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            Under Environmental Law Capacity Building Project
                                 Funded by
                   Ministry of Environment and Forests,
                           Government of India


The National Law School of India University is one of the premier institutions for
higher education in law. Sponsored by the Bar Council of India to achieve
excellence in professional legal education. National Law School was established
under the National Law School of India Act. Apart from offering degrees in LL.B
(Hons.), LL.M., M.Phil., LL.D. in Law., and Ph.D. in social science subjects the
university offers continuing education for law persons and para-legal training
of/for social activists and legal-aid workers. Master of Business Laws (MBL), Post
Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law (PGDEL), Post Graduate Diploma in
Human Rights (PGDHR), Post Graduate Diploma in Medical Law and Ethics
(PGDMLE) are the courses offered through distance education mode by the
university presently. National Law School's Distance Education Unit also proposes
to start by January 2003, Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and
Post Graduate Diploma in Alternate Dispute Resolution Mechanisms.


The Centre for Environmental Law Education, Research and Advocacy (CEERA)
signifies the second phase of evolution of National Law School of India University.
After establishment in 1997, CEERA is a centre for excellence in Environmental
Law. It takes in its fold; building knowledge base in environmental law,
consolidate environmentally sensitive community and capacity building in
environmental law and management, as its core objectives.

Currently CEERA is executing a World Bank funded, “Capacity Building Project for
Environmental Managers in India” (Legal component) on behalf of the Ministry of
Environment and Forests, Government of India, New Delhi. The communities
proposed to be trained under the project are, Law Teachers, Industrial
Managers, Members of Non Government Organizations, Government Officials
and Members of Bar and Bench. The Centre has also performed short
assignments for institutions like the Indira Gandhi Institute for Development
Research, Mumbai, with the aim of offering a wide range of services. Through its
operation CEERA has offered successful consultancy to various stakeholder
groups including various governmental departments, judiciary and NGO groups.
Working in close cooperation with UNEP, UNITAR, IUCN and APCEL, the Centre
with its rich resource base and documentation, has plans of developing into the
Environmental Law Academy for the entire SAARC region in the years to come.
Centre for Environmental Law Education, Research and Advocacy, has built
partnerships with over 25 institutions all over India to assist its mission to develop
Environmental Jurisprudence and Legal Capacity in India.


The Academic Staff College Programme instituted by the University Grants
Commission in pursuance of the National Policy on Education (1986) is directed
towards, improving the skills in professional competence, motivation and quality
of teachers with a view to upgrade the overall quality of higher education being
imparted in Universities and Colleges throughout the country. This is to be
accomplished through specially developed Orientation Programmes and
Refresher Courses. While the orientation course, with emphasis on teaching
methodology, is intended for new teachers at the level of lecturers, the refresher
courses are to serve every teacher at least once in five years.

The University has already organized over twenty-six such courses during the last,
fourteen years and provided training to over 700 law teachers from nearly 120
university departments and law colleges spread among 20 states and union
territories, as well as few teachers from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal.

The Centre for Environmental Law Education Research and Advocacy              at
National Law School of India University under Government of India Project that is
financially supported by the World Bank has been entrusted with the task of
building the environmental law capacity of various stakeholders in
environmental management.

Under the project, a role larger than that of teaching students of law is
envisaged for an environmental law teacher. He is rather expected to help to
build the environmental law capacity in government authorities, local self-
government functionaries, NGOs and other stakeholders in bringing better
environmental governance in the country, in addition to carrying on his teaching
assignments in Law Schools. Given the challenging state of environmental law
education in India, it has become imperative that the law teachers be equipped
first in this frontier area of legal knowledge so as to facilitate them to build the
legal capacity of environmental stakeholders in India. With this novel objective
at the background, it is proposed to organize a training course for law teachers
March 8th, 2003.

This is the 9th in the series of such training programmes. The present course is
divided in to two segments. The first one reintroduces the teacher to the
fundamental jurisprudential aspects of 'environmental law' enabling him to
further his level of understanding various models of law to protect the
environment. On the other hand, the second segment takes the teacher to
advanced versions pertaining to challenges of contemporary world. The focus
of the advanced version would be on building the skills, tools and techniques of
the law teachers in training the managers of environment in India. This training
programme is intended to invite 30 law teachers from allover India in the field of
environmental law and advocacy.


Major focus will be on Indian law and systems. But there will also be sufficient
emphasis on international and comparative environmental law. Broadly the
course focus on the following areas:

·      Constitutional framework and environment
·      Jurisprudential aspects of environmental law
·      Current environmental challenges
·      Natural Resources, biodiversity and land laws
·      Pollution control laws climate change
·      World trade and environment
·      Environment administration and environmental justice delivery system
·      International legal systems and environment

The sessions will be handled by members of CEERA team and carefully drawn
experts in the field of environmental management in India. The course consists
of regular lectures as mode of imparting instructions, designed to provide
sufficient scope for interaction with resource person. There will be panel
discussions, role-plays, group discussions, field trips and cultural visits facilitating
further interaction among the participants to learn from each other's experience.
It is desired that each participant will actively participate in the programme.


The course is available to full-time teachers, either teaching environmental law or
likely to be entrusted with such responsibility in the very near future, in their
respective University/Institution. The very object is to attract teachers in the initial
stages of their career so that, on successful completion of the training
programmes, they would help to build the environmental law capacity of all
other stakeholders in their respective regions of work, in the years to come.

As a prerequisite for selection, the nominated teachers are requested to prepare
a status report of the environmental problems in their region and the possible
legal and non-legal solutions that they are aware of. They are required to make
a brief presentation during the course of the training programme relating to their
'reports'.  This will not only facilitate discussion of regional environmental
challenges but also help to determine future research activities of the
concerned institutions with CEERA. The report must therefore be substantiated
with empirical evidence and suitable references as far as possible.

Invited teachers are also required to send in advance to the Coordinator, a
copy of the environmental law curriculum prescribed by their University, teaching
plan, list of reading materials and a few sample question papers. Since the
proposed training programme is expected to determine the direction of
teaching of environmental law and form the foundation for building the
capacity in environmental managers in India, fulfillment of these stipulations by
the invited teachers is mandatory. Careful screening of all the applications
would be made keeping in to account - prior experience in environmental law
teaching/research, other creative methods of engagement with environmental
management and future desire for specializing in this area.

As instructed by UGC every participant shall pay an admission fee(non-
refundable) of Rs.500/- at the time of admission to the course.


Invited teacher will be provided first class Railway fare to & fro by the shortest
route or the actual bus fare. Free boarding and lodging arrangements for the
duration of the course will be provided by the University. Invited teacher will be
provided with course materials. The University/College in which the teacher is
employed is expected to grant duty leave for participants, as desired by the
University Grants Commission.

The enclosed application form has to be duly filled in and sent through the
Principal/Dean/Head of the Department on or before September 30th, 2002,
along with self-addressed envelope. The Head of the Institution is required to
endorse that the applicant, if invited, will be given duty leave.

Rush your duly filled in applications to:

Prof. O.V. Nandimath
Programme Coordinator
Centre for Environmental Law, Education, Research and Advocacy
National Law School of India University
P.O. Box. No. 7201, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore-560072

For any further inquiry and details contact:

ASC Programme Inquiry

Centre for Environmental Law Education, Research and Advocacy
National Law School of India University
P.O. Box. No. 7201, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore-560072
Phone: 080-3213160, 3211303, 3213160
Fax: 080-3217858, 3219231(on request)

Application Form