IUCANEL.ORG e-Journal

Background and Mission

Welcome to the website of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law eJournal (ISSN –1929-6088). Established in late 2009 under the auspices of the IUCN Academy's Research Committee, the Journal aims to provide:

  • a valuable resource for IUCN Academy members, other institutions and scholars interested in keeping abreast of environmental law developments worldwide, including:
    • innovative and critical thinking
    • policy developments
    • legal developments
    • new case law
  • a forum for facilitating the participation and engagement of a broader array of scholars in the IUCN Academy's network, especially younger and emerging academics.
  • a platform for promoting global information exchange and debate amongst environmental law scholars.

Editorial Committee

Co-Editors in Chief:

  • Gay Morgan (University of Waikato- New Zealand)
  • Michaela Young (University of Cape Town – South Africa)

Managing Editor:

  • Dr. Opi Outhwaite (University of Greenwich– United Kingdom)

Book Review Editor:

  • David Hodas (Widener University - USA)

Assistant Editors:

  • Emma Lees (University of Cambridge – United Kingdom)
  • Kylie Lingard (University of New England – Australia)
  • Kirsdakorn Wongwuthikun (University of Dundee – United Kingdom)

Teaching Contributions:

  • Maria Marquès i Banqué (Universitat Rovira i Virgili - Spain)

Ordinary Members :

  • Louis Kotzé (North-West University - South Africa)
  • Tianbao Qin (Wuhan University - China)
  • Solange Teles Da Silva (State University of Amazonas - Brazil)

Structure of the eJournal

Each issue of the eJournal is divided into the following three parts:

  • Part 1 - Commissioned/Selected Articles
    • Content – A theme is selected by the Editorial Committee for each issue and these articles must relate to the issue's theme. See the relevant call for papers for further information on the theme selected for the next issue.
    • Articles specifically commissioned/selected by the Editorial Committee.
    • 3/4 articles per issue.
    • Maximum length (8000 words).
  • Part 2 - Country Reports
    • Content - Reports on any interesting developments in policy/statute/case law in the author's jurisdiction in the past 12 months.
    • See the Country Report Guidelines for further information.
    • Voluntary submissions although where there is a dearth of submissions from certain regions, the Editorial Committee may actively solicit contributions from such regions.
    • Maximum Length (3000 words).
  • Part 3 - Book Reviews/Short Opinions/Insight Papers
    • Content - self-explanatory.
    • Voluntary submissions although the Editorial Committee may actively solicit book reviews if the need arises.
    • Maximum Length (1000 words).

Language Policy

While the desire is to ultimately translate and publish the eJournal in all six working languages of the United Nations (English, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish and Arabic), financial realties and expediency in the editing, review and publishing process currently dictate that the initial official languages for the eJournal are English, Spanish, French and Chinese. All prospective articles, reports, books reviews and opinion pieces must therefore be written and submitted in one of the above languages. All contributions will be published in the language in which they are originally submitted. Each contribution will however be accompanied by a short abstract in English.

Call for Papers

IUCN Academy of Environmental Law e-Journal Issue 8 2017

The editors would like to invite contributions for inclusion in the eigth issue of the IUCNAEL eJournal, which will be published in June 2017.

The Journal in an open access, free to publish, peer reviewed journal. It accepts four different forms of contributions:

  • Substantive articles.
    These articles should add to knowledge and understanding at the global level. They may be on any aspect of domestic or international law, but should be of interest to and accessible to an international audience. Maximum length: 8000 words. Substantive articles are subject to a double blind peer review process before acceptance.
  • Country reports.
    These reports should canvas recent interesting legal and policy developments in members’ jurisdictions – preferably developments that have taken place in the past 6-12 months. Maximum length: 3000 words.
  • Short Notes/Insight Pieces.
    Short punchy notes/opinion pieces on preferably controversial topics, the purpose of which is to invoke debate. Maximum length: 1000 words.
  • Book Reviews.
    Book reviews should critically consider texts in the field of environmental law that have been published in the past 6-12 months. Maximum length: 1000 words.
  • Teaching Articles or short notes.
    Authors are expected to provide critical analysis and insights regarding good practices in the teaching of the environmental law or capacity building initiatives, which includes the following topics: Blended Learning; Capacity building actions; Case Method; Clinical Legal Education; e-Learning; Evaluation and assessment of student learning; Experiences in joint education projects (national and international); Flipped Learning; Innovative approaches to teach environmental sustainability and justice; Inquiry based teaching; Joint programs; Learning and Teaching Methodologies; Mobile learning: Phones, Tablets...; Moot Court Competitions; Plagiarism; Problem-Based Learning; Scientific methodology or evidence based teaching; Simulations; Teaching Environmental Law from interdisciplinary perspectives; Teaching research nexus; Tutoring and Coaching; University-Industry Collaboration. The maximum length for articles is 8,000 words, the maximum length for short notes is 1000 words.

The full details regarding the length and nature of these contributions are available on the eJournal’s website. So too are issues 1 to 7 of the eJournal which should give all a good idea of the nature and form of the different contributions.

We look forward to receiving your contributions and should you have any queries please do not hesitate to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note that the due date for all forms of submission is 30 November 2016.

Michaela Young (University of Cape Town) & Gay Morgan (university of Waikato) Co-Editors in Chief