Special Issue "Environmental Law for Sustainability"


A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 March 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Timo Koivurova
Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Center, University of Lapland, Lapin Yliopisto PL 122, Rovaniemi, FIN-96101, Finland
Website: http://www.arcticcentre.org/InEnglish/CONTACTS/Staff/Koivurova,-Timo
E-Mail: timo.koivurova@ulapland.fi

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Environmental law, as a branch of legal scholarship, has had to struggle with many challenges. Global and regional pollution problems mean that national environmental legal systems have had to increasingly operate in a complex, multilevel regulatory environment. Environmental law does not exist in a vacuum. Legal systems, at various levels, advance many goals; these objectives sometimes conflict with one another (e.g., trade and environmental objectives often conflict). Contributors to this issue will examine why is it difficult for environmental law, on different levels (i.e., within the international, European, or national arenas), to advance a policy of environmental protection. In many cases, it seems, law acts as a conservative force in society, upholding values and norms that were important in the past, but which have become obstacles in the present. If we can diagnose the sustainability problems created by law, we can learn not only more of the workings of the law in general, but also what potentially can be done to overcome those obstacles so as to promote sustainable development. It is important to study the issue in various ways, from theoretical arguments to empirical case-studies, in order to advance our understanding how law functions, and how we can overcome the obstacles in environmental law that have prevented the law from contributing to sustainable development.

Prof. Dr. Timo Koivurova
Gues Editor


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  • law
  • environmental law
  • governance
  • sustainable development
  • sustainability
  • conservation law

Published Papers (3 papers)

Sustainability 2014, 6(7), 4645-4657; doi:10.3390/su6074645
Received: 31 March 2014; in revised form: 26 June 2014 / Accepted: 17 July 2014 / Published: 23 July 2014
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Sustainability 2014, 6(6), 3534-3551; doi:10.3390/su6063534
Received: 27 March 2014; in revised form: 15 May 2014 / Accepted: 15 May 2014 / Published: 30 May 2014
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Sustainability 2014, 6(4), 2338-2356; doi:10.3390/su6042338
Received: 6 March 2014; in revised form: 14 April 2014 / Accepted: 14 April 2014 / Published: 22 April 2014
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Last update: 19 September 2013

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