JGU launches LL.M. Programme in Environmental Law, Energy and Climate Change
JGU and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) organised a conference on “Adapting Environmental Laws for Effective Climate Response” and a lecture on “Green Law-Environmental Justice and the Rule of Law: Role of the Judiciary and Judges”. The events took place as part of the launch of JGU’s new LL.M. programme in Environmental Law, Energy and Climate Change on March 27, 2019 at WWF-India auditorium, New Delhi.
The one-year LLM programme in a niche and futuristic area relating to environmental justice and climate change was launched following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two institutions in New Delhi on 27 March. The objective of the programme is to study the relationship between environment and climate change as well as the role of law, judiciary, alternate energy solutions and how people are dealing with climate change, environmental laws and the implementation of available solutions. The programme will most benefit law graduates who would like to develop specialist legal knowledge on national and global environmental issues, and law professionals working in the field of environment.
The Green Law lecture on “Environmental Justice and the Rule of Law: Role of the Judiciary and Judges” was delivered by Dr. Justice DY Chandrachud. During the lecture, he termed climate change an existential threat and the most important issue facing humanity today. He elaborated on the various threats facing the environment including greenhouse gas emissions, and the marine debris floating in the Pacific Ocean and other oceans. He also spoke of the threat posed by water scarcity in India as well as across the world and the extinction of various species due to global warming. Other issues discussed included the marked increase in natural disasters due to deforestation and climate change that has resulted in environmental refugees.
The guests of honour were: Hon’ble Justice Mr. Swatanter Kumar, Former Chairperson, National Green Tribunal Former Judge, Supreme Court of India; Hon’ble Mr. Justice Michael D. Wilson Judge, Supreme Court of Hawaii USA; Hon’ble Ms. Justice Sabrina S. McKenna Judge, Supreme Court of Hawaii USA; and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Deepak Gupta Judge, Supreme Court of India.