Environmental Policy and Law

The journal for decision-makers

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51; 6 issues
Last issue (51:3) online on 16 July 2021
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Our Earth Matters Environmental Policy and Law (EPL) has published a special issue and book on the theme of Our Earth Matters, curated by the journal's new Editor-in-Chief Bharat H. Desai, PhD. The concent looks at new approaches, trajectories, and frameworks for international environmental governance. Discover more here. Contributors participated in a webinar on World Environment Day, June 5, 2021: Watch now!

New Look EPL 
– In 2020, coinciding with the landmark fiftieth volume, EPL underwent a makeover, with a new look, features, and website: environmentalpolicyandlaw.com.

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Environmental Policy and Law (EPL) is an international, interdisciplinary journal that facilitates an understanding of environmental policy and law issues not only by drawing upon and contributing to the environmental social sciences, but also linking the health, natural, and computer sciences. The aim of the journal is to promote communication among academia, government, business and industry, and non-governmental organizations who are instrumental in the solving of environmental problems.
The journal’s scope encompasses a wide range of environmental and natural resource issues, including biodiversity loss, climate change, desertification, environmental pollution and wastes, forest conservation, ozone depletion, renewable and non-renewable natural resources, sustainability, transboundary pollutant flows, and the management of marine and fresh-water resources, and the interaction among these issues. It emphasizes links between these environmental issues and social and economic issues such as production, transport, consumption, growth, demographic changes, well-being, and health. EPL publishes policy commentaries, research reports, a range of peer-reviewed content, including review articles, and more. The journal invites analyses that are at the forefront of academic debate and that are of practical significance and policy relevance.
By bridging both academic and professional domains, the journal provides professionals, practitioners, researchers, students, and policymakers, and any other persons with information on developments in the field of international and regional environmental policy and law and domestic environmental policy and law of developing countries.


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.  


Bharat H. Desai, PhD
Jawaharlal Nehru University, Centre for International Legal Studies
New Delhi, India
Email: desai@jnu.ac.in

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

Founding Editor
Wolfgang E. Burhenne

Honorary Editor
Achim Steiner

Associate Editors
Elisa Morgera, PhD, University of Strathclyde Law School, Glasgow, UK

Melanie Jean Murcott, LLD, University of Pretoria, Department of Public Law, Pretoria, South Africa

Walters Nsoh, PhD, Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Tiina Paloniitty, LLD, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science and Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

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

Tomme R. Young, Paso Robles, CA, USA

Editorial Board
Bagher Asadi, MA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador, Tehran, Iran

Ioannis Athanasiadis, PhD, Laboratory of Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing, Wageningen University, Wageningen, NL

Ilker K. Basaran, PhD, Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey

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

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

Antonio Herman Benjamin, PhD, National High Court, Brasília, Brazil

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

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

Malcolm Forster, University of Wisconsin, Department of Philosophy, Madison, WI, USA

David Freestone, LLD, George Washington University, Law School, Washington, DC, USA

Eeva Furman, PhD, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Helsinki, Finland

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

Camena Guneratne, PhD, Open University of Sri Lanka, Department of Legal Studies, Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka

Parvez Hassan, LLD, Supreme Court of Pakistan, Islamabad, Pakistan

Alejandro Iza, LLD, IUCN Environmental Law Programme, Environmental Law Centre, Bonn, Germany

Marlene Jahnke, Former Editor of Environmental Policy and Law, Bangor, UK

Mireille Jardin, UNESCO,Ecological Sciences for Sustainable Development, Paris, France

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

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

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

Veit Koester, Ministry of the Environment, Copenhagen, Denmark

Michelle Lim, PhD, Macquarie University, Macquarie Law School, Sydney, Australia

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

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

Mohamed Ali Mekouar, University of Casablanca, Casablanca, Morocco

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

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

Charles Odidi Okidi, PhD, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

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

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

Walter J. Rademacher, PhD, Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Statistical Sciences, Rome, Italy

Eckard Rehbinder, LLD, Goethe University, Environmental Law Research Institute, Frankfurt, Germany

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

Tullio Scovazzi, University of Milano-Bicocca, School of Law, Milan, Italy

Dinah Shelton, JD, George Washington University, Law School, Washington, DC, USA

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

Cleo Verkuijl, LLM, Stockholm Environment Instute, SEI Oxford, Oxford, UK

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

Rüdiger Wolfrum, JD, Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law, Heidelberg, Germany


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