is a peer-reviewed academic publication based in London and New Delhi and jointly managed by the University of London and the International Environmental Law Research Centre.

Since 2005, LEAD Journal (also known as the Law, Environment and Development Journal) publishes articles, case notes and documents of interest to professionals, practitioners, researchers, students and policy-makers in the field of international and regional environmental law and domestic environmental laws of developing countries. LEAD Journal emphasises a comparative approach to the study of environmental law and is the only journal in the field to carry a North-South focus. It is unique in providing perspectives from both developed and developing countries. Bearing in mind the principles of “sustainable development”, LEAD Journal also solicits writings which incorporate related concerns, such as human rights and trade, in the study of environmental management, thus adopting a contextual approach to the examination of environmental issues. LEAD Journal encourages scholarship which combine theoretical and practical approaches to the study of environmental law and practice.



Common but Differentiated Responsibility at What Cost? Investment Law as a Barrier to Climate Ambition and Achieving Zero Routine Gas Flaring in Africa

by Jenny Hall & Louis Koen

Striving for Good Environmental Information: Civic Sentinels of Oil Pollution in the South of the North

by Anna Berti Suman

Rights over Mineral Resources: Mapping Recent Judicial Trends

by Roopa Madhav

Review of the Legal Response to Environmental Impact of Covid-19 in Nigeria
by Eti Best Herbert and Oluwabunmi Temitope Akinleye

Land Law and Collective Private Ownership in French-Speaking Countries of Western Africa; A Study Based on the Example of Mali
by Alhousseini Diabate

Democracy In The Forests: The Governance That is to be.
by C.R Bijoy

Subjectivity in the Logic of Zambia’s Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) Process: The Bedrock of Controversial EIA Approvals.
by Makweti Sishekanu and Morgan Katati

A Case Study of the Carmichael Coal Mine from the Perspectives of Climate Change Litigation and Socio-Economic Factors.
by Sandra Cassotta, Vladimir Pacheco Cueva and Malayna Raftopoulos

Problems and Solutions of Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing: A Theoretical Perspective
by Gerd Winter

How Greece Undermined the Idea of Renewable Energy Communities: An Overview of the Relevant Legislation
by Marula Tsagkari



LEAD Journal is indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals, EBSCO, Heinonline, Manupatra, Genamics JournalSeek, International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS), Open J-Gate and Scopus.

LEAD Journal is managed by the Law, Environment and Development Centre (LEDC) from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and the International Environmental Law Research Centre (IELRC).



LEAD Journal will consider for publication manuscript submissions of original work. LEAD Journal specifically seeks to foster scholarship in following areas:

  • Comparative approaches to the study of international environmental law, with a special emphasis on North-South issues;
  • Regional environmental law regimes among developing countries;
  • Implementation of international environmental law at regional and national levels;
  • Influence of international environmental law on national and regional environmental law regimes, and cross-fertilisation;
  • Cross-sectoral analysis in the study of environmental law, especially study of the relationship between trade and the environment, property rights and the environment, intellectual property and the environment, human rights and the environment;
  • International & regional environment governance;