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Jaap Spier (1950) graduated from Erasmus University (Rotterdam) in 1973. He was attorney at the Rotterdam Bar until 1977, lecturer of private law, Leyden ersity (1977-1981), company lawyer Unilever NV (1982-1989) and professor of private law, Tilburg University (1989-1999; after appointment in the Supreme Court part time).



Between September 1997-September 2016, he served as Advocate-General in the Supreme Court of the Netherlands (equivalent to Supreme Court Justice). He held an honorary chair at Maastricht University (1999-2016; currently emeritus). Since his retirement, he has held an honorary chair at the University of Amsterdam (from September 2016) and an extraordinary chair at University of Stellenbosch (from 1 July 2016). Jaap is senior fellow Global Justice Program, Yale University.

He received a PhD (Doctor iuris), Leyden University 1981.

Jaap is founder and honorary President of the European Group on Tort Law and cofounder (with Prof. Thomas Pogge, Yale University) of an expert group working on climate change principles (this group launched the Oslo Principles; he served as rapporteur), and co-founder of the Expert group on Principles on Climate Obligations of Enterprises (reporter and author of the commentary). He is fellow of European Institute for Tort and Insurance Law (ECTIL), Vienna.

Since 8th August 2019 he is senior associate of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Jaap is (co-) author or editor of 29 books and hundreds of articles and case notes on tort law and legal aspects of climate change.

 Jaap   Spier
Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership