CEERA and NLSIU in association with the Environmental Law Centre, University of Cologne, Germany are organizing a 3-day Annual International conference on Environment Law, Policy and Practice.


Centre for Environmental Law Education, Research and Advocacy (CEERA) established in 1997 is a Research Centre at NLSIU, headed by Prof. (Dr.) Sairam Bhat, Professor of Law, NLSIU.

CEERA focuses on research and policy advocacy in the field of environmental law while building an environmental law database, effectively networking among all stakeholders, undertaking training and capacity development exercises, providing consultancy services, and building an environmental law community are CEERA’s main objectives.

About CEERA Annual International Conference

The Annual International Conference on ‘Environmental Law, Policy, and Practice is organized by the Centre for Environmental Education, Research and Advocacy, National Law School of India University, Bengaluru to embark upon the journey to celebrate World Environment Day through the intricate and concerted action of intellectually stimulating and socially relevant discourse on identified themes.

The International Conference gains its relevance in light that, for India and other countries, Climate Emergency being critically acclaimed worldwide, the need for a structured discourse on comparative
environmental law, policy, and practice are overdue.

This International Conference would inter alia, seek to deliberate on the pressing issues that concern the environment, delving into the comparative legal framework on environmental protection, the interface between environment and businesses, activities that foster development, Energy Security, Climate Change and Biodiversity Protection while taking into consideration the development of international framework vis-à-vis national issues and concerns pertaining to the environment.

Who may attend the Conference?

  • Lawyers, Legal Professionals, Policy Makers, and Green Advocates.
  • Academicians, Students, and Research Scholars from the disciplines of Law, Environmental Sciences, Management and Ethics, Environmental Engineering, or Environmental Health.
  • Regulatory agencies, Officers from Pollution Control Board, Forest, Wildlife, and Biodiversity Authority.
  • Industry professionals, EHS managers, Compliance Personnel, Environmental Auditors, and Engineers.


Health, Energy, and Climate Change

  • Impact of Climate Change on Vulnerable Communities.
  • Human action, Health, Climate, and Environmental Change.
  • Climate Negotiation, Clean Energy, and Energy Conservation.
  • Innovation in Cleaner Technology and green energy.
  • Energy Security and Legal Framework on Renewable Energy.

Businesses, Biodiversity Conversation and Protection

  • Sustainability in doing Business: Over-exploitation of Environment
  • Land Use, Bio-diversity Loss and Impact on the Ecosystem
  • Biological Diversity Protection and principles of access and benefit sharing: Issues and Challenges
  • Food security and Biodiversity Conservation
  • Indigenous practices in the conservation of Biodiversity

Environmental Crimes, Forest Resource Management, and Wildlife

  • Dilution of Mens Rea in Environmental Crimes
  • Environmental Courts and Access to justice
  • Encroachment into the wild: Tribals, natural habitat, eco-tourism, and poaching
  • Indigenous Communities and Right to free, prior, and informed consent for access to
    forest resources

Abatement of Disaster Management and Pollution

  • Challenges to implementation of hazardous waste management
  • Prosecution of Crimes under Pollution Control Laws
  • Contemporary perspective on Waste Governance – Laws, Regulations, and Policies.
  • Industrial Accidents, Environmental Safeguards, and Pinning of Liability

Submission Guidelines

  • Participants may register for the conference as an Author or Delegates/Observers.
  • Abstracts of not more than 500 words (excluding keywords), on the above-mentioned themes, are invited, and submitted as Word (.doc/.docx) documents, with a cover letter containing the name, e-mail id, and designation of the author(s).
  • All abstracts shall contain between 4-5 keywords.
  • There shall be a maximum of only two Authors for each Article/ Essay, and all participants are permitted to enjoin as co-author to a maximum of one Article/ Essay only.
  • Potential contributors are required to adhere to a uniform mode of citation (21st edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation).
  • Submissions accepted: Essays: 2000 – 4000 words (exclusive of footnotes); Articles: 3000 – 6000 words (exclusive of footnotes)
  • Authors may be expected to revise their abstracts and full essay/article submission based on reviews and comments received from the organizing team.
  • After peer review, ONLY shortlisted articles and essays will be published in the Journal on Environmental Law, Policy and Development, (JELPD) listed under UGC CARE with ISSN (O) 2348-7046.

How to Submit?

All Abstracts are to be sent via e-mail to ceera@nls.ac.in with the subject line“Three-day International Conference”.

Registration Details

  • Individuals interested in participating in the Conference may register by filling in the Google form link below by paying a registration fee of INR. 5,000/- non-residential fee (Rupees Five Thousand only) for each Delegate Participant or Author/Co-Author.
  • For Undergraduate Students, the registration fee is INR 3,000/ non-residential fee [Rupees three thousand only] per participant or Author/Co-Author.
  • Registration is invited in the form of (i) Delegate Participant (access to all Plenary Sessions and Paper presentation sessions) and (ii) Author/Co-Author (access to all Plenary Sessions and opportunity for presentation of essays/articles).
  • Click the link below for registration for the conference.
  • For additional detail on the Payment method, please refer to the brochure below.

Important Dates

  • Registration Deadline: April 15, 2023
  • Submission of Abstract Deadline: April 20, 2023
  • Conference Dates: June 5-7, 2023
  • Submission of Full-length Essay and Articles: July 1, 2023

Location (Hybrid Mode)

Training Centre, National Law School of India University, Nagarbhavi, Karnataka, India, Bengaluru – 560072.

Contact Information

In case of any queries, please contact:

Centre for Environmental Law Education, Research and Advocacy (CEERA), National Law School of India University, Nagarbhavi, Bengaluru – 560072; Number: 080-23160532-35/ 080-23213160/ 080-23160527; E-Mail: ceera@nls.ac.in

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