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Our Earth Matters: Special Issue – Parts I & II Online

"Our Earth Matters" on a countryside sunrise (photo credit: Dean Vallance)

12 May 2021 | Amsterdam, NL – We are pleased to announce that the first content in our Environmental Policy and Law special issue – Our Earth Matters – has now been published online. Expert scholars and decision makers were invited to contribute to reexamine the current global approaches, as well as to explore the future trajectory with new ideas, tools, techniques, processes, ecological frameworks, and institutional innovations for international environmental governance in the 21st century and beyond. Discover all about the first articles to appear in the special issue detailed in this post.

[Author: Carmel McNamara, IOS Press]

Amsterdam, NL – We are pleased to announce that the first content in our Environmental Policy and Law (EPL) special issue – Our Earth Matters – has now been published online. Expert scholars and decision makers were invited to contribute to reexamine the current global approaches, as well as to explore the future trajectory with new ideas, tools, techniques, processes, ecological frameworks, and institutional innovations for international environmental governance in the 21st century and beyond. Discover all about the first articles to appear in the special issue detailed in this post.

 

Special Issue Parts I & II

It has been long since in the planning that the last issue of EPL's Volume 50 would be an anniversary issue, with specially commissioned content covering an important theme: Our Earth Matters. With EPL celebrating its 50th volume, we are also on way to reach the 50th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) Conference on the Human Environment, which was held in Stockholm in June 1972 (read more here), so this is perfect timing to probe the future trajectory for our better common environmental future. The content has been curated by EPL's Editor-in-Chief Bharat H. Desai, PhD, and the invited authors were tasked with reexamining the current global approaches, as well as exploring the future trajectory with new ideas, tools, techniques, processes, ecological frameworks, and new institutional innovations. 

The contributions in this EPL special issue explore answers to the environmental crisis will cover four sections that cover predictions, processes, problems, and prospects. The content is being published across two issues of the journal, with the first two parts in EPL Volume 50, Issue 6 (listed below) and the remaining content soon appearing in EPL Volume 51, Issue 1/2 (to be published very soon).
 

EPL cover on a green background for Special Issue: Our Earth Matters

 

Preface

The issue opens with an editorial by Dr. Desai: “The primary objective of the EPL Special Issue has been to sensitize the global audience by firing imaginations of the scholars and the decision-makers to reexamine the current global approaches. It is a modest effort to challenge the connoisseurs of international law and diplomacy to look ahead at this time of perplexity in the 21st century.”

 

Our Earth Matters: Pathways to a Better Common Environmental Future – Openly Available

Bharat H. Desai (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India) | View online

 

Part I: Prognoses

The first part of the special issue focuses on “Prognoses” and the review of global environmental change. It includes four articles covering planetary trust, Earth system law, the function of environmental law, and the framework of ecological law.

 

The Future of the Planetary Trust in a Kaleidoscopic World

Edith Brown Weiss (Georgetown University, USA) | View online

 

Exploring the Analytical, Normative and Transformative Dimensions of Earth System Law – Open Access

Louis J. Kotzé (North-West University, South Africa) and Rakhyun E. Kim (Utrecht University, NL) | View online

 

Making Environmental Law Function in the Anthropocene

Nicholas A. Robinson (Pace University School of Law, USA) | View online

 

The Framework of Ecological Law

Klaus Bosselmann (University of Auckland, New Zealand) | View online

 

Part II: Processes

The second part is all about the “Processes” of environmental law, from the perplexity law making and the diagnostics major structural problems of environmental law, to environmental conferencing and looking ahead to a new environmental charter. 

 

International Environmental Law-Making

Bharat H. Desai (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India) | View online

 

Pathway to Reframing Environmental Law

J.E. Viñuales (University of Cambridge, UK) and J.-F. Mercure (University of Exeter, UK) | View online

 

UNGA as the Anchor: Global Environmental Conferencing

Nele Matz-Lück and Liv Christiansen (both authors from Kiel University Law School, Germany) | View online

 

A New Environmental Charter for the Future

Yann Aguila and Lionel Chami (both authors from Global Pact Coalition, France) | View online

 

You can view the abstracts of all the above articles on the Our Earth Matters page and go here to access the full journal issue. The remaining articles in the special issue will be online very soon!

 

Our Earth Matters: What’s Next?

The immediate answer to the question “What’s next?” in terms of the Our Earth Matters series is that the 21 contributions to the extended EPL special issue will also appear in a limited-edition book, and then we really will be talking about what is next for our planet Earth in the webinar that is taking place on June 5. Be sure to book your (free) place to take part in the webinar: register now

 

 
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