Official visit by dignitaries from the Supreme Court of Hawai’i and William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai'i, USA

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11 March 2015
On 10 March 2015, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Michael D. Wilson, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Hawai'i, USA; Professor Avi Soifer, Dean and Professor Denise E. Antolini, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai'i, USA, visited WWF-India to meet the CEL team and discuss the possibility of future collaboration with CEL.

CEL has been conducting trainings and workshops on environmental law and the National Green Tribunal, for judicial members, law professionals and civil society organisations in order to build capacity of these stakeholders in environmental litigation practices. The state of Hawai’i is still in its nascent stage of developing an environmental court and the delegates were intrigued with the functioning of NGT in India. Ms. Moulika Arabhi, Director, CEL, gave a detailed presentation on the history and establishment of the National Green Tribunal and the changing dynamics of environmental jurisprudence in India. Mr. Ravi Singh, SG & CEO, WWF-India also met the delegates and discussed the evolution of different environmental and conservation strategies adopted globally, and the future of environmental law in India.

A visit to NGT was also organised for the delegates the following day to observe court proceedings of an environmental tribunal in India. The delegates were truly amazed with the functioning of the NGT Bench which comprises both judicial and expert members. The delegates also spoke to one of the Senior Counsel, Mr. Raj Panjwani, about court procedure and the evolution of the Tribunal since its establishment.

Justice Wilson suggested that the training and capacity workshops conducted by CEL could be adapted to suit the judicial system of Hawai’i. The meeting concluded with the possibility of a MoU between William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai'i and CEL, WWF-India on capacity building exercises conducted by CEL for the benefit of lawyers and judicial officers in Hawai’i in order to facilitate a better understanding of green courts before the establishment of their own environmental court.


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