Road to Stockholm+50 and Beyond

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EPL Special Section

Find out all about the contributions in Environmental Policy and Law special section Road to Stockholm+50 and Beyond!


Limited-Edition Book

Discover how you can get your hands on these contributions, packaged in a limited-edition book!


Exclusive Webinar

On June 3, 2022, expert scholars joined EPL for an important discussion held in conjunction with Stockholm+50 and World Environment Day!

Road to Stockholm+50 and Beyond 

EPL launches a new section – Stockholm+50 and Beyond – that will include content from experts in advance of UNEP's milestone event in 2022, commemorating the 50 years since the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (UNCHE).

Commemorating 50 years since the environment first took center stage, "Stockholm+50: A healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity" was an international meeting convened by the United Nations General Assembly that was held in Stockholm, Sweden from 2–3 June 2022 (discover more in the press release here or click visual below to visit the UNEP website).

In advance of the UNEP event, our journal launched a new section Road to Stockholm+50 and Beyond to seed the ideas of topics covered at the conference, written by invited experts from global experts. These contributions will be published in EPL starting from Volume 51, Issue 6 (2021) and continuing through to Volume 52, Issue 4 (2022).

All content is curated by EPL's Editor-in-Chief Bharat H. Desai, PhD, which he first diccussed in the editorial of Volume 51, Issue 5: "The forthcoming 50th year milestone of UNCHE and UNEP presents an opportunity for EPL to probe the global environmental regulatory approaches, as well as to strive for ‘envisioning the future’. The EPL Special Section in the forthcoming issues until Volume 52, Issue 3/4 (2022) will carry some cutting-edge ideational reflections on the predicament we face today." You can hear more from Dr. Desai in his description about the content below.


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Special Section


Special Section: Invited Authors

Nicholas A Robinson (Pace University School of Law); Peter Haas (University of Massachusetts); Yann Aguila (Bredin Prat and Sciences Po Paris); Eleanor Sharpston (Trinity College Dublin); Jonas Ebbesson (University of Stockholm); David Hunter (American University College of Law, Washington DC); Shailesh Nayak (National Institute of Advanced Studies); Oliver Ruppel (Stellenbosch University); Surya Subedi (University of Leeds); Jordi Jaria Manzano (Universitat Rovira i Virgili); Krishna Oli (formerly of ICIMOD Kathmandu); Chris Backes (Universiteit Utrecht); Elizabeth Dowdeswell (former UNEP Executive Director and Lt. Governor of Ontaria, Canada); Robert Percival (University of Maryland); Kirk Junker (University of Cologne); and Greg Rose (University of Wollongong).

EPL Special Section: Background

Editor-in-Chief Bharat H. Desai, PhD, provides insight about this important topic for EPL

This EPL Special Section has the theme Road to Stockholm+50 and Beyond. The global movement for protection of the environment reaches its 50-year-milestone in 2022. It was the first UNCHE in June 1972), hosted by Sweden, that proved to be ta landmark event to address the "world problematique" of the environment. In his address, the Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme prophesized that: “The decisive question is in which direction we will develop, by what means we will grow, which qualities we want to achieve, and what values we wish to  guide our future…there is no individual future, neither for people nor for nations.” At the event, the Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the only other head of government present, sought to draw a realistic picture by underscoring that the development is “one of the primary means of improving the environment of living, of providing food, water, sanitation and shelter, of making the deserts green and mountains habitable.”

The emphasis of the 2022 UNCHE conference will be on stock-taking the developments of the past half a century with a view of analyzing and assessing the mistakes and success stories. The ultimate goal is to better understand what we have done, what we should have done, and how today’s environmental problems should be addressed in the light of the lessons of our past performances. The general question is how international environmental law has developed in these different issue-areas in the 50 years since the 1972 Stockholm conference.
In the above context of the 50th anniversary of the 1972 UNCHE, it is pertinent to assess the trajectory hitherto followed and seek to take an ideational look ahead so as to envision the outcome and our future at Stockholm+50 and beyond. Hence, it is most appropriate juncture for EPL to position itself as a scholarly platform to probe answers and solutions for the decision-makers concerning our future at Sockholm+50 and beyond. 


