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National Seminar on Biological Diversity Act, 2002 & ABS Regulations, 2014

National Law Institute University Bhopal is going to organize the National Seminar on Biological Diversity Act, 2002 & ABS Regulations, 2014.

Date: 6th February, 2016
Venue: National Law Institute University Bhopal, Kerwa Dam Road, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

About The Seminar:
The Seminar on Biodiversity Conservation and Management Law is a joint initiative of Cell for Awareness and Research in Environmental Law Studies (CARES}, National Law Institute University, Bhopal and M. R. State Biodiversity Board. The focus of the seminar is the much litigated Biodiversity Act and Rules especially in light of the 2014 guidelines. The Seminar seeks to generate awareness in the expanding field of biodiversity conservation and management law amongst the legal fraternity. The unsettled interpretation on several legislative aspects demands a legal inquiry that would pave way for a uniform understanding and application of these provisions. The deliberations at the Seminar will prove fruitful for all participants and delegates with eminent jurists and experts in the field of environmental law, specifically biodiversity conservation, addressing the audience.

Topics for Paper and Poster Presentations:
We encourage scholars, professionals and students of both LLB (3 yrs / 5 yrs) and LLM courses to present a unique perspective and legal interpretation with respect to the following themes under the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 and Biological Diversity Rules, 2004.

  • Definitions of 'Biological Diversity', 'Biological resources', 'Commercial utilization', and Value-added products' as under Sections 2{b), [c),(f)and (p)
  • Prior intimation to the State Biodiversity Board (Section 7) and the functions and powers of the Board (Section 23 and 24)
  • Sections 2, 3, 4 of the Guidelines on Access to Biological Resources and Associated Knowledge and Benefits Sharing Regulations, 2014.

Instructions to Authors:

  • Participation from scholars, professionals and students of both LL.B (3 yrs / 5 yrs) and LL.M courses are invited for the Seminar.
  • Abstracts must be a maximum of 300 - 400 words.
  • Article submissions are open only to the top ten short-listed abstracts. The authors of the respective abstracts shall be notified of the same;
  • The following format must be strictly adhered to:

    • MAIN TEXT; Font - Times New Roman; Font size - 12; Spacing - 1.5; Alignment - Justified; Margin - One inch on all sides.
    • FOOTNOTES: Font - Times New Roman; Font size - 10; Spacing - Every Footnote shall be single spaced.

  • The submissions should not contain borders, cover pages or title pages
  • References should be footnoted in any uniform format.
  • Co-authorship with a maximum of two authors is permission
  • All submissions (abstracts / articles) are to be made in Microsoft Word Document Format electronically to
  • Author details including qualifications and institutional affiliations, details for correspondence (postal address, phone numbers and email address) etc should be provided only in the body of the Email during abstract submission, and not in the submission itself.
  • The top three papers in each of the three categories of submissions shall be selected for the Paper Presentation at the seminar and be awarded prizes. The selection criteria will include: originality of the legal interpretation provided, its relevance and scope of implementation, along with the quality of presentation of the content. The selection remains the discretion of the Editorial Board exclusively.
  • The top ten short-listed abstracts in each category (excluding articles selected for paper presentation) shall qualify for Poster Presentation at the seminar.
  • The maximum size of the poster permissible is 3 ft x 3 ft,
  • The Best Poster in each category shall be awarded a prize and all others shall receive certificates of participation at the seminar.

Registration Fee:

  • Rs. 250/-

There shall be spot registration for all participants and delegates. The nine papers selected for presentation (three in each of the three categories) shall have the registration fee waived.

No Travel Allowance (T/A) shall be given to any participant or delegate. Only the nine selected paper presenters shall be allotted accommodation at the University Guest House. All other participants and delegates are advised to make their own arrangements for accommodation. Tea / Lunch shall be included in the Registration Fee.

Important Dates:

Submission of Abstracts

1st December, 2015

Short-listing of Abstracts

15th December, 2015

Submission of Articles

8th January, 2016

Announcement of results

27th January, 2016

Paper presentations / Poster Presentations

6th February, 2016

Ms. Priyam Rawat
Phone: +91-9907695322

Ms. Saumya Chaudhari
Phone: +91-8871391005

National Law Institute University
Kerwa Dam Road, Bhopal,
Madhya Pradesh - 462 044
Phone: 0755 - 2696965/971

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