Special Issue "International Sustainable Development Law"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2020).
“Sustainable development” has become one of the most influential principles in international law. Literature on it has virtually exploded over the past three decades. From states to multinational corporations and from affluent communities in the Global North to impoverished communities in the Global South, virtually everybody is now talking about sustainable development. It has come a long way since the World Commission on Environment and Development first popularized the term in 1987, and it has both ardent proponents and critiques On the one end of the spectrum are those who believe that it is a hard concept to define and operationalize, and virtually any kind of development can be considered “sustainable” as long as it is labeled “sustainable”. On the other end of the spectrum are those who believe that a new branch of international law called “international sustainable development law” has emerged. It has also received the attention of the World Court and other tribunals and a substantial body of jurisprudence on sustainable development has emerged (excerpts from Sumudu Atapattu, “From ‘Our Common Future’ to Sustainable Development Goals: Evolution of Sustainable Development under International Law,” Wisconsin International Law Journal, vol 36:2 (2019), 215).
As academics, we should take a step back and take stock of this burgeoning field. What does “international sustainable development law” mean? What are the principles that come within the umbrella of sustainable development? What are the pros and cons of sustainable development? How have judiciaries around the world applied it? How have development agencies and international organizations applied it? Are there significant national laws that seek to operationalize it? How do we reform our national laws and institutions to embrace sustainability and sustainable development?
The guest editor for this Special Issue is Dr Sumudu Atapattu of University of Wisconsin Law School. The Special Issue, which will be published online, invites articles from scholars and advanced PhD students in any discipline, especially, law, political science, sociology, economics, and international studies to submit an abstract within the broad theme “International Sustainable Development Law.” Possible topics include (but not limited to):
- Sustainable development in the era of climate change
- Sustainable development and the Anthropocene
- Sustainable development and human rights
- Sustainable development and the North-South divide
- Sustainable development, Sustainable Development Goals, and human rights
- Sustainable development and courts
- Sustainable development and environmental constitutionalism
- Sustainable development, human rights and good governance
- Right to development or sustainable development
- Sustainable development and capitalism
- Sustainable development, business enterprises and multinational corporations
- Sustainability versus environmental protection
To apply, please submit an abstract of around 1000-1200 words and a CV electronically to Sumudu Atapattu (sumud[email protected]) no later than (15 February 2020). Successful submissions will be notified by (30 March 2020). Completed papers of 8,000-10,000 words will be due on 30 September 2020.
Dr. Sumudu Atapattu
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1900 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- sustainable development
- climate change
- human rights
- North-South divide
- Sustainable Development Goals