Environmental Policy and Law

The journal for decision-makers

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50; 6 issues
Last issue (49:4-5) online on 24 January 2020
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Environmental Law, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Sciences
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This international journal is created to encourage the exchange of information and experience on all legal, administrative and policy matters relevant to the human and natural environment in its widest sense: air, water and soil pollution as well as waste management; the conservation of flora and fauna; protected areas and land-use control; development and conservation of the world's non-renewable resources. In short, its coverage includes all aspects included in the concept of sustainable development.

For more than five decades, Environmental Policy and Law has assumed the role of the leading international forum for policy and legal matters relevant to this field. The journal is divided into sections for easy accessibility. These sections cover the activities of the United Nations and its specialized agencies, other international developments, regional activities within the framework of European Union, AU, ASEAN, etc., and developments at the national level from all over the world. An important and distinctive feature is the publication of selected documents appearing with the minimum of delay, which are not easily accessible, such as the resolutions from non-public meetings of parliamentarians, guidelines or draft conventions not yet published or newly concluded agreements.

Environmental Policy and Law fills a gap left by other publications. Its audience includes politicians, government officials and individuals at the highest level of decision-making, academics, scientists, practising lawyers, and anyone wishing to keep up to date on contemporary policies and practices.


In January 2017, it was with deep sadness that we announced the passing of Dr. Wolfgang E. Burhenne, who was the Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Policy and Law. For a tribute, please visit the following website.  

Position vacant

Managing Editors
Tomme R. Young
PO Box 4962
Paso Robles, CA, USA
Email: tomme.young@gmail.com

Marten Stavenga
IOS Press
Amsterdam, NL
Email: m.stavenga@iospress.nl

Founding Editor
Wolfgang E. Burhenne

Honorary Editor
Achim Steiner


Editorial Board
Bagher Asadi
Milena Bellini
Benjamin Boer
Antonio Herman Benjamin
Michael Bothe
Edith Brown Weiss
Bharat H. Desai
Stephane Doumbe-Bille
Ian Fry
Parvez Hassan
Alejandro Iza
Marlene Jahnke
Mireille Jardin
Eduardo Astorga Jorquera
Donald W. Kaniaru
Viet Koester
Koh Kheng Lian
Dan Magraw
Stephen McCaffrey
Mohamed Ali Mekouar
Patricia Moore
Charles di Leva
Malcolm Forster
David Freestone
Charles Odidi Okidi
Michel Prieur
Ann Powers
Eckard Rehbinder
Nicholas Robinson
Tullio Scovazzi
Dinah Shelton
Balraj K. Sidhu
Christina Voigt
Rüdiger Wolfrum


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Endnotes should be numbered in the text, indicated by superscript numbers and kept as short as possible.


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The corresponding author of a contribution to the journal will receive one hard copy of the journal as well as a complimentary PDF Author’s Copy of the issue unless otherwise stated. This PDF copy is watermarked and for personal use only.

If you wish to order reprints of an earlier published article, please contact the publisher for a quotation. IOS Press, Fax: +31 20 687 0019. Email: editorial@iospress.nl.

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