Tim Lindgren

PhD Candidate

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Tim Lindgren is a PhD candidate at Melbourne Law School and a member of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities (IILAH). In 2022, he is also a visiting scholar at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge.

He researches and teaches in international law, and is located within the broader field of law and the humanities. He is particularly concerned with international law and the environment, peoples’ tribunals, colonialism and the performance of law in informal spaces, including histories of development and international law. His doctoral project examines the International Rights of Nature Tribunal, and the relationship between the Tribunal and international law.

He has taught and lectured in areas of international law, international human rights law, international environmental law and cultural legal studies at Melbourne Law School, the University of Oxford, The New School in New York, Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Adelaide Law School and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He has been a returning faculty member for the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights in Oxford and New York (2018 and 2019), and a Teaching Fellow at Melbourne Law School (2020 and 2021).

Tim is an Assistant Editor for the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment. He has published articles, book chapters and essays with the Griffith Law Review, the Journal of Postcolonial Studies, the International Journal of Human Rights, Critical Legal Thinking, the Journal of World Systems Research and Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, amongst others. In 2019, Tim also contributed to Friends of the Earth Australia’s economic justice collective legal team. Prior to commencing his doctorate, Tim competed in the Alpine World Cup and European Cup for the Swedish Alpine National Team for several years.

He holds a BA in Global Studies (Summa Cum Laude) from Westminster College, and a Master in International Law (Distinction) from the School of Oriental Studies (SOAS), where he was awarded Best Overall Course Performance for Master in International Law.

Thesis Title

The International Rights of Nature Tribunal and International Law

Thesis Summary

Peoples’ Tribunals have become a popular form of dissent on the international arena. In the traditional story, peoples’ tribunals are treated a spaces of politics for better law. In this thesis, I follow an intuition that peoples’ tribunals do more on the international legal domain.

My thesis explores the International Rights of Nature Tribunal, treating it as a novel space of international law-making. With its own statute and source of law, my enquiry considers how this peoples’ tribunal assembles and authorises itself as an international legal institution alongside the formal international legal order. It asks what this institution might tell us about international law, and what kind of law and environmental relationships it invites us to live by on the international domain. Each chapter addresses a thematic issue central to international law. The project tells a story about dissent and prefigurative politics, and about international legal practices and procedures that differ in form and normative substance to those of the Westphalian international legal order. In doing so, it also tells a story about the form and formation of international law.


  • International Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Law and the Environment
  • Law and the Humanities
  • Law in the Anthropocene
  • Critical Legal Theory
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Postdevelopment and Political Economy