Volker Mauerhofer holds Master degrees in Laws (1989-93), Natural Sciences (1992-99) and Ecological Economics (2002-03) and a Doctorate (1993-98) in Law. He is former Attorney-at-Law and former Senior Research Fellow as well as Visiting Professor at United Nations University/Japan after having taught and researched there for over two years. Currently he is a Lecturer at the University of Vienna, holding visiting researcher positions at Meiji University and Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan. He is member of different legal professional bodies including IUCN’s World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) and board member as well as auditor of the International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS). Editing currently several Special Issues, he is co-/author of already more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and held more than 120 presentations worldwide. Besides supervising students, he has executed academic and freelance research over 20 years in more than 50 countries.