PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVITIES OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW RESEARCH CENTRES

TWO DAY LAW TEACHERS’ INTERNATIONAL CONCLAVE/SEMINAR on ‘Critical Reflections on the Methodology of Teaching ‘Law’ in India’ 2nd and 3rd December, 2016

The Seminar was conducted at the Law School on the 2nd and 3rd of December, 2016. The programme, aimed to provide a platform for law teachers, academicians and researchers alike to deliberate and chalk out avenues to revolutionise and create a better ‘legal’ education system, received much support which was evidenced by the fact that it was attended by over 70 law teachers and researchers. Spread over seven technical sessions, chaired by at least two senior professors each, and with presentations made by at least five panelists in each session, the seminar was able to highlight the nuances of law teaching and was able to  identify better avenues and creative methods to improve law teaching in general. In the valedictory session of the Programme, Volume VIII, November 2016 issue of March of Environmental Law was released by the Vice Chancellor.


5th November, 2016 : ONE DAY WORKSHOP ON ECO CLUB – ECO SAVIOUR : Environmental Law Education: Awareness and Sensitization

The Environmental Law Clinic,NLSIU Bengaluru, had organised a one day Workshop on Environmental Law Education: Awareness and Sensitization on 5th November,2016.
It attracted participation of over 120 persons, drawn from the legal academic fraternity, Research Scholars, students of schools and colleges pursuing the cause of resource conservation and environmental protection, beside students of law. The one day Workshop sought to engage various people to reflect upon the issue of environment protection by promotion awareness and sensitising people at the grass root level. The Workshop facilitated structuring/forming an Eco-Club or Nature Club in the respected institutions of the participants and also network among them. The ELC, NLSIU has agreed to actively support and mentor the Eco Clubs in their future activities. ELC has also sought suggestions from the participants on its ongoing mobile application development project, which aims at inclusive participation of citizens in reporting incidences of environmental harm. Many institutions, which do not have an Eco Club, have agreed to come up with one such club under the mentorship of NLSIU and take forward the cause of promoting environmental awareness and sensitization.


26th November, 2015 : HALF DAY BRAINSTORMING SESSION ON EVOLVING ROBUST LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE SAFEGUARDS FOR SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF WATER RESOURCES

This half day brainstorming session aimed to throw light on the evolving legal regime and the administrative safeguards that has to be adopted for sustainable management of lakes and other water bodies in Karnataka.   The session aimed to facilitate active members from the government, academics and NGO’s to deliberate on the existing problem and come up with suggestions. A group of over 50 members took part in the deliberations and open house discussions presided by experts.


25th and 26th October, 2016: CONSULTATIVE CONFERENCE ON BIODIVERSITY GOVERNANCE FOR STATE BIODIVERSITY BOARDS : Challenges & Prospects

The Environmental Law Centres, NLSIU Bengaluru, in association with National Bio-Diversity Authority (“NBA”), Chennai had organised a two day Consultative Conference on Biodiversity Governance for State Biodiversity Boards Challenges and Prospects on 25th and 26th October, 2016. It attracted participation of representative of State Biodiversity Boards of 19 Sates, various expert members of National Biodiversity Authority, Researchers and Academicians. In this two day Consultative Conference cum capacity building program the representatives of the State Boards reflected on the difficulties and problems concerning different aspects of governance, experienced by them and the representatives of NBA highlighted the problems of compliance experienced by the Researchers, Enterprises etc. To delve on aspects of interpretation of law and case-law a problem solving session was organised. Presentations were made by representatives of Four State Boards, showcasing their achievements and as models for emulation by the rest of the states. It was opined that the Conference was an insightful exercise which brought together experts to discuss a topic of contemporary importance.


14th to 16th July, 2016 : INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON “LIBERALIZATION AND GLOBALIZATION  : CHANGING LEGAL PARADIGM

India went through the process of Liberalisation, Privatisation, and Globalisation of its economic policies in 1991, and has undergone vast changes in its legal and economic landscape since the early 1990s. With this opening up of the economy completing 25 years in 2016, the occasion is ripe to examine its impact on India specifically, on the various laws enacted and amended subsequent to liberalisation. Keeping this in mind NLSIU conducted a Three Day International Conference on Liberalization and Globalization: Changing Legal Paradigm on 14-16 July, 2016. The conference was attended by more than 150 participants out of whom around 50 were from outside India. Apart from the plenary sessions wherein invited speakers spoke elaborately on their research work, specifically keeping in mind the objectives of the conference, the conference had around 100 paper presentations as well. As an outcome of the conference, it has been decided that a book be brought out containing the best research papers, presented during the conference, which would ink the future course that India need adopt. NLSIU Book Series – 2 on Energy Law and Policy in India was released on the occasion. Hon’ble Mr. Justice J Chalmeswar was the Chief Guest of the Valedictory session and he addressed the gathering on 16th July, 2016.


