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Special Issue on: Gender Justice and Energy Transition in the Global South

Edited by: Dr. Pedi Obani, Associate Professor, School of Law University of Bradford, UK

Dr. Adenike Akinsemolu, Vanguard Fellow, University of Birmingham, UK



The Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy invites scholarly articles for publication in a special issue on the subject “Gender Justice and Energy Transition in the Global South”. The Journal is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal that fosters the dissemination of scholarly research work by teaching and research scholars in Africa and across the world in the area of sustainable development law and policy. This special issue will be published in Spring 2024. 


Gender justice is a dynamic concept that has evolved significantly over the past few decades. The idea of gender equality lies at the heart of achieving inclusive and sustainable development. The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 is dedicated to achieving gender equality. There is limited data on the level of progress with the goal. But all the available evidence suggests that the world is off track and unlikely to achieve gender parity by the next century. One area where lack of gender equality is evident is in the access to and allocation of energy resources. Lack of access to energy adversely affects women’s livelihoods and wellbeing, particularly in the global South. There is also the risk of perpetuating the existing patterns of gender inequality if the energy transition process does not mainstream feminist perspectives and gender justice as a priority. 


The intersections between gender justice and energy transition are multidimensional and complex. It is widely accepted that gender and related roles significantly affects the impacts of climate change on people. Similarly, gender affects access to energy and other resources. However, most energy transition policies adopt a primarily technocratic approach which does not account for the significant nuances resulting from gender and other social constructs. This creates a misfit between the energy transition policies and the real challenges women and girls face in addressing the energy trilemma (reliability, affordability, and sustainability).  


This Special issue unpacks the gender dimensions of the energy transition, with focus on the Global South. Although authors are free to choose any topic that is related to this broad theme, the journal is particularly interested in recent developments in the Global South (Africa, Asia, and Latin America) or best practices from other parts of the world that could inform legal and policy reform in the Global South. For guidance purposes, submissions addressing the following issues are particularly encouraged: 


  • Gender and the energy trilemma

  • Financing of just energy transition for women and girls

  • Business accountability for gender justice and energy transition

  • The role of legal institutions, including courts, in advancing gender justice and energy transition

  • Women’s rights, SDGs and the energy trilemma

  • Regional multilateralism and just energy transition for women and girls

  • Empirical studies on just energy transition for women and girls 

  • Feminist theoretical underpinnings of just energy transition 

  • Decolonisation, gender justice and energy transition 


Country case studies on any of the above issues are highly encouraged. Comparative studies engaging two or more regions or countries are also of particular interest to this journal.



 Length and Footnotes

1) Articles should be between 5000-8000 words and should advance legal scholarship and knowledge in a specific area of sustainable development law and policy.

 2) Articles should include an abstract of approximately 250 words that is not an extract from the article itself.

 3) Details of the author should be supplied as the first footnote, attached by an asterisk to the author’s name.

 Form of Submission

4) Articles must be submitted in Word format and sent as an email attachment to, with copy (cc) to

 5) Contributions will only be considered for publication if they comply with the style guide. All citations should be as footnotes and accord with the Oxford Standard for Legal Citation (OSCOLA).

6) Authors should please make use of the following checklist prior to submission:

  • an abstract is included;

  • headings are consecutively numbered without automatic numbering;

  • headings are not underlined;

  • paragraphs are not separated by a full blank line, but only by an indent at the beginning of the new paragraph;

  • footnotes are consecutively numbered by way of automatic numbering;

  • footnotes are not separated by a full blank line;

  • footnotes appear at the end of each page of the manuscript and not at the end of the manuscript;

  • quotations have been checked for accuracy; and

  • references comply with the Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA).



7) Only articles submitted on or before 12 noon on 30 November 2023 would be considered for publication in this special issue. All papers should be submitted by email. Deadlines are firm. Articles submitted after the deadline may not be published.


Authors should send their submission to the editors of the special issue by email with copy (cc) to on or before the deadline. Selected papers that scale the peer-review process will be published  in Volume 15 Issue 1 of the Journal. Accepted submissions which cannot be accommodated in the special issue will be placed in the next issue following.  All authors will be duly notified of the outcome of their submissions.


8) Contributions are submitted to at least two referees, and the identities of the contributors and referees are kept confidential.

9) Further details about the Journal can be found at:!research-and-publications/c7o1

Questions and Enquiries

All questions or enquiries should be directed to the editors of the special issue:

Dr. Pedi Obani

Associate Professor

School of Law University of Bradford, UK

Email:, with copy (cc) to


Dr. Adenike Akinsemolu

Vanguard Fellow

University of Birmingham, UK



The Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy, Print ISSN 978-0-9920099-0-8


The Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal published by the Institute for Oil, Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria. It is published in June (Spring) and October (Fall) by the Afe Babalola University Press, Nigeria.


Since the first issue was published in 2012, the Journal has gained increased recognition for fostering the dissemination of scholarly research work by teaching and research scholars in Africa and across the world in the area of sustainable development law and policy. The thematic focus of the journal spans 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 banking, environment, natural resources, public private partnerships, alternative dispute resolutions, peace, and conflict studies are normally given top consideration.


The Editorial Board of the JSDLP is composed of international development scholars and experts from Italy, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Nigeria, Canada and the United States would provide leadership and lend their expertise to promoting the journal internationally.


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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:

  • Relevance: Is this paper relevant to the thematic focus of this journal?

  • Originality: Are the results/ideas novel and previously unpublished?

  • Significance: Does the paper canvass and discuss ideas that significantly advance ormove knowledge forward)

  • Soundness: Is this paper technically sound and complete?

  • Are the claims supported by theoretical/ experimental/empirical results?

  • Ethics: Is there any ethical issue?

  • Readability: Is the paper well organized and easy to understand?

  • Language: Is the paper written in correct English and style?

  • 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.


Paper submission fees

This journal charges no submission or processing fees.


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