Journal of Human Rights and the Environment
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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:

Editor in Chief

Anna Grear, Cardiff Law School, UK and Director of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE)


Louis Kotze, NWU, South Africa and Deputy Director of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE)
Evadne Grant, Bristol Law School, UWE, UK
Stephen J. Humphreys, LSE, UK

Assistant Editor

Elen Stokes, Cardiff Law School, UK

Book Review Editors

Jacinta Ruru
Josh Gellers

Editorial Assistants

Josh Gellers
Margherita Pieraccini

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
  • Karen Morrow, Professor of Environmental Law, Swansea University, 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 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
  • 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
  • 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

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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 of Human Rights and the Environment invites contributions to a themed edition on the 2015 Paris Agreement on all aspects of the agreement invoking human rights and environmental justice concerns. Contributions on the following questions will be especially welcome:

  • Differentiation and universality – how should the differentiation between developed and developing countries be understood, with what impacts on human rights? Should the common but differentiated responsibility principle be understood differently? Is the universal nature of the agreement a virtue?
  • Enforcement mechanisms – how viable are the reporting, transparency and accountability mechanisms? What are the prospects of global stocktakes?
  • Human rights – how will the Agreement affect the protection of human rights, which are mentioned in the Preamble but not the body of the agreement?
  • Climate justice – will the agreement change mainstream conceptions of the relationship between climate justice and human rights?
  • Does the agreement really signal the end of the age of fossil fuels as some have claimed? Does the agreement do much to impose accountability on transnational corporations in general and fossil fuel companies in particular?
  • What is the future of the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage following the agreement?
  • How will the agreement affect the human rights of indigenous peoples, women and the residents of small island developing states?
  • The agreement is legally binding but is it unenforceable?
  • REDD+ - to what extent does the Paris Agreement enhance the REDD+ framework and the human rights of forest dwellers?
  • Technology transfer – will the Paris Agreement promote the transfer of renewable technologies from developed to developing countries?
  • Climate finance (related to differentiation) – will developed countries deliver on their financing commitments under the Agreement? What, if any, are the obligations of rapidly industrialising countries such as BRICS and MINTS? Are the financial mechanisms in the agreement adequate in relation to adaptation, mitigation and loss and damage?

Submissions should be sent to Anna Grear, Editor in Chief at by 1st February 2017.

All submissions are double-blind peer reviewed. The JHRE welcomes a wide range of approaches, critical, doctrinal and practice-facing—and welcomes contributions from any academic discipline.

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 (

Style/Submissions Guide

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

Terms of publication

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

Future themes will include:

Constitutionalism, the Global Order and the Environment
Climate Change, Justice and Displacement

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