Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy (The): Editorial Policies

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Focus and Scope

The Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy (JSDLP) is Nigeria’s first interdisciplinary sustainable development journal, published by the OGEES Institute, Afe Babalola University, Nigeria. The journal fosters the dissemination of research results and scholarly papers by teaching and research scholars in Africa and across the world in the area of sustainable development law and policy. The OGEES Institute publishes two issues per year.
The thematic focus of the journal span across broad areas of sustainable development law and policy ranging from the economic, social and environmental dimensions. As such papers that explore broad themes of sustainable development such as environment, natural resources, green economy, international trade, banking, taxation, public policy, public private partnerships, alternative dispute resolutions, peace, and conflict studies are normally given top consideration. The Editorial Board of the Journal comprises international development scholars and experts from Italy, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Nigeria, Canada and the United States that provide leadership and lend their expertise to promote and enhance the scholarly relevance of the journal.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

All manuscripts are peer reviewed prior to publication. The JSDLP utilizes a double-blind peer review process, to ensure originality, scholarly relevance, and readability- which means that both the reviewer and author’s identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. To facilitate this, authors are required to submit manuscripts that would not give away their identity.

After respective submission deadlines, members of the Editorial Committee read all submissions and agree which should go forward to the review process. Referees are then assigned by the Committee from a pool of referees according to their expertise. Reviewers are sent a manuscript review template (attached), which provides guidance on key review indicators and on how to communicate review results.

The factors that are taken into account in review are as follows:

a) Relevance: Is this paper relevant to the thematic focus of this journal?
b) Originality: Are the results/ideas novel and previously unpublished?
c) Significance: Does the paper canvass and discuss ideas that significantly advance or
move knowledge forward
d) Soundness: Is this paper technically sound and complete?
e) Are the claims supported by theoretical/ experimental/empirical results?
f) Ethics: Is there any ethical issue?
g) Readability: Is the paper well organized and easy to understand?
h) Language: Is the paper written in correct English and style?
i) Citations: Are all sources properly cited in accordance with the Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities, which is the house style for the journal?

Referees may accept the manuscript, reject the manuscript or might require a revision for style and/or content. Each Reviewer will give a recommendation about publication of a manuscript according to the following list of options:

• Accept- No revision needed.
• Accept- Minor revisions needed.
• Major revisions needed- Suggest revision & resubmission.
• Decline (provide appropriate reasons in comments).

After the reviewer’s report is received, the paper is assigned to an Associate Editor for the review/redrafting/editing process, which can be substantial, depending on the article. Upon receipt of the revised article from the author, and after final approval by referees and associated editor, the Editor-in-Chief reviews the paper and makes a final determination on whether or not to include the paper for publication in the JSDLP based on the recommendations of the reviewers and associated editor. The Editor-in-Chief then issues a written confirmation of acceptance or rejection to the author. Once an article is accepted, the Managing Editor will carry out a thorough desk edit and liaise with Afe Babalola University Press/the author/Associate Editor over author queries, publisher proofs and corrections.

The JSDLP strives to ensure that the time between submission and final decision are as reasonable as possible, without compromising quality.


Publication Frequency

This journal publishes one issue per volume, and two volumes per year.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Editorial Board

Prof. Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, LL.B (McGill), MEM (Yale), PhD (Oxford) Senior Director, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) Montreal Canada

Prof. Alastair R. Lucas, LL.B., (Alberta.), LL.M., (British. Columbia.) Professor of Energy Law and former Dean Faculty of Law, University of Calgary, Canada

Prof. Randall S. Abate, B.A., (Rochester), J.D. and M.S.E.L. (Vermont), Professor of Law and Director, Center for International Law and Justice, Florida A&M University, United States.

Prof. Lawrence Atsegbua, SAN,  LL.M (Alberta), LL.M (London), Professor of Petroleum and Environmental law at the University of Benin, Nigeria. 

Prof. Uché Ewelukwa, LL.M (London), LL.M (Harvard), SJD (Harvard), Professor of Intellectual Property Law/Food and Agricultural Law, University of Arkansas School of Law, United States of America.

Prof. Adeola Adenikinju, B.Sc (Econ), M.Sc (Econ), Ph.D (Ibadan) Professor of Energy Economics and Director, Centre for Petroleum Energy Environment and Law, University of Ibadan

Prof. Frederic Megret, LL.B (London), LL.M (France), Ph.D (Geneva) Associate Professor of Law, Faculty of Law McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, LL.M (LSE), Nabo Graham Douglas Distinguished Professor, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Lagos. 

Prof. Ezendu Ariwa, FBCS, CITP, SMIEEE, FHEA, Ph.D Associate Professor and Course Leader for Business Information Technology Management London Metropolitan University, UK

Prof. Sumudu Atapattu, LL.M (Cambridge), Ph.D.(Cambridge) Associate Director of the Global Legal Studies Center and Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School

Prof. ‘Lanre Fagbohun, LL.M (Lagos), Ph.D (Ife) Chike Idigbe Distinguished Professor of Law, and Director of Studies, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Dr. Ebenezer I. Adodo, LLM (Singapore), PhD (Singapore) Faculty of Law, University of Surrey, UK

Prof. Melda K. Ariadno, LL.M (Washington), Ph.D (Washington), Head of Department, International Law Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia

Bukola Faturoti, LL.M (London School of Economics), LL.M (Robert Gordon) Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the MBA Oil and Gas Management Programme Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland

Margarette May Macaulay, LL.B (Holborn College, London) Former Judge of the Inter American Court of Human Rights

Prof. Kolawole O. Odeku, School of Law, University of Limpopo, South Africa

Dr. Damilola S. Olawuyi, LL.M (Calgary), LL.M (Harvard), PhD (Oxford) Editor-in-Chief


Editorial Committee

Dr. Damilola S. Olawuyi LL.M (Calgary), LL.M (Harvard), PhD (Oxford) Editor-in-Chief

Omolola Olarinde B.Sc (Romania), M.Sc (Ibadan) Managing Editor, (Design, Logistics and Production)

Professor 'Bayo Oluduro MPhil (Ife), Ph.D (Ghent), Associate Editor, Human Rights, Peace and Conflict Studies

Dr. Rhuks Ako MPhil. (Ife), Ph.D (Kent) Associate Editor, Natural Resources, Energy and Environment

Dr. Chilenye Nwapi LL.M (Calgary), Ph.D (British Columbia) Associate Editor, Oil and Gas Law and Policy

Dr. Walters Nsoh LL.M (Kent), Ph.D (Surrey) Associate Editor, Food and Agricultural Law

Dr. Abosede Babatunde M.Sc (Ibadan), Ph.D (Ibadan) Associate Editor, Politics, Democracy and Good Governance

Ayobami Olaniyan LL.M (Aberdeen) Assistant Editor, Natural Resources, Energy and Environmen 

Ifeoluwayimika Bamidele LL.M (Liverpool) Assistant Editor, Health, Agriculture and Renewable Energ 

Damilola Odetola, BCL (Oxon), Statutes and Case Note Editor

Moronkeji Kolawole Editorial Secretary

Tosin B. Adewunmi Editorial Assistant

ISSN: 2467-8392
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