center for sustainable justice

Alexander de Savornin Lohman

Alexander F. de Savornin Lohman promotes the values of social sustainability in law and justice. He emphasizes that courts and judicial officers can function more constructive and effective by including values of social sustainability in their focus. Courts can achieve outcomes that improve inter-humane relationships and social networks rather than riskening to worsen them; they can contribute substantially to general social wellbeing by adopting socially sustainable values.


Lohman is a worldwide legal inspirer and initiator and stimulator of justice innovation. He is co-founder and content developer of the International Foundation for Sustainable Justice. Lohman, a civil legal attorney for 40 years, participated actively in the Dutch sustainability think tank of the Club of Rome (Erasmus Liga, presently the Club of Rome Netherlands) during 15 years.


This think tank inspired him to integrate values of social sustainability in the legal practice and conflict resolution. During a sabbatical trip to Australia, New Zealand and the USA in 2007 and 2008, he came into contact with successful ‘new’ forms of court justice that appeared to have integrated values of sustainability. He discovered that courts have a potential as catalysts for the pursuit of a social sustainability in society. He sees justice as a key component in the pursuit of a sustainable society.


Lohman is a regular speaker at international conferences. He initiates academic and professional discussions and expert meetings and maintains a large network of international and intercultural contacts all over the world.