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The relationship between human rights and the environment is fascinating, uneasy and increasingly urgent. This international journal provides a strategic academic forum for an extended interdisciplinary and multi-layered conversation that explores emergent possibilities, existing tensions, and multiple implications of entanglements between human and non-human forms of liveliness. We invite critical engagements on these themes, especially as refracted through human rights and environmental law, politics, policy-making and community level activisms.

‘The Journal of Human Rights and the Environment consistently highlights some of the best cutting-edge scholarship in this rapidly developing field."

– John H. Knox, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, 2012-2018

‘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:


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)


Julia Dehm, Senior Lecturer, La Trobe Law School, Australia

Managing Editor

Samvel Varvastian, Doctoral Researcher, School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University, UK


Evadne Grant, Associate Head of Department of Law, Bristol Law School, University of the West of England, UK and GNHRE Research Director
Stephen J. Humphreys, Associate Professor of International Law, London School of Economics, UK
Margherita Pieraccini, Reader in Law, University of Bristol, UK

Assistant Editors

Sam Adelman, Reader in Law, University of Warwick, UK
Joshua C. Gellers, Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of North Florida, USA
Vito De Lucia, Associate Professor, Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
Sarah Mason-Case, Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholar, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, 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

Book Review Editor

Dina Townsend, Postdoctoral Researcher, Tilburg Law School, Department European and International Public Law, Tilburg University, Netherlands
Tim Lindgren, Doctoral Researcher, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, Australia

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 SheltonProfessor 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, Professor, Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo, Norway





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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 on the following themes:

Special Issue: Post-human Legalities (ed. Emille Boulot, Anna Grear, Ivan Vargas Roncancio and Joshua Sterlin). Submissions for this issue should be sent 1 December 2020.
Human Rights and Climate Litigation (12.2) (ed. Annalisa Savaresi). General submissions for this issue should be sent by 1st January 2021.
States, Corporations and Commons: Dissonance and Disaccord (13.1) (ed. Paolo Davide Farah). Submission for this issue should be sent by 1st March 2021.
The concept of equity in environmental law (13.2) (ed. Stephen Humphreys). Submissions for this issue should be sent by 1st September 2021.
Law of the sea (14.1) (ed. Vito de Lucia). Submission for this issue should be sent by 1st March 2022.

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.

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Forthcoming Issues

Future themes will include:

Post-human legalities
Human rights and climate litigation
States, corporations and commons
The concept of equality in environmental law
Law of the sea

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