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Sustainable Development Law & Policy

Exploring How Today's Development Affects Future Generations Around the Globe


Sustainable Development Law & Policy ("SDLP") is a student-run initiative at American University, Washington College of Law that focuses on reconciling the tensions between environmental sustainability, economic development, and human welfare. The SDLP journal embraces an interdisciplinary approach to provide a fuller view of current legal, political, and social developments. Our mission is to serve as a valuable resource for practitioners, policy makers, and concerned citizens promoting sustainable development throughout the world.


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Recent Issues:

Volume XIV

Public Health and the Environment
IPAT in Practice

Journal du Droit et Politique du Développement Durable Printemps 2014
Revista del Derecho y la Poltica del Desarrollo Sostenible Primavera 2014

Volume XIII

Environmental Justice and Equity


Volume XII

Rio + 20
Climate Law Reporter 2012
Natural Resource Conflicts


Volume XI

Sustainable Development in the Urban Environment
Climate Law Reporter 2011
Trade, Investment, and Sustainable Development


Volume X

Sustainable Development in the Courts
Climate Law Reporter 2010
Sustainable Pathways Towards Biodiversity Preservation

Journal du Droit et Politique du Développement Durable Eté 2010
Revista del Derecho y la Poltica del Desarrollo Sostenible Verano 2010

Volume IX

Global Food & Agriculture
Climate Law Reporter 2009
Global Clean Technology

Journal du Droit et Politique du Développement Durable Eté 2009
Revista del Derecho y la Poltica del Desarrollo Sostenible Verano 2009

Volume VIII

Environmental Change and Polar Regions
Climate Law Reporter 2008
Federal Environmental Policy

Journal du Droit et Politique du Développement Durable Eté 2008
Revista del Derecho y la Poltica del Desarrollo Sostenible Verano 2008

Back Issues    

Past Contributors Include:

Sustainable Development in the Courts -- Fall 2009

  • Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Center for International Sustainable Development Law: The Role of International Forums in the Advancement of Sustainable Development
  • James R. May, Widener University: Not at All: Environmental Sustainability in the Supreme Court
  • Shyami Fernando Puvimanasinghe: Towards a Jurisprudence of Sustainable Development in South Asia: Litigation in the Public Interest

Global Clean Technology -- Spring 2009

  • Stephen Humphreys, International Council on Human Rights Policy: Perspective: Technoloy Transfer and Human Rights: Joining Up the Dots
  • Federico Caprotti, University College London, Department of Geography: China's Cleantech Landscape; The Renewable Energy Technology Paradox
  • Stephen Kho, Bernd G. Janzen, & Holly M. Smith, Akin Gump: Border Adjustment Measures in Proposed U.S. Climate Change Legislation: A New Chapter in America's Leadership on Climate Change?

Climate Law Reporter -- Winter 2009

  • Dr. Allen D. Hecht, Director for Sustainable Development, Ofice of Research and Development of the U.S. EPA: Resolving the Climate Wars
  • Les Lo Baugh & William L. Troutman, Environmental Practice Group of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.: Assessing the Challenges of Geologic Carbon Capture and Sequestration: A California GUide to the Cost of Reducing CO2 Emissions
  • Jacqueline Peel & Lee Godden, Melbourne Law School: Planning for Adaptation to Climate Change: Landmark Cases from Australia

Global Food & Agriculture -- Fall 2008

  • Meredith Niles, Coordinator of the Cool Foods Campaign: Sustainable Soils: Reducing, Mitigating, and Adapting to Climate Change with Organic Agriculture
  • Terrence P. Stewart & Stephen J. Norton, Law Office of Stewart and Stewart: The Global Food Crisis: Urgent Need and Emerging Solutions
  • Simon Nicholson, American University: Commentary: Genetically Modified Organisms and Global Hunger: A Real Solution?


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