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Introducing the Environmental Rights Review and our first Call for Papers

We are extremely excited to introduce The Environmental Rights Review (the Review), a brand new open-access, online journal hosted by the Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment. 

The Review provides opportunities for scholars and practitioners to write and engage with cutting-edge research on the urgent topic of environmental rights, where interdisciplinary approaches address practical applications, and where ideas can be presented discursively with opportunities for responses and evolution. The Review is a forum for engaging, changing, critical discussion of environmental rights seen broadly, encompassing a wide array interconnecting issues and questions. 

In establishing The Review, the editorial team had a number of revolutionary aims. We hope to create a journal that is interactive, where ideas can be developed, engaged with, evolve and grow. The Review will be experimental and adventurous, creating opportunities for the publication of new kinds of research, but also for interrogating and reinventing practices of environmental rights publishing. We aim to create a journal that is at the same time a workshop space, where we can revisit and experiment with old ideas and practices, and develop new approaches and methods.  

One of the key aims of the Review is to address the lack of scholarly space and attention that is sometimes given to Global South, Indigenous, LGBTQQIP2SAA and junior scholars in environmental rights publishing and to ensure greater access to environmental rights scholarship. The Review is entirely free and its editors are committed to finding new and innovative ways to ensure accessibility, especially for those without easy access to formal academic resources. While the first two issues will be published in English, in time the Review aims to develop the necessary infrastructure to publish in a range of languages.  

The Review will officially launch in Spring 2023 and we are delighted to invite contributions for the Review’s inaugural issue. 

This first issue will focus on the growing recognition of the right to a healthy environment at the international level. In October 2021, the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution recognizing the right to a healthy environment. The United Nations General Assembly was then invited to consider the matter. Contributions that explore the process, significance or meaning of international recognition are invited, as well as pieces that reflect on the national influence of the constitutional right to a healthy environment to international recognition or its meaning for national implementation.  

Contributions should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words. We also invite opinion pieces by scholars, practitioners, activists, defenders and policy-makers on the same subject, of no more than 4,000 words. In addition, we welcome images, art works and other original creations.

For this first issue, we are using the Oscola referencing guide for the Journal’s referencing style and we will rely on a double blind review process. (In future issues, we plan to critically engage with classic processes of referencing and review – watch this space.)

The Review is committed to ensuring gender and geographical diversity. 

Abstracts should be sent to environmentalrightsreview@gmail.com by 30 May 2022. Completed papers should be sent by 15 September 2022.

The Editorial Team

Chief Editor: Irene Antonopoulos, Royal Holloway, University of London

Founding Editorial Board

Jean-Pierre Gauci, Arthur Watts Senior Fellow and Director of Training, BIICL

Victoria Lichet, Chief Operating Officer, GNHRE; Executive Director, Global Pact Coalition

Dina Lupin, Director, GNHRE; School of Law, University of Southampton

Maria-Antonia Tigre, Deputy Director, GNHRE; Global Climate Litigation Fellow, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School

Natalia Urzola, Chief Operating Officer, GNHRE

Constantinos Yiallourides, Research Fellow, BIICL; Lecturer Macquarie University Sydney 

The first issue is generously sponsored by the School of Law at the University of Southampton. 

Astrid Milena Bernal

By Astrid Milena Bernal

Astrid Milena Bernal Rubio is a Colombian LL.M student at Pennsylvania State University (concentrations in International Law and Energy and Environmental Law). She is a lawyer from the Universidad Católica de Colombia, Magister in Environmental Law from the Complutense University of Madrid and Specialist in human rights and critical legal studies from the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) Latin American School of Public Policy- ELAP.

As part of the technical team of GFLAC (climate finance group for Latin America and the Caribbean), she supported the creation of the MRV system (monitoring, reporting and verification) for climate finance in Colombia. In addition, she has been a consultant for the WRI (World Resources Institute) and The Access Initiative (TAI), working as the National researcher for the Environmental Democracy Index (EDI). Also, she has worked as a consultant for AVINA Foundation, The Bogotá’s drainage and sewerage company (EAAB). She has worked as a lawyer and researcher on issues associated with public participation, access to information, forests, carbon markets, rights of indigenous peoples and rural communities in Colombia.

Astrid was a volunteer for the Network for Environmental Justice in Colombia and promoted the creation and growth of the climate justice division at the Environment and Society Association (AAS) of Colombia. She worked as the Climate Justice division coordinator for five years. Astrid was a senior research coordinator in a joint research project with UNICEF to contribute to the fulfilment of the SDGs (6), focusing its work on guaranteeing the rights of access to sanitation for rural, indigenous and Afro-descendant populations in Colombia. She is also part of the founders of the Colombian NGO- CAMBIUM (Climate, Environment and Research-Action Uniting Worlds). This organization aims to, directly and indirectly, influence processes carried out by civil society and decision-makers related to climate change.

Currently, she works at the Global Forest Coalition as an associate for the Unsustainable Livestock Campaign. Astrid also supports the work of Pivot Point and the CLARA group (Climate, Land, Ambition and Rights Alliance), promoting the understanding and participation of CSOs to ensure higher ambition of NDC (Nationally Determined Contributions) in Spanish speakers countries.

Astrid is a research assistant at Penn State University identifying how different kinds of transboundary river basin organizations have written and used dispute resolution mechanisms in both the bilateral agreements between the US, Mexico and Canada (NAFTA-USMCA) and the Autonomous Binational Authority of the Basin of Lake Titicaca (Bolivia, Peru).

Astrid is member of the core team in the Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE), she is part of the global network of environmental lawyers (ELAW) and collaborates as a volunteer for The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition- CAIR coalition.