Journal of Human Rights and the Environment

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JHRE is a bi-annual journal covering the links and tensions between human rights and environmental issues. 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 has published works by leading scholars on human rights and the environment, including Dinah Shelton, Christopher Stone, Mary Warnock, Ngaire Naffine, Peadar Kirby, Upendra Baxi, Laura Westra, David Kinley, Lorraine Code, and Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos. Some of these works have been referred to by courts and human rights treaty bodies: for example, in the European Court of Human Rights’ 2022 judgments on the environment Pavlov and Others v. Russia and Kotov and Others v. Russia, Judge Serghides, concurring, made extensive references to the Strasbourg Principles and to various articles from the Human Rights and the Planet special issue.

The editors seek high quality contributions on doctrinal scholarship and critical theoretical examinations of between 8,000-12,000 words (including footnotes) from academics, practitioners, and activists. The journal publishes original research articles, commentaries, and book reviews. All submissions are double-blind peer reviewed. 

Submissions should be made through the online portal If you have any questions regarding the submissions process, please email and indicate ‘JHRE submission query’ in the subject line.

To propose a book review or for questions in relation to book reviews, please email

Call for Papers: the JHRE symposium, Cardiff 22–23 June 2023

We are pleased to invite submissions of between 2,500–3,000 words for the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment symposium that will be held in hybrid format in Cardiff/via Zoom on 22–23 June 2023. 

The relationship between human rights and the environment is fascinating, uneasy, and increasingly urgent. The goal of the symposium is to bring together academics, practitioners, and activists to discuss a small number of early-stage  papers that engage in critical theoretical and doctrinal examinations, and to give authors the opportunity to improve their work. All submissions should be early stage papers of between 2,500–3,000 words (including footnotes), and should  have a title and a short abstract, clear structure and methodology, and be  supported by relevant sources. We will select the submissions based on their  scholarly quality, novelty, and relevance. Please note that fully developed papers are not eligible for the symposium. 

The symposium will be held in hybrid format in Cardiff/via Zoom on 22–23 June  2023. Invited presenters will have a chance to read all papers that will be  presented during the symposium ahead of the event. During the symposium,  presenters will discuss all papers and provide feedback. Fully developed papers  that emerge from the symposium will be considered for publication in the JHRE. 

The symposium is open to presenters only. We expect to have a small budget to  help cover accommodation and travel expenses for presenters with limited funding  opportunities.  

All submissions should be emailed to by 23:59 GMT on 31 March 2023. In addition, please provide a short bio and  indicate whether you prefer to participate in person or via Zoom. Invited  presenters will be notified by 30 April 2023.

Style/Submissions Guide

Article manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with our house style guidelines available here: JHRE Guidance

You must complete the Contributor Information form when you submit your final draft.

Terms of publication

If your article is accepted for publication, you will be asked to sign our standard Contributor Agreement: JHRE License to Publish

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Editorial Team


  • Anna Grear, Professor of Law and Theory, Cardiff University; Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Waikato, New Zealand; Founder of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE)

Managing Editor

  • Sam Varvastian, Lecturer in Law, School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University, UK

Senior Editors

  • Evadne Grant, Associate Head of Department of Law, Bristol Law School, University of the West of England, UK and GNHRE Research Director
  • Sam Adelman, Reader in Law, University of Warwick, UK
  • Vito De Lucia, Professor, Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
  • Carmen Gonzalez, Morris I. Leibman Professor of Law, ​Loyola University Chicago School of Law, US
  • Jana Norman, PhD, Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics, University of Adelaide, Australia


  • Stephen J. Humphreys, Associate Professor of International Law, London School of Economics, UK
  • Margherita Pieraccini, Reader in Law, University of Bristol, UK
  • Sarah Riley Case, Assistant Professor, McGill University Faculty of Law, Canada
  • Usha Natarajan, Associate Professor of Law, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Yoriko Otomo, Director, Global Research Network and Research Associate, SOAS University of London, UK
  • Chris Jeffords, Associate Teaching Professor, Villanova University, US
  • Kathleen Birrell, Lecturer, La Trobe Law School, Australia
  • Rosemary Mwanza, Doctoral Researcher, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
  • Tim Lindgren, Doctoral Researcher, Melbourne Law School, Australia

Book Review Editors

  • Giulia Sajeva, Researcher, Department of Culture and Society, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy
  • Sanita van Wyk, Lecturer, Tilburg Law School, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Student Editors 

  • Isabel Jenkinson, School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University, UK 
  • Sharon Ng’ang’a, School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University, UK

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
  • 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, Australian Research Council Future Fellow, UNSW Law, Sydney, Australia
  • Karen Morrow, Professor of Environmental Law, University of Swansea, UK
  • Bradford Morse, Dean and Professor of Law, Thompson Rivers University, Canada; Professor of Law, University of Waikato, New Zealand; Professor Emeritus, 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 of Environmental Law, University of Tasmania, Australia
  • 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
  • Jonathan Verschuuren, Professor of Law, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
  • Christina Voigt, Professor, Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo, Norway