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Prof. Dr. Jaap Spier (1950) has been appointed professor of Law and Global Challenges at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Law. Prof. Spier will hold an honorary part-time chair that is part of the UvA’s Bachelor’s in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE), a small, select and interdisciplinary programme.

Prof Jaap Spier, Law and Global Challenges
Photo: Dirk Gillissen

Jaap Spier is specialised in liability law. As professor of Law and Global Challenges, his chief objective will be to map the specific legal and moral obligations of the most important players in the public and private sector concerning global challenges such as climate change and plastic debris in the world’s oceans. The aim is to articulate these obligations in the form of ‘Principles’ together with students and eminent external experts.

Spier was advocate general in the Dutch Supreme Court until 1 September 2016 and honorary professor at Maastricht University until 4 March 2016. Prior to this, he was a fulltime professor at Tilburg University. Spier is the founder and honorary president of the European Group on Tort Law. In 2015, he became the co-founder of the working committee responsible for drafting the ‘Oslo Principles on Global Climate Change Obligations’. He has published numerous books and academic papers in the field of liability law, insurance law and private law. Since 2000, his primary focus has been on global sustainability issues, particularly climate change.