Journal of Human Rights and the Environment
About this Journal

The relationship between human rights and the environment is a fascinating, uneasy, and increasingly urgent one. This international journal provides a strategic academic forum in which an extended interdisciplinary and multilayered conversation can take place concerning the challenges located at the interface of these two centrally important fields.

‘Environmental and human rights issues are two of the most pressing concerns of the 21st century, and so, therefore, is the way in which these issues interact. This journal will be a timely and vital addition to the international legal literature.’

– Sarah Joseph, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University, Australia

‘No journal better engages with the impact on human rights to changes in our environment than the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment. Its articles invariably pull off that rare trick of being scholarly, readable and relevant.’

– Conor Gearty, Professor of Human Rights Law, London School of Economics, UK

‘Congratulations to the editors, Anna Grear and Conor Gearty, on Choosing a Future: The Social and Legal Aspects of Climate Change. It is a fine publication and a superb contribution to a growing evidence base to support climate justice. I appreciate the hard work and dedication that went into such an ambitious publication; one that will certainly inform ongoing discussions on how to remedy the climate crisis.The focus as we approach 2015 must be on how to solve the climate crisis is a way that is fair and informed by human rights. This is the only approach that will ensure that climate actions are good for the planet and for people. This publication—and the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment generally—is a great contribution to the international discourse’

– Mary Robinson, Director of the Mary Robinson Foundation — Climate Justice

NB. In Volume 3 Special issue of JHRE (2012) we were given permission to reprint the article 'Should trees have standing? Toward legal rights for natural objects' by Christopher D. Stone. Unfortunately we were not granted digital rights and therefore cannot release a digital copy of this article to our subscribers. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. To own a copy of this article, you must purchase a print copy of the special issue. Please email:

Editorial Information

Editor in Chief

Anna Grear, Reader in Law, Cardiff Law School, UK and Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, University of Waikato, New Zealand; Director of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE)


Evadne Grant, Louis Kotze, Stephen J. Humphreys

Assistant Editor

Elen Stokes

Editorial Board

The quality of the editorial board, which is made up of leading scholars with outstanding international reputations, ensures that this journal will make a unique contribution to an informed understanding of the relationship between human rights and the environment.

  • Upendra Baxi, Professor of Law in Development, University of Warwick, UK and University of Delhi, India
  • Ulrich Beyerlin, Retired Professor, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg and University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • Klaus Bosselmann, Professor of Law, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Sean Coyle, Professor of English Law, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Bharat Desai, Jawaharlal Nehru Chair in International Environmental Law, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  • Qun Du, Professor of Law, Deputy Director, Research Institute of Environmental Law, Wuhan University, PRC
  • Kevin Gray, Professor of Law and Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge, UK; Professor of Law, National University of Singapore
  • Parvez Hassan, Senior Partner, Hassan and Hassan, Pakistan
  • Yuji Iwasawa, Professor, Chair of International Law, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Sarah Joseph, Professor of Law, Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University, Australia
  • Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Professor of Law, Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Bronwen Morgan, Professor of Sociolegal Studies, University of Bristol, UK
  • Bradford Morse, Professor and Dean of Law, University of Waikato, New Zealand and Professor Emeritus at University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Professor of Law and Theory; Director of the Centre for Law and Theory, University of Westminster, UK
  • Benjamin J. Richardson, Professor, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Law and Sustainability, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Philippe Sands QC, Professor of Law, University College London and Matrix Chambers, UK
  • Dinah Shelton, Professor of International Law, George Washington University, US
  • Jenny Steele, Professor of Law, Director of Research, York Law School, University of York, UK
  • Christopher D. Stone, J. Thomas McCarthy Trustee Professor of Law, University of Southern California, US
  • Jonathan Verschuuren, Professor of Law, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
  • Christina Voigt, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Burns H. Weston, Bessie Dutton Murray Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus and Senior Scholar and Founder, UI Centre for Human Rights, The University of Iowa, USA
  • Laura Westra, Ph.D., Ph.D.(Law), Professor Emerita (Philosophy), University of Windsor, Canada

Two issues a year

ISSN Print 1759-7188
ISSN Online 1759-7196

Individuals: £59/ $117 (online and print); £48/$88 (online only)
Institutions: £147/$263 (online and print); £129/$212 (online only)
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Call for Papers and Author Guidelines

JHRE is a bi-annual journal covering the links and tensions between human rights and environmental issues, regulation and rights. The journal is widely recognised by international scholars for its intellectual quality, relevance and for the depth of its contribution to the vital search for new ways of negotiating the human-environment interface. The journal publishes a wide range of scholarly contributions - from top quality doctrinal scholarship to outstanding critical theoretical examinations of its themes.
The editors seek high quality contributions of between 8,000-12,000 words from academics, practitioners and activists working either field. The journal focuses on original research, articles, commentaries and book reviews and is aimed predominantly at academics and intellectuals working in the public sphere, engaged with the issues. The contributions are double blind peer reviewed prior to acceptance for publication.

The journal has published leading scholars such as Dinah Shelton, Christopher Stone, Mary Warnock, Ngaire Naffine, Peadar Kirby, Upendra Baxi, Laura Westra, David Kinley, Lorraine Code, Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos.

The journal invites submission of high quality, thoughtful contributions for the following forthcoming editions:-

  • Volume 6, Issue 1: Biocultural Rights - papers by June 2014 (Publication March 2015)

Future themes will include:-

  • Ecology and Epistemology
  • Responding to Disaster
  • Constitutional Environmental Rights

Papers outside of these themes but which fall within the scope of the journal are also invited. Submissions should be addressed to: Anna Grear (

Book review submissions should be sent to: Jacinta Ruru (

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Article manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with our house style guidelines - JHRE Guidance

The final version of your article should be accompanied by a completed copy of the Author Information Form
JHRE Author Information Form

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If your article is accepted for publication, you will be asked to sign our standard Contributor Agreement
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General Information

Forthcoming Issues

Special Issue: Choosing a Future: The Social and Legal Aspects of Climate Change (June 2014)

The issue is no longer whether climate change is happening; it is rather what we should now be doing about it. Drawing together key thinkers and policy experts, this unique collection engages with the human dimensions of climate change, offering a timely intervention into contemporary debates about the challenging relationship between law and society in a time of climate crisis. The collection addresses: climate change as a crisis of human hierarchy; climate justice; the complicity of law in climate injustice; the rights of future generations; the nature of climate duties; the interplay between trade law and climate change strategies; and the nature of the policy responses now required to address the crisis. The result is an imaginative, well-informed and provocative collection of contemporary engagements with the greatest challenge of the age, concerned not only to understand the current crisis but to offer perspectives on how it can be addressed. At the heart of this edition is the conviction that change is urgent, possible and morally imperative.

Contributors: John Knox, United Nations Independent Expert on Climate Change; Mary Robinson, Director of the Mary Robinson Institute: Climate Justice; Oliver De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food; Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action; Conor Gearty, Director of the Institute of Public Affairs, London School of Economics; Henry Shue, Senior Research Fellow Merton College, and Professor of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford; Marcus Hedahl, Dahrendorf Postdoctoral Fellow; Anna Grear, Dahrendorf Visiting Fellow and Director of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE); Stephen Humphrey, Lecturer in Law, London School of Economics.

Volume 5, Issue 2: Ecosystem Services and Capitalism (September 2015)

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