EPL Special Section: Published Papers

Volume 52, Issue 3/4

Looking Through Indira Gandhi’s Vision: Some Recollections
Karan Singh, Member of the Parliament of India (1967 to 2018) | View Article

The United Nations and the Environment: Some Personal Reflections
Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Canada | View Article

Our Shared Future: Common Security 2022 and beyond
Anna Sundstrom, Olof Palme International Center, Sweden | View Article

Moving Beyond State-Centrism in International Environmental Law
David Hunter, Washington College of Law, USA | View Article 

Human Rights and Responsibilities Towards the Earth System
Klaus Bosselmann, University of Auckland, New Zealand | View Article

The Repurposed UN Trusteeship Council for the Future
Bharat H. Desai, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India | View Article (Openly Available)

Convergence in International Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Owen McIntyre, University College Cork, Ireland | View Article

Envisioning the Future of the Circular Economy: A Legal Perspective
Chris Backes and Marlon Boeve, Utrecht University Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law, the Netherlands | View Article

A Question of Trust: Building a Reparative Legal Regime in the Face of Climate-Induced Migration
Kirk W. Junker, Saskia Munster, and Mrinalini Shinde, University of Cologne, Germany | View Article

Factoring Climate Change Risks in the Wetland Ecosystems Governance: A Policy Look Ahead
Shailesh Nayak, National Institute of Advanced Studies, India | View Article

The Regulation of Planetary Health Challenges: A Co-Benefits Approach for AMR and WASH
Philippe Cullet, University of London, UK; Lovleen Bhullar, University of Birmingham, UK | View Article


Volume 52, Issue 2

Future of UNEP: Stockholm+50 and Beyond
Donald W. Kaniaru, Kaniaru & Kaniaru Advocates, Kenya | View Article (Openly Available)

Getting it Right: Advances of Human Rights and the Environment from Stockholm 1972 to Stockholm 2022
Jonas Ebbesson, Stockholm University, Sweden | View Article

Beyond Sustainability: Challenges for EnvironmentalLaw in the Era of Uncertainty
Jordi Jaria-Manzano, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain | View Article 

Envisioning the Future of the Third Pole: A Look Ahead
Krishna Prasad Oli, National Trust for Nature Conservation, Nepal; Bandana Shakya and Manish Raj Pandey, ICIMOD, Nepal | View Article

From “Do Trees Have Rights?” to Wondering About Ecocide: Some Legal Reflections
Eleanor Sharpston, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland| View Article 

Legal Lamination to Transboundary Movement of Plastic Pollutants
Surya P. Subedi, University of Leeds, UK; Amrisha Pandey, Gujarat Maritime University, India | View Article

From Stockholm+50 to Bretton Woods+80: Greening Trade Law for Global Climate Governance?
Oliver C. Ruppel, Stellenbosch University, South Africa; Cleo Dobers, Gleiss Lutz, Germany | View Article 

Environmental Terrorism: Not Yet an International Crime
Gregory Rose, University of Wollongong, Australia | View Article (Open Access)


Volume 52, Issue 1

Stockholm + 50: A Look Ahead in International Environmental Politics
Peter M. Haas, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA | View Article (Openly Available)

On the Concept of a Global Public Interest: Some Reflections
Yann Aguila and Marie-Cécile de Bellis, Sciences Po Paris, France | View Article


Volume 51, Issue 6

Depleting Time Itself: The Plight of Today’s “Human” Environment
Nicholas A. Robinson, Pace University School of Law, USA | View Article (Openly Available)


All articles in this section have now been published!



Limited-Edition Book

These important contributions to the environmental landscape – covering the important theme Envisioning Our Environmental Future – are co-published in a limited-edition volume, as a standalone book that is being released on this special occasion by IOS Press. The content probes global environmental regulatory approaches and institutional effectiveness, and explores cutting-edge ideational solutions for our shared triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. The 22 contributions are organized in three parts: Testing Times; Global Ideas; and Sectoral Ideas.


Title: Envisioning Our Environmental Future
Sub-Title: Stockholm+50 and Beyond
ISBN (p): 978-1-64368-318-8
Release: September, 2022
Editor: Bharat H. Desai
Format: Softcover, 272 pages
Language: English
List price = €135 / US$166 / £122


Illustration of people tending to the global Earth on a caring set of hands

EPL Special Section: New Book Available!

