Green Law Lecture 2006

Green Law Lecture 2006 - Environmental Law: Its Development and Jurisprudence

Justice Madan B Lokur, Judge of Delhi High Court, delivering the IX Green Law Lecture at the convocation ceremony of Centre of Environment Law students (CEL) of WWF-India, emphasized on the need of strong environmental legislation and its enforcement for renewed conservation effort.
Speaking on the occasion, Justice Lokur said, “In India, it is quite clear, and unfortunately so, that the development of environmental jurisprudence has been mainly due to the efforts of the Supreme Court due to the inefficiency of the current environmental regime, since even though the statutes and legislation are well defined and stringent, their implementation and enforcement have not been efficient.

He added, “A major problem with the application of the environmental laws is the conflict of values and interests – the value of protection of the environment in the interest of all, versus production (industrial and otherwise) for the good of all. The right jurisprudential approach to environmental legislation would only be one that seeks a resolution to the conflict of these values. Ideally, the regulators of the environment and the producers who use natural resources must be one and the same. Only laws which lead to this end can be said to have the right spirit.”

CEL organizes the annual Green Law lecture as a part of its convocation ceremony for outgoing students of its diploma course. The topic for this year’s Green Law Lecture was: Environmental Law: Its development and jurisprudence. Eminent lawyers, academicians and judges of High Courts have delivered lectures in the past.

Ravi Singh, Secretary General and CEO, WWF-India, “It is a proud moment for us to confer the diploma in environmental law to this year’s CEL students. Introduced in 1993, the Diploma is the first such comprehensive programme of environ-legal education for India and the South Asia and continues to contribute learned professionals in the field of environmental law.”

Dr. Sejal Worah, Programme Director, WWF-India, “We expect that like other CEL graduates, this batch will also go on to be strong advocates of environment and will also become long-term associates of WWF-India”


Notes to the Editor:

About CEL
The Centre for Environmental Law (CEL) was established in 1993 as an integral part of WWF-India. CEL is a unique institution, combining research and education with legal activism. It is the only institution of its kind in the country and perhaps in the region as well. It enjoys support of the Government of India and various national and international organizations including multilateral funding agencies.

The principal feature of CEL’s educational activities is the Diploma Programme in Environmental Law. A unique feature of the Diploma Programme is the incorporation of a regional component and participation of students from the SAARC region, of international environmental law making process with importance on select international environmental agreements. Special focus is on the environment issues which lie at the core of all environmental law and which perhaps determine the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the respective laws.

The teaching methodology comprises of lectures by the core CEL faculty, eminent experts, professionals from the development sector, bureaucrats, and academicians and includes group discussions, presentation, stimulation exercises and a field trip. Each year, since inception in 1993, the Diploma has attracted participants from a variety of professional backgrounds: bureaucrats, lawyers, judges, journalists, academics and others. So far, 309 candidates have received the Diploma in Environmental Law including 22 from SAARC countries

About WWF-India
WWF-India is the largest and one of the most experienced conservation organizations in the country. Since 1969, WWF has been consistently working for the protection and conservation of environment, and towards promoting harmony based on sustainability between human beings and nature. For more information please visit

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Moulika Arabhi
Programme Officer
CEL, WWF-India
Tel: +91 – 11 -4150 4819/4772
Seated from left, Ravi Singh, Secretary General and CEO, WWF-India; Justice Madan B Lokur, Judge, ... 
Seated from left, Ravi Singh, Secretary General and CEO, WWF-India; Justice Madan B Lokur, Judge, Delhi High Court and Dr. Sejal Worah, Programme Director, WWF-India, at the IX Green Law Lecture.
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