About the journal
Nordic Environmental Law Journal is electronic.
Issues and articles can be downloaded from this website without cost.
The owner of the journal is Professor Charlotta Zetterberg, Faculty of Law, Uppsala University, Sweden. She is also the editor and the publisher. Co-editors are:
- Professor Helle Tegner Anker, Institute of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark,
- Professor Ole Kristian Fauchald, Department of Public and International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, Norway
- Professor Timo Koivurova, Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, University of Lapland (Rovaniemi), Finland
The journal publishes articles of importance for environmental law research and development in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden). The articles focus on environmental law from a national, EU or international perspective. All articles are subject to peer review. The journal’s languages are Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or English.
The journal's objective is to address environmental legal theoretical issues related to sustainable development. From that perspective the journal may include a wide range of topics including, inter alia, the quality of land, water and air (including climate), maintaining biodiversity, efficient use of natural resources and energy, control of waste and chemicals, the relation between trade and the environment and environmental perspectives on human rights.
The first issue was published 2009. The intention is to publish at least two issues per year. After agreement with the editor, it is possible to publish a "special issue", including papers from an environmental law conference. These issues are managed by a guest editor.
In order to increase the readership, all articles are republished by the World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII), http://www.worldlii.org, in both the Law Journals project, http://www.worldlii.org/int/journals, and the European Law Project, http://www.worldlii.org/int/special/europe. WorldLII provides enhanced research tools (user friendly search engine), improving the opportunity for articles in the journal to be located.
The author holds the copyright and publishing right without restrictions. The author is free to republish the article in any form (article, book chaper etc.), provided it is specified in the republished text the issue number of Nordic Environmental Law Journal where the article was first published.
Photo on front page: The mountain Städjan in northern Dalarna, Sweden (photo: Gabriel Michanek, March 2009). The mountain has for many years been subject to exploitation plans (installations for downhill skiing). The plans were disapproved by the government in 2007. The mountain is protected as a Special Conservation Area (Natura 2000). It is also of "national interest" for nature conservation and for Sami reindeer herding.
Do you want to publish an article in the journal?
Articles should not exceed 40 pages A4 (about 20000 words), articles with 10-25 pages are preferable. Authors are not charged in connection with submitting or processing articles.
Please send your proposed article to the editor as an attached file on address: email@example.com. If the article after a prior assessment is considered to match with the journal’s objective (see general information), the editor submits the article to one or, where appropriate, two referees for peer review. The referee recommends the article to be published or not. The referee may also suggest how to improve the article. It is always the editor that finally decides if the article will be published or not.
The journal is digital and specific requirements on the submitted manuscripts apply. The purpose is to make the transformation from manuscript to published article as smooth as possible.
The journal has A4-format and the articles are published in two columns. This operation is carried out by the person formatting the journal, not by the author.
There is a rather liberal approach to how the author includes references etc., however the editor or a referee may have remarks on possible indistinctness.
As a general rule, footnotes (in bottom of each side) are used. If references are many or long the author must instead use endnotes (placed after the entire text). However, it is generally recommended not to use long and many footnotes. The editor may advice the author to reduce the size or number of references. The editor may also transform footnotes to endnotes.
The author is free to include a list of references in the end of the article. Such lists are often not necessary, the full information of the work may instead be provided in the footnote where the reference is first mentioned.
The article must include a short abstract in English, including only the research question and the most importants conclusions.
The journal may include illustrations (pictures, figures etc.). These may cause problems in the transformation. The author must therefore observe the following:
Make the illustrations as small as possible, but still easily readable. Strive to use illustrations not wider than one column. Illustrations wider than that (up to the width of two columns) are accepted but may be placed on another page than preferred by the author. Illustrations higher than 30 % of the text space of the page may also be placed distant from the corresponding article text.
Many readers will read the journal in black and white. The author must take this into account when making the illustration.
The author should submit the manuscript in Word or RTF (Rich Text Format).
The author is responsible for proofreading. Articles written in English should normally be proofread by an expert in English if the author's native language is another.
The reviewers connected to the journal are all academics (doctor of laws) with experience from research and education in environmental law. Together they represent a highly qualified group of expertise covering different fields of environmental law on international, EU and national levels. Also other reviewers are occasionally engaged.
Associate Professor Christina Allard, Department of Law, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Professor Helle Tegner Anker, Institute of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Professor em. Inge Lorange Backer, Department of Public and International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, Norway
Professor Ellen Margrethe Basse, Law School, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Professor em. Hans Christian Bugge, Department of Public and International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, Norway
Associate Professor Anna Christiernsson, Faculty of Law, Stockholm University, Sweden
Professor Jason Czarnezki, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Pace University, New York City, US
Associate Professor Carl Dalhammar, The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, Lund University, Sweden
Professor Jan Darpö, Faulty of Law, Uppsala University, Sweden
Professor Jonas Ebbesson, Faculty of Law, Stockholm University, Sweden
Professor Ole Kristian Fauchald, Department of Public and International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, Norway
Professor Lena Gipperth, Department of Law, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Professor Tore Henriksen, Faculty of Law, University of Tromsø, Norway
Professor em. Erkki Hollo, Helsinki, Finland
Professor Aðalheiður Jóhannsdóttir, Faculty of Law, University of Iceland (Reykjavik), Iceland
Professor Timo Koivurova, Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, University of Lapland (Rovaniemi), Finland
Professor Kai Kokko, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, Finland
Professor David Langlet, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Professor Gabriel Michanek, Faculty of Law, Uppsala University, Sweden
Professor Annika Nilsson, Faculty of Law, Lunds University, Sweden
Professor Birgitte Egelund Olsen, Department of Law, Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Juris Doctor, Judge in Land and Environmental Court, Christina Olsen-Lundh, Department of Law, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Professor Peter Pagh, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Professor Maria Pettersson, Department of Law, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Professor Jukka Similä, Faculty of Law, University of Lapland, Finland
Associate Professor Eivind Torp, Department of Business, Economics and Law, Mid University, Östersund, Sweden
Associate Professor Filippo Valguarnera, Institution of Law, Gothenburg University, Sweden
Professor Christina Voigt, Department of Public and International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, Norway