he served as Advocate-General in the Supreme Court of the Netherlands. He held honorary chairs at Maastricht University, and the University of Amsterdam and currently an extraordinary chair at the University of Stellenbosch. Jaap is senior associate of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, senior fellow Global Justice Program, Yale University, Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of ClimLaw (University of Graz) and honorary President of the (Dutch) Association for Liability Law and the Law of Damages (VASR).
He received a PhD, Leyden University.
Jaap is founder and honorary President of the European Group on Tort Law, co-founder and reporter of an expert group that issued the Oslo Principles and co-founder of the Expert group on Principles on Climate Obligations of Enterprises (reporter and author of the commentary of the first and second (majorly updated) edition of the Principles on Climate Obligations of Enterprises.
Jaap has extensively published on tort law and legal aspects of climate change.