TWO MAJOR OFFERINGS OF CEERA & COMMONS CELL
AS PART OF THE SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS OF THE LAW SCHOOL
A.ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CLINIC
TO EDUCATE, EQUIP AND HELP BUILD THE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CAPACITY IN ALL THE CONCERNED TO STRIVE FOR AND SECURE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE.
MISSION & ACTION
To equip the student of law with an understanding of Environmental Law in Action
- Exposure to the processes of making Environmental Law;
- Engaging in exercises of drafting laws; plaints and petitions;
- Carrying out mock/moot court exercises;
- Solving problems- hypothetical and real life situations;
To equip legal professionals in the science, art and craft of environmental legal practice and advocacy
- Organize Training Programs involving, Problem-solving exercises and moot activities in which hypothetical and real life situations get addressed and solutions are attempted
To equip all the concerned with Environmental Legal Capacity
- Organisation and Participation in training programs , for strengthening the legal capacity of the “managers” of environment (- administrators, activists, adjudicators and the academics)
To build the capacity of “managers” of environment in India and in the entire SAARC Region for
- Advice and Assistance to the govt. in international environmental negotiations and in policy-making processes;
- Assistance to the Govt. in drafting and reviewing legislative instruments and manuals of implementation;
- Training the implementers in different aspects of the Environmental legal knowledge and its application;
- Training the justice dispensers and the legal professionals in environmental lawyering in their pursuit and realization of environmental justice;
- Acquainting the law and policy makers over the developments across the globe on legal issues concerning Environment and in preparing them for international negotiations
- Organizing and conducting workshops and seminars, to facilitate ventilation of ideas and for evolving tools, strategies and mechanisms for better environmental governance
B.NLSENLAW- THE WEB PORTAL [WWW.NLSENLAW.ORG]
This is the re-launch and fusion of the two previous initiatives of CEERA and executed under the aegis of the two outfits: CEERA & The Commons Cell, in the Law School .The two earlier avatars of this new experiment were in the form of an in-house website of CEERA (-ceera.org) and an ENVIS programme of the MoEF (-enlaw.com).Enquiries from various quarters in keeping them posted with the activities concerning Environment and Natural Resources Management Law -related activities of the Law School ; expression of a desire that the Law School should create a platform for networking among Environmental Law Academics and Professionals and the realisation by us that the existing websites were inadequate in meeting the demand , resulted in planning, developing and redesigning the enlaw Portal. More particularly, the overwhelming need for updation, deeper engagement with environmental issues to address and redress the problems affecting and afflicting the environment through legal mechanisms, besides the imperative need to professionalise the entire activity led us to this re-launch.
There is another reason: Some time back, a “technical glitch” (- which, even to this day, our in-house Computer whizkids could neither decipher nor explain!), led to a total blankout of the enlaw website. The timely intervention, words of encouragement and the complete freedom given to explore all possible avenues to bring the website back to life topping it with a generous resource support, from our esteemed Vice Chancellor, Prof.(Dr.) R.Venkata Rao, enabled us in the Commons Cell, to get into the act of re-discovery, recovery and restoration . Mr. Vellaboyana Reddy and his team became our saviour and along with our former Colleague, Pushpa Shinde, my young associate, Chiradeep Basak and a large number of Student Researchers, battled relentlessly to bring the Portal back to life. This Portal is the result of such an effort. It is just taking off and we earnestly look forward to receive feedback, by way of a constructive critique and contributions to embellish our effort, from all our fellow travellers in this exciting journey.
Ours is just a “leap of faith”, that this, in course of time, would become a “one stop shop” of information and solution for all the environmental law-related issues. Fully conscious of the fact that we are still light years away from reaching that go, we have made a beginning in that direction. It is our fervent wish, hope and prayer that this would provide the forum and facility to bring all the environmentally concerned together, for a dialogue and environmentally benign developmental decisions.
For the enlaw group