Environmental Policy and Law

The journal for decision-makers


51, 6 issues

Latest issue

51:5 online 29 October 2021

Next issue

51:6 scheduled for December 2021

Back volumes

From volume 1, 1975

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Aims & Scope

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, short reports, a range of peer-reviewed content including research and 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.  

Editorial Board


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


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

Founding Editor

Wolfgang E. Burhenne

Honorary Editor

Achim Steiner

Former Editor

Marlene Jahnke

Associate Editors

Elisa Morgera, PhD
University of Strathclyde Law School, 
United Kingdom

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

Walters Nsoh, PhD
University of Birmingham, Birmingham Law School, Birmingham
United Kingdom

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

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

Editorial Board

Yann Aguila, Affiliate Professor
Sciences Po, Paris

Ioannis Athanasiadis, PhD
Wageningen University, Department of Environmental Sciences, Wageningen
the Netherlands

Ilker K. Basaran, PhD
Texas A&M University, Galveston, TX

Antonio Herman Benjamin, PhD
National High Court, Brasilia

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

Klaus Bosselmann, PhD
University of Auckland, New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law, Auckland
New Zealand

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

Philippe Cullet, JSD
SOAS University of London, School of Law, London
United Kingdom

Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi

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

Eeva Furman, PhD
Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Environmental Policy Centre, Helsinki

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

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

Jordi Jaria-Manzano, PhD
Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona Centre for Environmental Law Studies, Tarragona

Kirk W. Junker, PhD
University of Cologne, Faculty of Law, Cologne

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

Said Mahmoudi, LLD
Stockholm University, Faculty of Law, Stockholm

Nele Matz-Lück, PhD
Kiel University, Walther Schücking Institute for International Law, Kiel

Owen McIntyre, PhD
University College Cork, School of Law & Environmental Research Institute, Cork

Kazuhiro Nakatani, LLB
University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law, Tokyo

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

Walter Rademacher, PhD
Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Statistical Sciences, Rome

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

Benjamin J. Richardson, PhD
University of Tasmania, Faculty of Law, Hobart

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

Oliver C. Ruppel, LLD
Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Law, Stellenbosch
South Africa
University of Graz, Research Center for Climate Law [Clim:Law] at the Faculty of Law, Graz

Surya P. Subedi, QC, DCL
University of Leeds, School of Law, Leeds
United Kingdom

Cleo Verkuijl, LLM
Stockholm Environment Instute, SEI Oxford, Oxford
United Kingdom

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

Tomme Rosanne Young, JD
Hastings College of the Law, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

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Authors are requested to submit their manuscript electronically to the journal’s peer review management system: editorialmanager.com/epl.

Environmental Policy and Law (EPL) does not charge a publication fee.

Corresponding authors from eligible institutions may be eligible to a waiver or discount on the open access fee; see here for more details.

See the full instructions to authors on the EPL website.

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Our Earth Matters – Expert scholars and decision-makers contributed to special issue and book curated by EPL's Editor-in-Chief Bharat H. Desai, PhD – on the theme of "Our Earth Matters" – and this was the focus of webinar that took place on World Environment Day (June 5, 2021). Visit our website at: environmentalpolicyandlaw.com/our-earth-matters.


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Sustainable Development Goals

This journal supports IOS Press' actions relating to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and commits to the Diversity and Inclusion Statement.

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