1. Legal Remedies to address Environmental Harm
2. Extensive use of the writ remedy and the concomitant lack of usage of statutory remedies
3. Tort remedies – public and private nuisance and negligence.
4. Design and application of remedies under specific statutes like Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1974, Forest Conservation Act 1980, Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1981, Environment Protection Act 1986.
5. Comparative studies on the usage of tort or constitutional remedies in other jurisdictions.
6. Role of Personalities, Institutions and International Legal Developments
7. Role of specific judges in spearheading judicial activism on environmental issues
8. Assessment of judicial activism and its boundaries (e.g. the tension between the right to life and the notion of the wider public benefit in large-scale infrastructure projects). Approaches in India and other jurisdictions.
9.Performance of regulatory authorities like State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), National Human Rights Commission and National Biodiversity Authority. Comparative studies regarding environmental governance structures and successes in other jurisdictions.
10. Role of National Green Tribunal, Green Benches of High Courts and Supreme Court. Stocktaking of developments in India; and/ or comparative studies in other jurisdictions.
11. National Implementation of Indian international obligations under Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), such as the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety; Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change; the Basel Convention on TransboundaryMovement of Hazardous Wastes, etc.
12. Comparative studies regarding domestic implementation of themes addressed under MEAs: e.g. domestic responses to climate change, regulation of GMOs, etc.
13. Climate change, the UNFCCC regime and future challenges.
Stakeholder participation and Civil Society Activism
14. Class action suits in e.g. the United States, and its scope in other common law jurisdictions, including India.
15. Role of scientific experts in environmental law and disputes in India (e.g. EIA consultants; expert witnesses; bodies such as NEERI) and other jurisdictions.
16. Workable stakeholder engagement models for large public infrastructure projects: comparative studies.
International / comparative research
Comparative analysis of all the above topics, including lessons learned, laudable developments, etc. are welcome, although an India component is always strongly encouraged.
Submissions can be in the form of articles, case notes and book reviews and should be emailed to the address listed below in an MS Word *.doc (Times New Roman, font size 12, double spacing) format.
Articles should be of 8,000 to 10,000 words, case notes and book reviews should be of 3000 to 4000 words (including footnotes). All manuscripts should be in UK English and footnotes should conform to the requirements of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed.).
Contributors should email a 500 word abstract of their submission at the address provided below by 15th September 2014. The deadline for accepting final submissions is 30th November 2014.
Since JGLR follows a double-blind peer review process, it is imperative that contributors stick to the deadlines.
The Official Call for Papers is available HERE.