ReportReport of the Five- Day Training Programme on Environmental Legislations, Interpretation, Enforcement, Legal and Statutory Requirements – Case Studies; February 3rd – 7th, 2020.

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Environmental Law, as a subject has been a thing of the recent past. In a country like ours, there is tremendous potential, as the same has evolved due to judicial approach and actions taken by the administration of the country, over a period of time. Till date, the greatest number of litigations and issues which arise within the administrative setup, relate to Environmental Law and its governance and the jurisprudence of this law has evolved from legal conflict. Therefore, it is of the opinion that the branch of public officials who are responsible for law enforcement, must be made aware of, at regular intervals, about the pressing practical issues with the law. The entire training programme was designed for Five (5) days specifically for delivering lecture and discussions on case studies. During the initial sessions, the focus was on understanding the Constitution, interpretation and the jurisprudential background to the topics. Emphasis would be on environmental legislations including Environment Protection Act, 1986; Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981. Discussions on several contemporary issues and developments in the area of environmental law and management, both at the national and international level were taken up. Recent judicial orders and decisions were taken up as a part of discussion. Resource persons from law academia, practitioners, activists, industry experts were chosen to deliver sessions, to make the effort inter-disciplinary. The technical sessions were of 90 minutes duration. The mode of discourse was mix of lecture and discussion method. Participants had ample scope to learn from each other’s experience post training sessions. Participants were assigned a set of practical problems. These were guided sessions, woven within the programme. The participants were informed well in advance to prepare a small documentation of environmental challenges of their locale and also some solutions if found by members of their locality. They were asked to share the challenges along with probable solutions etc., with other participants. The sessions brought out to the fore multiple environmental challenges and the possible solutions. The participants were able to understand gamut of environmental challenges and also learn from comparison with others experiences. The programme tried to put the entire discussions and presentations in a frame work. All the participants were housed under one roof in National Law School of India University’s International Training Centre. The participants were given ample space to interact during their stay for five days, after formal sessions of the training programme.

 

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