Call for Papers: Nirma University’s International Conference on Strengthening Climate Justice Initiatives: Livelihood Challenges with a focus on Farmers ; Submit by July 15


CONFERENCE DATE AND VENUE: 8-9 November 2014, NIRMA University, Institute of LAW, Ahmedabad

Institute of Law, Nirma University (ILNU), Ahmedabad (Gujarat), India and National Council for Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Public Leadership (NCCSD) invite students, research scholars, academicians, policy makers, practitioners, NGOs, regulatory bodies, farmers and various other stakeholders to initiate a dialogue on the theme ‘Strengthening Climate Justice Initiatives: Livelihood Challenges at Local Level with a focus on Farmers’ and to critically analyse the contribution of government policies, legal framework, technology and local initiatives to bring Climate Justice against the challenges faced by farmers at local level.

NCCSD and NIRMA University proposes to raise concern of farmers in context of food security of hungry millions:
I. Give voice to farmers, understand their options and empower them to act.
II. Suggest inclusive sustainable legal and administrative process with the involvement of all stakeholders to
reduce inequality through appropriate redresal system and with protective assistance to get it.
III. Strengthen governance through local level public leadership for better accountability.
IV. Improvement in existing legal framework and tools to suggest ensuring preventive and remedial action to
reduce vulnerability through transparent credible, long – lasting and effective but quick enforcement of
climate and related policies.
V. It will examine existing provisions-its limitation and suggest needed charges included a new framework.
VI. Develop international perspective for UNFCCC- Climate related negotiation to focus on need of farmers
and give agriculture weightage as mitigation tool.
VII. The recent Loss and damage” framework entails claims by the developing world from developed countries
to provide compensation for the “losses and irreversible damage, including non-economic losses
associated with climate change. This is based on the Tort Law extending to such tangible aspects as mass
migration, rather than money alone. In cases of civil negligence, courts have long established that where a
proximate cause to a loss can be established, whether the action was intentional or not, the perpetrator
will bear the liability.
VIII. In the context of Climate Change and its adverse impact, farming is becoming increasing risky and debt
ridden profession. As per NSSO 60% of farmers do not like farming.


1. National and International legal framework for Climate Justice.

2. Climate Justice Initiatives and Technology.

3. Local Initiatives to bring Climate Justice.

4. Role of Government Policies and Schemes in Climate Justice Initiatives.

 Abstract of the Papers (400 Words Maximum) on the selected subject to be submitted before: July 15, 2014

Acceptance of the paper will be intimated by August 01, 2014

Submission of the full paper has to be made before: September 15, 2014

Abstract and Full paper to be submitted on

Registration Dates

Last date of registration along with the registration fee: 15th October, 2014