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Macquarie Law School

Honorary Associate

Adjunct Professor Benjamin J. Richardson

Benjamin Richardson

Position: Professor of Environmental Law, University of Tasmania
Tel: + 61 3 6226 7571


A graduate of Macquarie University, Professor Richardson has had nearly 20 years of experience working in law schools in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Canada. Since early 2011, he has held the Senior (tier 1) Canada Research Chair in Environmental Law & Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. Earlier, he was a Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto (2003-10) and before then he lectured at the law faculties of the University of Manchester (1999-2002) and the University of Auckland (1996-99). 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. Global recognition of his scholarship includes earning the Research Excellence Prize (2010) from the UN Principles for Responsible Investment Academic Network, and jointly winning the Senior Scholarship Prize (2012) of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law.


BA LLB (Macquarie), PhD (Australian National University)

Teaching Responsibilities 

HDR supervision and teaching in the areas of corporate social responsibility, environmental law and policy, and Indigenous peoples and the law.

Research Interests

Aboriginal legal issues, corporate social responsibility, environmental law and policy, fiduciary and trusts law, international and transnational law, legal theory, and socially responsible investment governance.

Selected Other Academic & Professional Activities

  1. Associate, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia.
  2. Associate Editor, Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment, published by Taylor & Francis.
  3. Member, Advisory Board, Canadian Business Ethics Research Network.
  4. Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Transnational Environmental Law, published by Cambridge University Press.
  5. Member, Editorial Committee, Global Journal of Comparative Law, published by Brill - Martinus Nijhoff.
  6. Member, National Environmental Law Association, Australia.
  7. Member, Network for Sustainable Financial Markets.
  8. Member, Responsible Investing Initiative - Community & University Research Alliance, Canada.
  9. Member, UN Principles of Responsible Investment Academic Network.
  10. Member, World Commission on Environmental Law.
  11. Formerly, Elected Representative for North America on the Governing Board, IUCN Academy of Environmental Law (2010-12).
  12. Formerly, Co-chair of the Research Committee, IUCN Academy of Environmental Law (2007-09).

Selected Representative Publications

  • Fiduciary Law and Responsible Investing: In Nature's Trust (Routledge: London, 2013); 334 pp. (sole author)
  •  "Socially Responsible Investing Through Voluntary Codes" in Pierre-Marie Dupuy and Jorge E. ViƱuales (eds), Harnessing Foreign Investment for Environmental Protection: Incentives and Safeguards (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2013): 383-414.
  • Local Climate Change Law: Environmental Regulation in Cities and Other Localities (Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham, 2012); 401 pp. (sole editor and chapter author).
  • "Fiduciary and Other Legal Duties" in Kent Baker and John R. Nofsinger (eds), Socially Responsible Finance and Investing (John Wiley & Sons: New York, 2012): 69-87.
  • "Fiduciary Relationships for Socially Responsible Investing: A Multinational Perspective" American Business Law Journal (2011) 48(3): 597-640.
  • "What Ever Happened to Canadian Environmental Law?" Ecology Law Quarterly (2011) 37(4): 981-1040 (co-author with Stepan Wood and Georgia Tanner).
  • Climate Law and Developing Countries: Legal and Policy Challenges for the World Community (Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham, 2009); 424 pp. (principal co-editor and chapter author, with Yves Le Bouthillier, Heather McLeod-Kilmurray and Stepan Wood).
  • "Climate Finance and its Governance: Moving to a Low Carbon Economy through Socially Responsible Financing?" International and Comparative Law Quarterly (2009) 58(3): 597-626.
  • Indigenous Peoples and the Law: Comparative and Critical Perspectives (Hart Publishing: Oxford, 2009): xiv; 432 pp. (principal co-editor and chapters author, with Shin Imai and Kent McNeil).
  • "Keeping Ethical Investment Ethical: Regulatory Issues for Investing for Sustainability" Journal of Business Ethics (2009) 87(4): 555-572.
  • Socially Responsible Investment Law: Regulating the Unseen Polluters (Oxford University Press: New York, 2008): 600 pp.  (sole author )
  • "Financing Sustainability: The New Transnational Governance of Socially Responsible Investment" Yearbook of International Environmental Law (Oxford University Press) (2007) 17: 73-110.
  • Environmental Law for Sustainability (Hart Publishing: Oxford, 2006): 487 pp. (co-editor and chapters author, with Stepan Wood).
  • "Financing Environmental Change: A New Role for Canadian Environmental Law" McGill Law Journal (2004) 49(1): 145-202.
  • "The UK's Climate Change Levy: Is It Working?" Journal of Environmental Law (2003) 15(1): 39-58 (co-author, with Kiri Chanwai).
  • Environmental Regulation through Financial Organisations: Comparative Perspectives on the Industrialised Nations (Kluwer Law: The Hague, 2002): viii, 407 pp. (sole author)
  •  "Environmental Law in Postcolonial Societies: Straddling the Local - Global Institutional Spectrum" Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy (2000) 11(1): 1-82.
  • Environmental Justice and Market Mechanisms: Key Challenges for Environmental Law and Policy (Kluwer Law: London, 1999): 354 pp. (co-editor and chapters author, with Klaus Bosselmann).