Now the invited contributions have been gathered into a book to be published by IOS Press you can purchase a print book or ebook, which has a title: Envisioning Our Environmental Future. This edition will be a sequel the 2021 book: Our Earth Matters (Ed. Bharat H. Desai; IOS Press).


Foreword Extract

"We are part of a planetary trust, in which we are at the same time an integral part of the Earth and trustees for it for the present and future. We have a special responsibility to care for the planet Earth, to ensure its resilience and its integrity. Our actions today profoundly affect future generations; yet they have no voice in the decisions and actions we take today. We are in reality guardians for the future. This book recognizes the dire situation of our planet. The chapter authors analyze major issues relevant to the future and propose actions to conserve our planet for the future. Some chapters reflect on developments since Stockholm, others explore global issues, and still others examine challenges and proposals in specific sectors. Bharat Desai has gathered contributions from a diverse and distinguished array of authors and has once again displayed his devotion to conserving our planet. Everyone can benefit from reading the volume." Edith Brown Weiss, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA  (source, in the freely available front matter PDF)


Order Your Copy

The book can be ordered here and orders will be dispatch as soon as possible thereafter.


SPECIAL OFFER: For a limited-time only, you will be able to get an exclusive discount on the print book. Get details via the EPL newsletter here!




Exclusive Webinar

You are invited to watch the recording of this exclusive webinar!


Building on the success of the first ever EPL webinar in 2021 – watch here – the EPL Editor-in-Chief, Bharat H. Desai, PhD, was very happy to host the 2022 EPL webinar.

As it is 50 years since the environment first took center stage, "Stockholm+50" will be an international meeting convened by the United Nations General Assembly to be held in Stockholm, Sweden on 2 & 3 June 2022. Coinciding with this, EPL publishes a special section – Stockholm+50 and Beyond – and limited-edition book with content from experts in advance of UNEP's milestone event in 2022, which commemorates the 50 years since the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment.

Blue sky + ice
A number of contributors to the EPL special section and book joined in with an important discussion in an exclusive webinar, which was held to coincide with the Stockholm+50 event and ahead of World Environment Day 2022.

Road to Stockholm+50 and Beyond: Webinar

Envisioning Our Environmental Future


The webinar took place in advance of World Environment Day on June 3, 2022 / Watch the Recording Here 

Invited eminent panelists deliberated on the historic occasion of Stockholm+50 event to envision our environmental future in the coming years. The online event, hosted by IOS Press, reflected on a series of contributions – curated by EPL’s Editor-in-Chief and published in the journal and in book form – that probes global environmental regulatory approaches and institutional effectiveness, and explores cutting-edge ideational solutions for the current predicament faced for the care and preservation of planet Earth by humankind, 50 years on since the 1972 Stockholm Conference. 

The webinar explored cutting-edge, ideational solutions to our shared triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution.



– Bharat H. Desai (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India)
– Marten Stavenga (IOS Press, Amsterdam)

Discussion Topic:
Envisioning Our Environmental Future

– Greg Rose, Wollongong University, Australia
– Nicholas A. Robinson, Pace University Law School, USA
– Chris Backes, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
– Oliver Ruppel, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
– Kirk Junker, University of Cologne, Germany
– Yann Aguila, Club des Juristes, Paris, France / Victoria Lichet, Global Pact Coalition, USA

Supporting organizations:
– Global Judicial Institute on the Environment

    Global Judicial Institute on the Environment

– International Union for Conservation of Nature 
          IUCN logo

– Jawaharlal Nehru University
          Jawaharlal Nehru University logo

– Olof Palme International Center 
Olof Palme International Center (brown logo)
– World Commission on Environmental Law 
         World Commission on Environmental Law


Those people who joined on June 3 were able to participate and submit questions directly to the speakers during the event.
The recording of webinar can be viewed below, or watch online via the IOS Press YouTube channel here.


Thank you to everyone who participated, supported, and joined us for the webinar held in conjunction with Stockholm+50 and World Environment Day!


[Page added: December 7, 2021; updated: July 11, 2022]

Header image credit: Jeremy Goldberg on Unsplash


UNEP Event: Stockholm+50

Commemorating 50 years since the environment first took center stage, "Stockholm+50: A healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity" will be an international meeting convened by the United Nations General Assembly to be held in Stockholm, Sweden from 2–3 June 2022. Click to visit website