4th to 29th July, 2016 : NORDIC SUMMER SCHOOL ON LEGAL LANDSCAPE OF RIGHTS IN INDIA

The Commons Cell, NLSIU organised Four week Summer School International Course on “Legal Landscape of Rights in India” in collaboration with the Nordic Centre in India (NCI).  19 students from the Nordic Countries were part of a month long Summer School. The Course module covered various aspects of rights in India. The lectures were delivered by faculty from the Law School as well as renowned faculty from across India. Prof M K Ramesh and Dr. Sairam co-ordinated the whole exercise. The whole idea was to provide the students a better understanding of the landscape of rights in India, the challenges to actualisation and the remedial measures that were in place. Field trips were organized to DEWAT, BOSCO, ISKCON (Midday Meal Programme) and other places as a part of the programme.  Dr. Amita Prasad, Additional Secretary, MoEF (CC) was the Chief Guest for the Valedictory session on 29th July, 2016. She interacted with and addressed the students. She admired the display of publications of CEERA and expressed her desire to subscribe to the publications.


23rd April, 2016 : WORKSHOP ON RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT : “Challenges and Trends in the Implementation of RTI”

The Workshop on Right to Information Act “Challenges and Trends in the Implementation of RTI” was held at the Krishnappa Memorial Hall of NLSIU on 23rd April, 2016. The Workshop was org anized by the Legal services Clinic under the Mentorship of Prof. Sairam Bhat. The Programme began with Prof. Sairam Bhat delivering the welcome Address. The Invited Expert Speakers for the 1st Session were Prof. Madubhushi Sridhar who is presently the Central Information Commissioner and Prof. V. Vijayakumar, Professor of Law, NLSIU and Former Vice Chancellor, TN Dr. Ambedkar Law University which was on the Trends in the Implementation of RTI. The Session was a blend of the Foundation and the Practical Implication of the RTI Act. This session gave the Participant a Bird’s eye view of the Objective of the Act.
Second session had a variety of speakers on different Facets of Drafting an RTI Application. Dr. Prashant Desai covered the Aspects of what an RTI Application should contain which was followed by Prof. Sairam Bhat and Ms. Arpitha H.C exposing the Participants to RTI Applications by way of Case Studies .Mr. Y.G Muralidharan who is the Founder Trustee of the Consumer Rights Education and Awareness Trust enlightened with the Citizen’s Perspective.
There was a Question and Answer Round and the Participants did have a very enthralling session with Prof. Sridhar and Prof. Sairam taking over the Dias. The Concluding session has Professor R. Venkata Rao, VC, NLSIU Felicitating Prof Sridhar.


2nd March, 2016 : ONE DAY NATIONAL SEMINAR on “RELIGION, ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN RIGHTS”

One day national seminar on Religion, Environment and Human Rights was held on 2nd March, 2016 in collaboration with Arunodaya Institute of Legal Studies in Krishnnappa Memorial Hall, NLSIU.
A formal welcome was extended by Prof. M K Ramesh, followed by felicitation to dignitaries on stage which included Prof. (Dr.) Venkata Rao, Prof. (Dr.) P Ishwara Bhat, Prof. (Dr.) C. S. Patil, Prof. (Dr). M.K. Ramesh.
In the same occasion “Journal on Environmental Law Policy and Development” from CEERA and Module book on Corporate Law from DED was released by the dignitaries. This was followed by three technical sessions in which students, faculties, researchers and experts from different institutions presented papers on the above theme.  Valedictory session and Certificate distribution was scheduled at 3.45pm in which Sri. Y R Sadashiva Reddy, Prof. (Dr.) R Venkata Rao, Sri. K L Shivalingaiah, and Ms. Sridevi (AILS) were present. It was a successful event in which all the stakeholders were satisfied with the outcome and the incomparable collaboration.


8th to 12th February, 2016 : FIVE DAY CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP ON ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATIONS: INTERPRETATION AND ENFORCEMENT FOR CPCB OFFICERS

This programme was held between 8th and 12th February, 2016. This programme was conducted in collaboration with CEERA and C  entral Pollution Control Board. The program had 14 participants coming from various State Pollution Control Boards and experts and Scientists from Central Pollution Control Board. There were many experts from both Government and Non-Government sector. On the first day there was a formal inauguration which was presided by dignitaries like Hon’ble Mr. Justice N Santosh Hegde, Vice Chancellor Dr. R Venkata Rao and Registrar Dr. O V Nandimath  of NLSIU, along with Professors like Dr. M K Ramesh, Dr. Sairam Bhat.


