The Goettingen Journal of International Law (GoJIL) has published a call for papers for a Special Issue on ‘Protection of the Environment in relation to Armed Conflict – Beyond the ILC’. The GoJIL, a student-run law journal, is based on a double-blind peer review process and is available open access.
The objective of the special issue is to review the work of the International Law Commission (ILC) on the topic up until now but also looking beyond the Commission’s work to search for legal avenues on how to consolidate the protection of the environment. The ILC included the topic ‘Protection of the Environment in Relation to Armed Conflict’ in 2011 on its future program of work. The Commission is now in the stage of finalizing the project by drafting principles that address environmental protection from a temporal approach, i.e. the phases of pre-conflict, during conflict, and post-conflict in light of different fields of international law. The ILC has been focusing on, inter alia the laws of armed conflict, human rights law and international environmental law.
The special issue includes papers discussed during a workshop co-organised by the Law Faculty of Lund University and the Law Faculty of University of Hamburg in March 2019, but is also open for other submissions. Contributions should address one (or several) of the three conflict phases with regard to environmental protection. Submissions can also zoom out of the three phases and look at different actors and affected groups, for instance, and how they are impacted by the environment and armed conflicts. Contributions are not limited to legal views but can include other perspectives on the topic as well.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 1 June 2019 and the final paper needs to be submitted no later than 1 August 2019. The special issue is scheduled to be published early 2020. For more information on how to submit a paper, please consult the call (below).