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25 Envtl. Pol'y & L. 1 (1995)

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                    1995 - THE 25TH VOLUME

   While planning the first issue for 1995, our publisher reminded us ofsomething we had not noticed
 - that this would be the start of the 25th volume and 20th year ofEnvironmental Policy and Law.

   On the one hand, this anniversary is nothing special - we are stillyoung. On the other, it represents
 more than one would imagine atfirst glance . Ifall the volumes are seen together, then it is surprising
 how much  we considered important to publish in our particular field. Which leads back to the
 beginnings ofthe Journal: To our perspective then and what, in fact, we have been able to achieve.

   Our original andpresent intention was not to publish yet another academic lawjournal. Our main
purpose from the start was to pinpoint new developments, to participate in the ongoing discussion
of current problems, and to publish material in the Selected Documents section not easily
accessible. Our model was  more that of the political magazines with their short, up-to-date
reports, in spite ofthe fact that our field ofactivity is not quite comparable to theirs. In addition, we
also had to take into account that we are depending on a voluntary network. The result is a very
important one. As we do notpay 'fatfees  (or indeed, anything at all !), we dependsolely on the good
will offiends and colleagues active in the field of environmental policy and law, both on their
judgement and the emphasis they put on certain topics.

   When  we see or hear outside reactions to the Journal, we are pleased to note that it is receiving
some positive comments. We get not only requests for information, but are cited surprisingly often
also in serious academic publications. The pages ofour SelectedDocuments  are - sometimes even
with permission - copied many times. Indeed, we have seen them used as reference material in
conferences and negotiations.

   Together with our publications on Multilateral Treaties-' and International Environmental
Soft Law - and, in future, the continuation ofthe environmental policy documents collection started
by Riuster and Simma - we are covering what is needed by decision, policy or study makers.

   However, at the same time we are very aware ofthe gratitude we owe to the whole network - the
authors, the advisers, the publisher, colleagues, and last, but certainly not least, the subscribers.

   Our wish for ourselves is that we shall in the future continue to receive the necessary help and
criticism from all concerned, to enable us to accomplish what we are aiming for. Our wish for our
readers is for a happy and successfid 1995.

                                                                        8 December  1994

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