7th & 8th January, 2016 : TWO DAY NATIONAL SEMINAR ON “LAW AND P RACTICE IN REAL ESTATE IN INDIA” UNDER MHUPA CHAIR ON URBAN POOR AND THE LAW

The MHUPA Chair on Urban Poor and the Law, NLSIU Bengaluru, in association with CREDAI Bengaluru had organised a two day National Seminar on Law and practice of Real Estate in India on 7th and 8th January 2016. It attracted participation of over 75 persons, drawn from the legal academic fraternity, Research Scholars, Administrators, the Real estate Sector and various target groups active in this field, beside students of law. The two day Seminar cum Brainstorming session sought to engage different stakeholders to reflect upon the issue, that continue to remain outstanding in the real estate sector against the backdrop of the New Real Estate Bill and to explore the scope for integrating learning about it as a part of academic curriculum in law School. It was emphasized that there is an imminent need to develop real estate law as a full course curriculum and be made a part of academic exercises. It was opined that the seminar was an insightful exercise which brought together experts from different sectors to discuss a topic of contemporary importance.


16th January, 2016 – ONE DAY BRAINSTORMING WORKSHOP TOWARDS EVOLVING LEGAL STRATEGIES FOR ADDRESSING THE  FARMERS’ DISTRESS OVER ‘PRICE’

The Agricultural Law Unit of Commons Cell headed by Prof. M K Ramesh, in association with the Karnataka Agricultural Pricing Commission conducted one day brainstorming session, which aimed to have a look at various factors responsible for the “agrarian crisis”, farmers not getting a “fair and just price” in the market leading to farmers suicide. This brainstorming tried to examine the gaps in the law, policy and practice. There were around 50 people who represented the government, farmers, NGOs, Organic farming community, academicians, research scholars and students. T.N Prakash Kammaradi, KAPC Chairman delivered a keynote address followed by an open house session to have a clear picture of the problems faced by farmers, Govt and the local people in agricultural pricing sector, which was moderated by Prof Babu Mathew and H. S Ashokanand (IAS). In the post lunch session an expert panel from
various backgrounds addressed the problems raised in the open house. At last, NLSIU was asked to prepare a draft policy which can be tabled in front of the State Government and other stake holders, and later adopt as a policy on agricultural pricing.


12th October, 2015 : ONE DAY NATIONAL SEMINAR TO MARK 10 YEARS OF THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT GOOD GOVERNANCE – THE RTI WAY

A one day national seminar was conducted at the NLSIU campus on 12th October, 2015, to mark ten years of the Right to Information Act, which came into force on this day in 2005. This seminar was jointly conducted by NLSIU, Bangalore and KSLU, Hubbali. The programme began with an inaugural session, which was graced by the Hon. Vice Chancellors of NLSIU and KSLU, Prof (Dr) R Venkata Rao and Prof (Dr) TR Subramanya, Prof VS Mallar (Founding Faculty member, NLSIU), Prof (Dr) V Viajayakumar (Professor of Law, NLSIU), and Prof (Dr) M K Ramesh (Professor of Law, NLSIU). The Chief Guest for this session was Mr. AKM Nayak, IAS and Former Chief Information Commissioner, KSIC, who provided the participants with a practical view of the Act. Padma Shri Prof (Dr) NR Madhava Menon was the Guest of Honour and delivered the special address. The 4th edition of the In Law Magazine was released by the dignitaries during this session. The inaugural session was followed by a group photograph and a common session in Krishnappa Memorial Hall. This session was chaired by Prof (Dr) V Viajayakumar (Professor of Law, NLSIU), and was included as speakers Mr. Ashokanand, IAS, and Dr. Sairam Bhat (Associate Professor of Law, NLSIU). Emerging issues and the challenges in implementation were discussed. After lunch, parallel presentation sessions were conducted in five halls, with each hall having a chairperson, a co-chairperson and a moderator. Participants were given the opportunity to present their papers and were also given suggestions on other aspects that could be included in their papers by the chairpersons, most of whom had conducted some research on the RTI Act. The presentations were followed by discussions among the participants in each hall, on the various issues that had been dealt with. The programme ended with the Valedictory ceremony, in which the participants were addressed by the Chief Guest, Hon. Nadoja Justice Dr. S R Nayak, and the Hon Vice Chancellors of NLSIU and KSLU. The resource persons were then presented with mementos. The concluding remarks and the vote of thanks were delivered by Dr. Sairam Bhat. The National Seminar was a huge success, and was widely attended by students and faculty members from various universities across India. There was also participation from members of PSUs and state organs.  The participants appreciated the effort that the faculty had put into, to pack such vital and important information into such a small window of time. Overall, all participants were of the opinion that this programme was worth the time, and the effort spent in coming to the NLSIU campus, and expressed interest in attending future such programmes conducted by NLSIU. Seminar Coordinator: Dr. Sairam Bhat, Associate Professor of Law, NLSIUAssistant Coordinators: Ms. Anita Yadav, Research Associate, NLSIU; Ms. Ashwini Arun, Research Assistant, NLSIU; and Ms. Baba R S


