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National Conference on Environmental Law

GNLU Centre for Environment & Sustainable Development is going to organize the National Conference on Environmental Law

Date: 17th - 18th March, 2018

Concept Note:
Today, i's trite that human beings and nature share a co-existent relationship that any damage to one would jeopardize the life of other. However, what seems to be a fact now might not have been accepted so by plenty, two or three decades ago. 25 years since the adoption of Agenda 21, a comprehensive action plan devised by global leaders to achieve the goals of sustainable development, the world has witnessed a discerniable change in not only the physical state of environmental conditions but also a shift in the corresponding approach towards addressing these problems.

While various governments and international organizations continue to make endeavors towards engineering policies and frameworks to meet the burgeoning social, economic and environmental needs, we still seem to be at the epicenter of inexplicable climate change threats and large scale endangerment of species. The evident increase in the frequency of catastrophic floods, debilitating heat waves and record-breaking hurricanes in rapid succession in the Caribbean and Atlantic are testament to the reality that is climate change. The aftermath of these events is not only felt on the environment but also on factors closer to human concern such as food security and economic growth. Instances of erratic climate behavior would affect the food and water security of millions of people. Besides climate change and its adversities, we must also acknowledge the deteriorating condition of wildlife in India and across the globe. Living Planet India recently reported that the number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020.

Moreover various studies have shown that an increase in temperature have an adverse impact on industrial output as well as aggregate investments. Catastrophic climatic events will cause damage to property and infrastructure and a loss in productivity. An increase in the frequency of these events will therefore have a negative impact on investments.

Of late India has witnessed various initiatives by the State to bring environmental issues to the main stream through different schemes aimed at achieving behavioral and structural changes in the environmental governance of the country. However, it also needs to be assessed whether these scheme have even moved closer to what they aimed at achieving.

In light of this, the GNLU Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development is organizing a two-day National Conference on Environment & Sustainable Development with the objective of discussing, arguing. analyzing and suggesting probable roadmap for solutions to this imminent threat facing humanity in the eye. Therefore, we extend cordial invitation to dignitaries from diverse backgrounds to attend the conference.


  • Wildlife and Biodiversity
    • Wildlife Trade and Crime: Challenges across the Borders
    • Dilemma in Development Rights of Indigenous Communities
    • Paving Paradise: India's Diminishing Wetlands

  • Global Environmental Governance
    • Deliberative Democracy: Outcomes of Inter-Governmental Climate Deals?
    • Trans-boundary Environmental Harm: State Responsibility Vs. State Sovereignty
    • Trade in 'Pollution': Carbon Markets

  • Urban Planning
    • Balancing the Beam: Smart city Vs. Sustainable City
    • Conflict, Cooperation, and Collective Action: Optimizing land Use
    • Gold in the Garbage: Waste Management

  • Energy
    • How Green is Clean Energy?
    • Energy Paradox: Sustainability of Nuclear Energy

  • Legislative and Regulatory Framework
    • Trouble in the Tribunal: Justice to the Environment?
    • Locating the Liability: Issues and Challenges in the Environmental Regime
    • Governing the Greens: India's Forest Framework
    • Resource Management: Environment and Bureaucracy (Natural Resources)
    • Environmental Impact Assessment: Purpose, Implications and Lessons

  • Climate Change
    • 21st Century: A Global Potpourri of Climate Change Threats
    • Disappearing Islands: Primitive Migration to Climate Refugees

  • Environment and Technology
    • Artificial Intelligence for Good: Quantum Leap for Sustainable Development?
    • Environmental Engineering: Biotechnology and Bioremediation


  • Original Research papers are invited on the aforementioned themes.
  • Participation is invited from students enrolled bona-fide on a regular basis in an under graduate / post graduate law course or its equivalent conducted by any recognized College, University, Institution in India
  • Only one submission per Author shall be entertained.


  • GNLU Students: Rs 500/-
  • Students: Rs 1000/-
  • Others: Rs 1500/-

Submission Guidelines:

  • The paper must be authored in English only.
  • The paper should be the original work of the Author(s). Plagiarized entries and paper(s) published elsewhere or selected / submitted for publication elsewhere shall be rejected.
  • Each paper must include an Abstract. The word limit for Abstract is 300 words.
  • The word limit for full paper is 3500 - 4500 words, not including footnotes.
  • The paper should be typed in Times New Roman, font size 12 pt and Line Spacing 1.5.
  • The footnotes must be typed in Time New Roman, font size 10 pt and Line Spacing I.5
  • The margins should be 1' or 2.54 cm on all sides.
  • All text should be justified.
  • Every citation must follow the Harvard Bluebook, 19th Edition.

Submission Procedure:

  • The entries must be sent by e-mail to with the subject 'GCESD 2018 research paper'
  • The body of the email must specify the name(s) of the Author(s).
  • The paper may be attached in '.doc' or '.docx' format.
  • The participant are required to send the following details in a separate word document attached to the email:
    • Theme Chosen
    • Title of the paper
    • Name(s) of the Author(s),
    • College / Institute / University of the Author(s)
    • Programme enrolled in & year of study of Author(s)
    • Email address & contact no. of the Author(s)

Important Dates:

Submission of Full Paper:

25th February, 2018

Review and Notification of Paper Selection for Presentation:

2nd March, 2018

Payment of Registration Fee:

10th March, 2018

Date of Conference:

17th - 18th March, 2018

Mr. Amlt Agrawal
Student Convener
GNLU Centre for Environment & Sustainable Development
Phone: +91-7828276397

Mr. Sharon Matthew
Student Co-Convenor
GNLU Centre for Environment & Sustainable Development
Phone: +91-9537760839

GNLU Centre for Environment & Sustainable Development
Gujarat National Law University,
Attalika Avenue, Knowledge Corridor, Koba,
Gandhinagar - 382 007, Gujarat
Phone: 079-23276611, 079-23276612
Fax: 079-23276613

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