2 Envtl. Pol'y & L. 1 (1976)

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    We open  our  first anniversary
 number  with  the familiar Wheel of
 Law  cover.  While the logo-cover
 design, handsome   as  it is, has
 served well in establishing EPL's
 identity, we  do wish  to guard
 against uniformity.    With  this
 thought in mind, we have discussed
 with our publishers a freshly con-
 ceived cover design, effective with
 the second anniversary  number,
 whereby  we  retain our colors but
 replace the  large wheel with  a
 cover illustration keyed to events
 of current impact.  Further in this
 regard, our release dates for this
 year shall be staggered, as news-
 worthy   events  dictate.   Our
 readership may  expect  five num-
 bers this calendar year.

   Shortly  forthcoming   will be
comprehensive coverage of the
important   deliberations to take
place  at UNEP's   Fourth  Gover-
ning  Council meetings,  especially
worthy   of attention, we  think,
due  to the financial strains UNEP
has  recently experienced.   With
certain countries not  current on
their pledges, rumors abound   that
the agency  will be strapped  for
funds.   Also,  we  may   expect
reasonable  hints on the identity of
the  most  likely choice for this
fall's General Assembly  appoint-
ment  of  UNEP's  next  Executive
Governor.

   Coming   up also will be wrap-
around   coverage  of the Fourth
International  Parliamentary  Con-
ference on the Environment   (IPCE)
at kingston, Jamaica.

   EPL's  next  release date will
follow  these developments   as im-
mediately  as practicable.
Environmental Policy and Law, 2 (1976)


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


UNEP On Course
(Excerpt from letter to the Editor-in-
Chief, re: Changes at UNEP, EPL 1:3 at
126)
I don't think that uncertainty ... (as to
the  future structure of the United
Nations as a whole) is an issue. The
Programme   is well established and
the people who work at UNEP perform
their duties as a team, and therefore
seem  more concerned with programme
development  and implementation rather
than changes.
                   M. K. Tolba
                   Executive Director
                   UNEP
                   P.O. Box 30552
                   Nairobi, Kenya

 Polyglot Flannel
 Excerpt, Built Environment Quarterly,
 December 1975
 (Review of EPL by John Parris)
 This new quarterly is ... published by
 Swiss publishers, edited in Germany,
 printed in Holland, and written in
 French and what purports to be English.
 The only contribution which has an
 English flavour is a letter from one JF
 who writes: I hope that emphasis will
 be put on the provision of factual in-
 formation and analysis and that there
 will not be too many 'think-pieces' with
 which contemporary journals are over-
 loaded. Mr. JF's hope has not been
 realised.
   We regret Mr. Parris'findings. We
assure our readers that we continue to
keep scholarly material to a minimum.
With respect to foreign sounding English,
it must be noted that legal and political
systems are sometimes so distinct from
the Anglo-Saxon model that it becomes
problematic to sort out perfectly trans-
latable legal and political terms mean-
ingful in the English language. On the
other hand, whatever the loss in trans-
lation, we are sure Mr. Parris would
not wish to unduly constrain non-
English authors from expressing their
views, as well as they are able. Oxford
English or not.
   As for English flavour, we have
ordered bottles of Worcestershire sauce
for our American staff members. [Ed. ]


Human Rights and Environment
[Re:  M. Mattes, The Right to a
Humane   Environment: A  Seminar,
EPL  1:2, at 86]
Dear Sir,
   Your summary  report indicated that
the majority of participants showed
relatively little interest for the recog-
nition of the emerging human right to a
decent environment at the international
level. Your piece reflects that There
was widespread opposition to the estab-
lishment of an individual right to a
humane  environment... One of the
principal reasons was that ... such a
right would be too general and indefi-
nite, making effective enforcement very
difficult...
   Such arguments constitute a smoke-
screen.  In reality, they are often
designed to maintain absolute state
sovereignty or to camouflage resistance
to the establishment of an individual
right to a good environment and as such
are far from convincing. This is particu-
larly true in view of the success achieved
in the implementation of human rights
by the Council of Europe. The Europe-
an Convention on Human  Rights guaran-
tees the protection of selected basic
rights, e.g. right to life, freedom from
torture, inhuman, or degrading treat-
ment, freedom from slavery, servitude,
or unlawful detention. Other illustra-
tions can be cited of treaties guaran-
teeing political, civil, social, economic,
cultural, and labour rights. Examples
would  be the United Nations Human
Rights Covenants, the European Social
Charter, International Labour Organi-
zation conventions, and United Nations
conventions. All of these multilateral
treaties are capable of implementation,
notwithstanding the fact that the rights
codified must necessarily be drafted in
specialized treaty language. But these
rights and guarantees are subsequently
given specificity by the appropriate
administrative, political, and judicial
tribunals, at such time as alleged viola-
tions are examined.
   It has never been contended that the
implementation of human  rights (in-
cluding economic guarantees) is any-
thing but difficult. Problems abound,
                   [continued on p. 47]
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