CONSULTATIONS, CAPACITY BUILDING ETC.

July 4, 2015:Consultation on exploring avenues for transforming un-productive  terrains into productive ones and   market access to secure fair price to the farmer for his produce held with GRAMA

An informal consultative meeting organized by the Agriculture and Law Unit of the Commons Cell in NLSIU,  engaged  experts  drawn from  Agriculture,  land administration, environment, forestry, ecology , environmental economics, environmental law, media and  Civil Society Organisations to deliberate and chalk out  strategies and programmes of action. Organisations like GRAMA, should bring together  members of the local  farming community,  deliberate over their requirements  and  the nature of the terrain as to  evolve a Strategic Plan of Action that would   transform  their  fallowed lands, into productive ones and transform their lives by  getting  access to markets and secure fair, just and equitable price for their produce.     In all these exercises of GRAMA, Sri.A.N.Yellappa Reddy, Mr.Ashokanand and Dr.M.K.Ramesh, assured assistance, by way of   facilitating contacts, consultations and in planning at various stages of execution
(i) In 2015 Consultation, Capacity-BuildIng and Advice on various provisions of Biodiversity Law to  a number of State Boards:  (- Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Odisha, Uttarkhand and Madhya Pradesh, in dealing with the legal  issues raised by
(a) Industry;
(b) Research and  Academic Community and
(c) Judiciary

(ii) Advicing the Government of India . on  Climate Negotiations: legal framework for a protocol/agreement or agreed outcome with legal force under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.


11th July, 2015 : TRAIN THE TRAINERS WORKSHOP

Environment impact assessment process was conducted by CEERA in association with citizens consumer and civil action group and CREAT, Bengaluru.


9th & 10th July, 2015 : TWO DAY NATIONAL SEMINAR ON ENERGY LAW AND POLICY IN INDIA, NLSIU AND CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, BANGALORE, SUPPORTED BY MINISTRY OF NEW AND RENEWABLE ENERGY (MNRE), GOVT OF INDIA,

The Two Day Seminar aimed at highlighting various issues related to Energy Law Management, Investment and Implementation for Law teachers, law practitioners, researchers, students, Government Officials, Entrepreneurs and other interested parties. The workshop was conducted by CEERA under the guidance of Dr. Sairam Bhat, in association with Centre for Sustainable Development of which Dr. Srinivas Ravindra is the Executive Director. The same is sponsored by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India.


15th July to 11th August, 2015 : NORDIC SUMMER SCHOOL ON LEGAL LANDSCAPE OF RIGHTS IN INDIA

The Commons Cell, NLSIU organised Four week Summer School International Course on “Legal Landscape of Rights in India” in collaboration with the Nordic Centre in India (NCI).  12 students from the Nordic Countries were part of a month long Summer School. The Course module covered various aspects of rights in India. The lectures were delivered by faculty from the Law School as well as renowned faculty from across India. Prof M K Ramesh and Dr. Sairam co-ordinated the whole exercise. The whole idea was to provide the students a better understanding of the landscape of rights in India, the challenges to actualisation and the remedial measures that were in place.


2nd & 3rd July, 2015 : TWO DAY TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR IFOS OFFICERS, AT INDIRA GANDHI NATIONAL FOREST ACADEMY, DEHRADUN

A Two Day Training programme on Environmental Governance and related aspects was organised by CEERA and Commons Cell, NLSIU for 80 IFoS Trainees who were at the fag end of their training programme. The programme concentrated more on practical aspects of environment lawyering and the participants were divided into 8 groups of ten members each and had to role play an allotted case study. To provide them a picture of the related law, lectures were delivered beforehand on topics related to the subject. After the case presentations made, clarifications and a brief review of the same was done. Dr. Sairam Bhat and Mr. Manjeri Subin Sunder Raj dealt with the sessions.