Environmental Policy and Law

The journal for decision-makers

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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 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 founding Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Policy and Law. For a tribute, please visit this website.  


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, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador, Tehran, Iran

Milena Bellini, ICEL International Council for Environmental Law Towards Sustainable Development, Geneva, Switzerland

Benjamin Boer, The University of Sydney Law School, Sydney, Australia

Antonio Herman Benjamin, National High Court, Brasília, Brazil

Michael Bothe, Goethe University, Professor of Public Law, Frankfurt, Germany

Edith Brown Weiss, Georgetown University, Georgetown Law, Washington DC, USA

Bharat H. Desai, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Centre for International Legal Studies, New Delhi, India

Stephane Doumbe-Bille, Jean Moulin University Lyon 3, Full Professor of Law, Lyon, France

Eeva Furman, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Helsinki, Finland

Ian Fry, Australian National University, Fenner School of Environment & Society, Canberra, Australia

Parvez Hassan, Supreme Court of Pakistan, Senior Advocate, Islamabad, Pakistan

Alejandro Iza, IUCN Environmental Law Programme, Bonn, Germany

Marlene Jahnke, University of Gothenburg, Department of Marine Sciences, Gothenburg, Sweden

Mireille Jardin, UNESCO, Paris, France

Eduardo Astorga Jorquera, University of Alicante, San Vicente del Raspeig, Spain

Donald W. Kaniaru, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nairobi, Kenya

Veit Koester, Ministry of Environment, Copenhagen, Denmark

Elizabeth Kirk, University of Lincoln, Global Professor in Global Governance & Ecological Justice, Lincoln, United Kingdom

Koh Kheng Lian, National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law, Singapore, Singapore

Dan Magraw, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Washington DC, USA

Stephen McCaffrey, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, USA

Mohamed Ali Mekouar, University of Casablanca, Professor of Law, Casablanca, Morocco

Patricia Moore, University of Georgia, Department of Entomology, Athens, USA

Charles di Leva, World Bank, Environmental and Social Standards, Washington DC, USA

Malcolm Forster, Nottingham Law School, Honorary Professor, Nottingham, United Kingdom

David Freestone, George Washington University, GW Law, Washington DC, USA

Charles Odidi Okidi, University of Nairobi, Professor of Environmental Law, Nairobi, Kenya

Michel Prieur, International Centre for Comparative Environmental Law, Paris, France

Ann Powers, Pace University, Pace Law School, New York, USA

Eckard Rehbinder, Goethe University, Faculty of Law, Frankfurt, Germany

Nicholas Robinson, Pace University, Pace Law School, New York, USA

Tullio Scovazzi, University of Milano-Bicocca, Professor of International Law, Milan, Italy

Dinah Shelton, George Washington University, GW Law, Washington DC, USA

Balraj K. Sidhu, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, Kharagpur, India

David C. Smith, The University of the West Indies, Institute for Sustainable Development, Kingston, Jamaica

Christina Voigt, University of Oslo, Department of Public and International Law, Oslo, Norway

Rüdiger Wolfrum, Heidelberg University, Faculty of Law, Heidelberg, Germany


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Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:

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Title page
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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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Quoting from other publications
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See also our website for more information about this option IOS Press Open Library®


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