Environmental Policy and Law

The Journal for Decision-Makers



54, 6 issues

Latest issue

54:3 online 04 June 2024

Next issue

54:4 scheduled for August 2024

Back volumes

From volume 1, 1975

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Open Access

Aims & Scope

Environmental Policy and Law (EPL) is a global journal that seeks to publish cutting-edge scholarly works that have global significance. It provides a platform to facilitate an ideational understanding of international environmental policy, law, and institutional issues.

EPL aims to cater to the quest of the scholars and the decision-makers to address the environmental "world problematique." It will, where possible, also try to accommodate high-quality research works on regional and national (policy, law, and institutional) issues of significance that have global value as well as replicable in other parts of the world. EPL’s ideational vision and the content will be guided by this primary remit to pursue a pathway for a better common environmental future.

The journal welcomes submissions of articles that pertain to the above mentioned scope. Articles are only accepted for publication after a double-blind reviewing process and if they are in accordance with the journal’s author guidelines. EPL also publishes invited content and these articles will be refereed by the Editors.

By bridging both academic and professional domains in the environmental field, EPL seeks to serve the needs of professionals, practitioners, researchers, students, and policymakers. The journal invites contributions with legal analyses to remain at the forefront of the concerted scholarly discourse and provide practical solutions for global environmental challenges in the 21st century and beyond.


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

Associate Editors

Sujith Koonan, PhD
Centre for International Legal Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi, India

Vinai K. Singh, PhD
Centre for International Legal Studies, SIS, Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi, India 

Assistant Editors

Moumita Mandal, PhD
TERI School of Advanced Studies
New Delhi, India

Amrendra Kumar, PhD
Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
New Delhi, India

Founding Editor

Wolfgang E. Burhenne

Editorial Board

Yann Aguila, Affiliate Professor
Sciences Po
Paris, France

Marisol Anglés-Hernández, PhD
National Autonomous University of Mexico, Institute of Legal Research
Mexico City, Mexico

Jha Anupam, PhD
University of Delhi, Department of Law
New Delhi, India

Lovleen Bhullar, PhD
University of Birmingham, Birmingham Law School
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Marlon Boeve, PhD
Delft University of Technology
Delft, The Netherlands

Susana Borràs-Pentinat, PhD
Rovira i Virgili University, Department of Public Law
Tarragona, Spain

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

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

Philippe Cullet, JSD
SOAS University of London, School of Law
London, United Kingdom
Centre for Policy Research
New Delhi, India

Yanti Fristikawati, PhD
Faculty of Law, Atma Jaya University
Jakarta, Indonesia

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

Mathilde Hautereau-Boutonnet, PhD
Aix-Marseille University, Faculty of Law
Aix en Provence, France

Claudia Ituarte-Lima, PhD
Raoul Wallenberg Institute on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law 
Lund, Sweden

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

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

Rowena Maguire, PhD
Queensland University of Technology, Law School
Brisbane, Australia
Said Mahmoudi, LLD
Stockholm University, Faculty of Law
Stockholm, Sweden

Wanilza Marques Fortuna, PhD
University of Pernambuco, Faculty of Administration and Law
Recife, Brazil

Miguel Marmolejo, PhD
Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Derecho y Criminología, Monterrey
Nuevo León, Mexico

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greg Rose, LLM
University of Wollongong, School of Law
Wollongong, Australia

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

Sara L. Seck, PhD
Schulich School of Law and Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Dalhousie University
Halifax, Canada

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

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

Author Guidelines


By submitting my article to this journal, I agree to the Author Copyright Agreement, the IOS Press Ethics Policy, and the IOS Press Privacy Policy.

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

See the full instructions to authors on the EPL website.

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

EPL has transitioned to a Subscribe to Open (S2O) model for 2023 and 2024, which means that articles published between 1 January 2023 and 31 December 2024 are open access and fully accessible, published under a CC-BY-NC 4.0 license. Another benefit is that there are no author fees or article processing charges (APCs) associated with this open access model. Read more about S2O.

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It is possible to have figures printed in color, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author. 


Copyright of your article
Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that they have read and agreed to the terms of the IOS Press Author Copyright Agreement.

Article sharing
IOS Press adopted Sage’s Article Sharing Policy from 8th of July 2024. 
Please go to:  Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines | SAGE Publications Ltd for details. If your manuscript was submitted prior to 8th of July 2024, please contact editorial@iospress.nl with details of your enquiry.

Please visit the IOS Press Authors page for further information.

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Subscribe to Open

The journal Environmental Policy and Law (EPL) has transitioned to a Subscribe to Open (S2O) model for 2023, which means that articles published between 1 January 2023 and 31 December 2024 are open access and fully accessible, published under a CC-BY-NC 4.0 license. Another benefit is that there are no author fees or article processing charges (APCs) associated with this open access model.

S2O is an alternative sustainable subscription model that converts scholarly subscription journals to open access one year at a time. Under this model, institutions continue to subscribe to journals of value to their community, and if sufficient revenue is generated, the entire year's content will be published open access. Read more about S2O.

Peer Review Policy

Environmental Policy and Law is a peer-reviewed journal. All articles submitted to the journal undergo a double blind peer review process. This means that the names and affiliations of the authors are not communicated to the reviewers, and the reviewers remain anonymous to the authors. Please visit our reviewer guidelines for further information about how to conduct a review.

After automatic plagiarism screening through iThenticate, all submitted manuscripts are subjected to initial appraisal by the Editor-in-Chief and, if found suitable for further consideration, to rigorous peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. The journal also publishes invited content and these articles will be refereed by the Editors.

Reasons to reject a paper in the pre-screening process could for example be because the work does not fall within the aims and scope, the writing is of poor quality, the instructions to authors were not followed or the presented work is not novel. Important: all articles not created using the journal style templates for LaTeX or MS Word (see author instructions) are desk rejected.

Papers deemed suitable to be reviewed will be assigned a handling editor. The handling editor will then invite reviewers to comment on the work. Typically decisions are based on three reviews, in some circumstances a minimum of two reviews may be deemed sufficient to make a decision on a paper. The Editor-in-Chief strive to ensure a typical turnaround time of 3 months.

Reviewers are asked to judge a paper on at least:

  • Originality, novelty and significance of results
  • Technical quality of work
  • Comprehensibility and presentation of the paper
  • Overall impression

Based on the received reviews the handling editor will propose to the Editor-in-Chief a recommendation:

  1. Accept
  2. Minor revisions required
  3. Major revisions required
  4. Revise and resubmit
  5. Reject

They mean the following:

  1. Accept: The manuscript is suitable for publication and only requires minor polishing; thus, no further reviews are requested.
  2. Minor revisions required: The authors are required to make moderate changes to their manuscript. The manuscript becomes acceptable for publication if the changes proposed by the reviewers and editors are successfully addressed. The revised manuscript will be examined by the Editor-in-Chief and possibly sent back to all (or a selection of) reviewers for a second round of reviews. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
  3. Major revisions required: The manuscript cannot be accepted for publication in its current form. However, a major revision which addresses all issues raised by the reviewers may be acceptable for publication. The revised manuscript will undergo a full second round of review. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
  4. Revise and resubmit: In its current form, the manuscript is not suitable for publication. A resubmission would require substantial revisions and is only encouraged in special cases.
  5. Reject: The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be out of scope, not relevant, or not meeting the journal’s quality standards in terms of significance, novelty, and/or presentation.

Authors are notified by the Editor-in-Chief, whose decision is final.

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