Sustainable Development Law and Policy Brief: Call for Submissions Spring 2024 Volume 25

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The Sustainable Development Law & Policy Brief is accepting submissions for its Spring 2024 Edition on topics related to Sustainable Development and Environmental Law.

The Sustainable Development Law and Policy Brief (SDLP) is a student-run publication established in 1997 in collaboration with the Center on International Environmental Law. The publication has hundreds of subscribers worldwide. With the support of the faculty and dedicated students at American University Washington College of Law, SDLP publishes two issues per year, both online and in print. Each publication highlights articles and notes by practitioners as well as students. Through the novel legal arguments and distinguished authors, SDLP has become a well-known and respected publication throughout the environmental and sustainable law field.

If you would like to submit an article for consideration, please contact us at We will accept submissions on a rolling basis. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM on January 26th, 2024.

We will consider any article that contains strong legal arguments relating to sustainable development, infrastructure, environmental law, energy law, climate justice, or other sustainability-related content. However, we are particularly interested in articles that fit into the following topic areas:

·        The role of state and local laws and policies in addressing environmental issues and building sustainability

·        Climate change around the world: intersections of climate change with U.S., international, and foreign law

SDLP is available online at LexisNexis, Westlaw, SSRN, Hein Online, and on our website at

We reserve the right to reconsider submissions at any time. We also reserve the right to hold all submissions on file for later publication and reserve the right to provide comments and revisions as the editors see fit.

SDLP accepts submission of timely articles that have already been published elsewhere, so long as permission of the previous publisher is received.


➢ Articles or abstracts should be submitted on Scholastica or to

➢ Articles should be between 6,000 and 10,000 words excluding footnotes.

➢ Articles should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word or a Word-compatible software program using 12-point Times New Roman font.

➢ Articles should attempt to follow the format presented in previous issues of SDLP and cite in accordance with the 21st edition of the Bluebook.

➢ Articles should include a 3-4 sentence biography of the author and an indication of whether to include the author’s email address with the published articles.

➢ Article submissions should include an up-to-date resume of the author and contact information.


Sustainable Development Law and Policy (SDLP) is currently accepting feature submissions for its Spring 2024 issue of Volume 25. We are seeking features that fit within the broad themes of "the role of state and local laws and policies in addressing environmental issues and building sustainability" or “Climate change around the world: intersections of climate change with U.S., international, and foreign law.”

If you would like to submit a feature for consideration, please send an outline/draft to The deadline to submit a draft is 11:59 PM on January 26th, 2024.

Please feel free to email us with questions regarding topics and submission deadlines. 

SDLP aims to represent a wide range of viewpoints including those from academia, the private sector, public sector, multilateral organizations and others. Please view our recent issues at


(a) Length:

Your Final Submission must be at least 1100 words in length and must not exceed 2200 words.

(b) Paper Size,

Spacing, Margins, and Font:

Your paper must be typed on standard (8.5” x 11”) paper, double-spaced and 1-inch margins on all sides. All text and footnotes must be in 12-point Times New Roman font.

(c) Program:

Papers must be written using Microsoft Word 7.0 or greater. If authors use other programs, they will be responsible for converting their paper to Word if selected for publication.

(d) Footnotes:

Use footnotes (not endnotes) in your paper formatted in accord with the 21st edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.

(e) Title Page:

Include your paper’s title and your name. Note that the title page does not count towards your page requirement.

(f) Pagination:

All pages of your paper should be numbered (except the title page). Use section breaks to restart page numbering when necessary.

(g) Submitting:

Please submit on Scholastica or e-mail by the submission deadline.