Background and Mission

Welcome to the IUCN AEL Journal of Environmental Law (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:

  • Jennifer McKay (University of South Australia, Australia)
  • Sandrine Maljean-Dubois (Université Aix Marseille, France)

Book Review Editor:

  • Sam Varvastian

Assistant Editors:

  • Olivier Yambo
  • Tania Garcia
  • Ellie Toomey

Structure of the Journal

Each issue of the Journal 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 Journal 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 Journal 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 Journal Issue 11 2020

The editors would like to invite contributions for inclusion in the eleventh issue of the IUCNAEL Journal, which will be published in summer 2020

The Journal in an open access, free to publish, peer reviewed journal. In particular, for Issue 11, the editors invite submissions in the form of:

  • 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 possible contributions are available on the Journal’s website. So too are existing issues of the Journal which should give 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. .

Jennifer McKay (University of South Australia, Australia) and Sandrine Maljean-Dubois (Université Aix Marseille, France),