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APJEL is a journal addressing the dynamic developments in environmental law in the Asia Pacific region.

APJEL was established in 1996 and has a global reputation for publishing scholarly and current analysis of all aspects of Asia Pacific environmental law and policy. From 2016 APJEL is published by Edward Elgar and joins Edward Elgar’s growing list of international scholarly journals.

APJEL publishes original articles, case notes, comments, country reports and book reviews. It provides in-depth and critical insights on environmental law that have relevance to those with an interest in the articulation and implementation of legal responses to environmental and developmental challenges in the Asia Pacific region.

APJEL is a scholarly peer-reviewed journal and all contributions are subject to review prior to acceptance for publication.


Professor Tim Stephens and Associate Professor Ed Couzens, University of Sydney Law School, Australia

Associate Editors

Dr Saiful Karim, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Dr Manuel Solis, Professor, San Beda University Graduate School of Law, Philippines
Cameron Holley, School of Law, Society and Criminology, Faculty of Law & Justice, UNSW Sydney, Australia
Evan Hamman, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia 

Book Review Editor

Dr Kate Owens, University of Sydney Law School, Australia

Editorial Board

Ben Boer, The University of Sydney, Australia
Jennifer Corrin, The University of Queensland, Australia
Bharat H. Desai, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Yanti Fristikawati, Atma Jaya Catholic University, Indonesia
Anna Grear, Cardiff University, UK
Parvez Hassan, Hassan & Hassan, Pakistan
Kheng Lian Koh, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Bridget Lewis, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Rosemary Lyster, The University of Sydney, Australia
Jan McDonald, University of Tasmania, Australia
Wang Mingyuan, Tsinghua University, China
The Hon Justice Brian Preston, Land and Environment Court of NSW, Australia
Mas Achmad Santosa, Indonesian Centre for Environmental Law, Indonesia
Alan Tan Khee Jin, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Margaretha Wewerinke, The University of the South Pacific, Vanuatu
Katie Woolaston, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Wang Xi, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

No of issues per year: 2

ISSN print 1385-2140 
ISSN online 1875-8258

2021 subscription prices:

Individuals: £102.50/$203.50 (online and print); £84.00/$153.00 (online only)
Institutions: £216.50/$347.50 (online and print); £191.00/$305.50 (online only)
Single print issue: £65/$100

30% discount for new subscribers when taking out a joint subscription to all Elgar Law journals. Please request this discount when placing your subscription.

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Developing Countries Access Application Form

Instructions on submission

APJEL welcomes original contributions in the English language. All contributors will be required to complete a licence to publish form upon acceptance of an article.

Work submitted for publication must be previously unpublished and not under consideration for publication elsewhere and, if accepted, it should not then be published elsewhere in the same form or language. If substantial previously published parts of text are to be included, the copyright-holder’s permission must have been obtained prior to submission.

Articles should be no longer than 12,000 words in length. Country reports, case notes and comments should be no longer than 6,000 words in length. Book reviews should be no longer than 2,500 words. Submissions should be in 12pt font or larger and double line spaced.

Submissions should include a list of keywords (maximum 8), short abstract (maximum 200 words), an introduction and conclusion.

They must be submitted as Word files.

Article manuscripts and editorial queries should be sent to the Editors, Tim Stephens ( or Ed Couzens ( Book reviews should be sent to the Book Review Editor, Kate Owens (

The final version of your manuscript should be accompanied by a completed copy of the Author Information Form: APJEL Author Information Form.

Article manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with our house style guidelines: APJEL Guidance.

Terms of publication

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

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Information for librarians

In the absence of a separate license agreement, Edward Elgar Publishing follows the SERU guidelines for subscriptions to the Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, as published at the NISO SERU website:

Edward Elgar is also able to enter in to a signed license agreement with institutions if this is preferred. Two copies must be signed and sent to: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, The Lypiatts, 15 Lansdown Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2JA, UK, email with any queries. Or go to our license page.

Journal Interlibrary Loan Policy

Subscribing not-for-profit institutions may share single printed copies of articles among other not-for-profit academic libraries on behalf of end users, to fulfil individual requests by authorised users of those institutions for the purpose of research or private study. Subscribing institutions may also supply secure electronic versions (up to a maximum of five articles per year from any one journal to any one library) by secure electronic transmission including fax, Ariel or its equivalents, whereby the electronic version is deleted after printing.

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APJEL Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Open Access in Elgar Journals

All Elgar Journals give to authors the option of making their article Open Access via the Gold Open Access route, under the following criteria:

  • Requests will only be considered after the article has been submitted, peer-reviewed and accepted for publication by the Journal.
  • An author processing charge of £1200 per article is applicable.
  • The Article will be made publicly available on Elgaronline under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-NC), both in free-flowing HTML and as a PDF download.
  • The version of the Article made available on Elgaronline will be the final published version of the full Article, both in free-flowing HTML and as a PDF download.
  • Authors can embed a link into any public repository or web-page which links directly to the final version of the full article on Elgaronline.

Download our Self Archiving Policy document 

Self Archiving Policy

Abstracting and Indexing

  • Scopus
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
  • Law Journal Rankings Project
  • ProQuest Social Science Premium Collection
  • ProQuest Politics Collection
  • ProQuest PAIS International (Module)
  • Legal Source, EBSCO
  • Environment Complete, EBSCO

Discovery Services

  • Ex Libris Primo Central Index
  • ProQuest Summon® Service
  • OCLC WorldCat
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • Google Scholar
  • CrossRef

Digital Preservation Services

  • Portico

Developing Countries Access

Edward Elgar are proud to work in partnership with the following organizations, aiming to provide developing countries with access to academic materials:

  • Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL): a not-for-profit organization that works with libraries to enable free access to knowledge in developing countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America.
  • Global Online Access to Legal Information (GOALI): a new programme of the Research4Life group, which aims to provide free or low-cost online access to law-related academic and professional content to institutions in over 115 countries. Research4Life’s other programmes include Hinari, AGORA, OARE, and ARDI. This new programme will launch in March 2018.

As part of this collaboration, Edward Elgar have agreed to provide access to all journal content and a Development studies eBook collection.