Hans Lindahl holds the chair of legal philosophy at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, and, per September 1, 2018, a chair of global law at the Law Department of Queen Mary University of London. He obtained law and philosophy degrees at the Universidad Javeriana, in Bogotá, Colombia, before taking a doctorate at the Higher Institute of Philosophy of the University of Louvain (Belgium) in 1994. He has worked since at Tilburg, first in the Philosophy Department, currently in the Law School. His primary areas of research are legal and political philosophy. Lindahl has published numerous articles in these fields. His monograph, Fault Lines of Globalization: Legal Order and the Politics of A-Legality, was published with Oxford University Press in 2013 (also published in Italian and Spanish translations). A follow-up monograph, Authority and the Globalisation of Inclusion and Exclusion, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in 2018. His current research is primarily oriented to issues germane to globalization processes, such as the concept of legal order in a global setting; the relation of boundaries to freedom, justice, and security; a politics of boundary-setting alternative to both cosmopolitanism and communitarianism; transformations of legal authority and political representation; immigration and global justice; collective identity and difference in the process of European integration. In dealing with these topics Lindahl draws on (post-)phenomenology and theories of collective action of analytical provenance, while also seeking to do justice to the nitty-gritty of positive law.
Lindahl is one of the directors of the collaborative PhD-program, Globalisation and legal theory, which welcomes PhD candidates from around the world to engage in critical thinking about globalization processes at the juncture between philosophy and law. He also coordinates, with Louise Du Toit, the research program, Boundaries and Legal Authority in a Global Context, sponsored by the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, South Africa.
Click here for the film of a talk by Lindahl at the University of Kent in Brussels.