A  web·guide to sustainable development, conservation & the glocal environment



Domestic law databases

FAOLEX Database

     · “...a comprehensive and up-to-date legislative and policy database, one of the world's largest online

       repositories of national laws, regulations and policies on food, agriculture and natural resources

       management. Users of FAOLEX have direct access to the abstracts and indexing information about each

       text, as well as to the full text of the legislation and policies contained in the database.”

Ecolex: A Gateway to Environmental Law

     · " information service on environmental law, operated jointly by FAO, IUCN and UNEP.

     Its purpose is to build capacity worldwide by providing the most comprehensive possible global

     source of information on environmental law...

     · "...includes information on treaties, international soft-law and other non-binding policy and

        technical guidance documents, national legislation, judicial decisions, and law and policy

        literature. Users have direct access to the abstracts and indexing information about each

        document, as well as to the full text of most of the information provided."

International institutions

IUCN Academy of Environmental Law

World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL)

Associations & NGOs with an environmental law focus across two or more countries


Earth Law Center


International Council of Environmental Law (ICEL)

Rights of nature

     · The “rights of nature”" movement focuses to a great extent on legally enforceable protections for environmental features & amenities.

Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN)

Champion the Rights of Nature @ Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)

International Rights of Nature Tribunal

     · “...created by the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature in January 2014. The Tribunal aims to

       create a forum for people from all around the world to speak on behalf of nature, to protest the

       destruction of the Earth—destruction that is often sanctioned by governments and corporations—

       and to make recommendations about Earth’s protection and restoration. The Tribunal also has a

       strong focus on enabling Indigenous Peoples to share their unique concerns and solutions about

       land, water and culture with the global community."

Rights of Nature Law, Policy and Education @ UN Harmony with Nature

     · A country-by-country database of "constitutions, national statutes, and local laws" on rights of nature.

Periodicals & blogs

Biannual Bulletin of Environmental Law, UNEP (1994 - 2006)

Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review 

Buffalo Environmental Law Journal 

Carbon & Climate Law Review

Chinese Journal of Environmental Law

Climate Law

Colorado Environmental Law Journal

Colorado Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Review

Columbia Journal of Environmental Law 

Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum 

Ecology Law Quarterly

Environmental Law 

Environmental Law Journal

Environmental Law Reporter

   · “ essential online research tool edited by attorneys that provides the most-often cited analysis of environmental, sustainability, natural resources, energy, toxic tort, and land use law and policy.

Environmental Policy and Law Review

European Energy and Environmental Law Review

Harvard Environmental Law Review

Journal of Environmental Law

Journal of Environmental Law & Litigation

Legal Planet

      · “...a collaboration between faculty at UC Berkeley School of Law and UCLA School of Law,

        provides insight and analysis on energy and environmental law and policy.”

Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law (MJEAL)

New Zealand Journal of Environmental Law

William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review 

Yearbook of International Environmental Law

Environmental law & “rights of nature”

Contents of this page:

     · Domestic law databases

       · International institutions

         · Associations & NGOs with an environmental law focus across two or more countries

           · Rights of Nature

             · Periodicals & blogs

Also see Climate change law

· Three general approaches to environmental law are:

      1. Domestic environmental law at the scale of a particular individual country and internal entities  

          (e.g., states & cities). For information at this scale, see:

                 · Individual country pages at Countries A>Z

                 · USA Environmental law ~ Info & research guides

      2. International environmental law

                 · Extensive resources on international environmental law can be found starting at the

                     Global environmental governance hub.

      3. Comparative environmental law at the scale of two or more countries

                 · This page focuses on comparative environmental law.