About the Journal
Indian Journal of Environmental Law Volume 1 was was brought out with the dominant mission to mine and flesh out the Indianness in the Indian Environmental Legal regime while providing a platform and forum for building and blossoming of the scholarship on Indian Environmental Jurisprudence. This is both a challenge and an opportunity, for scholars and professionals in the legal discipline. As a matter of fact, much of the writing, related to Indian Environmental Law, is by people who are not legal professionals or even for that matter, from the legal academies.As submitted in the inaugural issue, the dominant mission of the
effort here is to mine and flesh out the Indianness in the Indian EnvironmentalLegal regime while providing a platform and forum for building and blossomingof the scholarship on Indian Environmental Jurisprudence. This is both a challengeand an opportunity, for scholars and professionals in the legal discipline. As amatter of fact, much of the writing, related to Indian Environmental Law, is bypeople who are not legal professionals or even for that matter, from the legalacademies. Hence, you would find, the call for papers gets renewed in this issue
INDIAN JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
VOLUME 1, 2001
LIST OF ABSTRACTS
1. Author Prof. Md. Zafar Nomani, ‘Environment, Agriculture and Challenges of Bio-Piracy: A Blue Print of Indian Sui generis legal order’ in which an examination of the proposed legal regime on Biological Diversity is carried out. In this analytical effort, he makes a plea for evolving a system of governance that respects, recognizes and adopts the rich native wisdom so as to protect the community and the national interest in the living resources.
2. Author Dr. Ishwar Bhat, ‘Need for restoring the Kumki and Bane Privileges: Towards Sustainable Development and Biological Diversity’ in his paper, seeks to understand, appreciate and highlight a particular local practice and makes a case for its legal protection. He avers that such a legal support would promote sustainable development besides protection and conservation of the rich biodiversity of the region.
3. Author Janet Altman, ‘Conserving India’s Tigers’ focuses on conserving India’s Tigers. Lays down the background in looking at the tiger population and the laws, agreements and policies prevailing. Author has also explored the challenges faced by the Tiger population and the conflicts with humans. Major areas of concern include the commercial forestry, poaching and illegal wildlife, traditional Chinese medicines and other projects for developmental reasons. Prevailing policies and the judicial intervention for tiger conservation has been emphasised and steps to be taken for conserving the tiger population.
4. Author Leslie Burton, ‘Saving the African Elephants’ brings in the comparative aspects of conservation in her reflections on ‘Saving the African Elephant’. Major focus on African Elephants and their life within the forest area. Author has focussed on the reasons for decline of elephant population due to various reasons and has justified the reasons for saving the animal. Looking in to the International convention for protecting the endangered species, has attempted to craft a solution for the protection of elephant population.
5. Author Ali Mehdi ‘Right to a Clean Environment: A Judicial Vindication’ highlights the signal contribution of the Indian higher judiciary, in enriching the jurisprudence on the Right to a Clean Environment.
6. Author Prof. (Dr.) M K Ramesh, Population, Poverty and Environment in North-East India, which is a collection of conference papers that seek to reflect upon the socio-economic existence of the people of the north-eastern region of India.
7. Author Sairam Bhat provides an update on the case law, that is contributing significantly to the evolution of Environmental Law, through judicial process, in India. In this issue, we are introducing a novelty.
8. Author Sharad Kulkarni, A draft bill on Wildlife (Protection)Law, produced by non-governmental organization, is included here. The object is to invite, as desired by its drafter suggestions and critical inputs so as to make it an effort and contribution, on behalf of the people, to assist the government, so that a refined effort would emerge out of the exercise.