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Foundation Course on Environmental Law


Rapid urbanisation and industrialisation have taken a massive toll on our ecosystem, making it imperative to regulate the changes that affect the environment. Thus, government and semi-government bodies have framed laws, regulations and mitigation strategies to strike a balance between people and the environment. In India, given our geo-political climate, complexities arise due to disparity in availability of resources among geographies. This disparity coupled with other factors leads to multiple legal conflicts between various government bodies, between state and the corporate entities and between individuals and the state. Thus, there is an emerging demand for lawyers and professionals who have a fair idea of laws and regulations related to the environment and who can help these stakeholders work smoothly within the legal framework.

This course is designed to introduce you to the legal terminologies, tools, principles, fundamental rights, bodies established and measures taken by the government to conserve and protect resources in our country. It is of immense help to students, researchers and lawyers who aspire to work in the field of environmental laws.

Course Outcome


After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Relate to the importance of the various components of our environment
  • Apply and analyse laws and role of established bodies relating to the environment
  • Discuss the challenges faced by the Government and implementation of conservation strategies

Course Outline

  • Module 1 – Emergence of Environmental Laws
  • Module 2 – Forest, Wildlife and Biodiversity
  • Module 3 – Water, Marine and Air Law
  • Module 4 – Environment Protection Laws and Mega Projects
  • Module 5 – Panchayat Laws and Natural Resource Management
  • Module 6 – Energy, Climate Change and Environment
  • Certification Exam/ Assessment



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Who Should Take This Course?

  • Lawyers, Legal Advisors and Counsel
  • Law Students
  • Environmentalists and Ecologists
  • Other stakeholders interested in familiarising themselves with the environmental and legal system in India.

Level: Beginner

Language: English

Duration: 6 Months

Evaluation Method

Learners must submit all assignments and secure at least 50% marks in Certification Exam at the end of the course to obtain the course certificate.

About the Author

Enviro Legal Defence Firm (ELDF) is India's first environmental law firm established on 2nd October, 1999, to provide research on environment and development law that can be used in both, rural and urban settings, develop training modules and provide a platform to encourage young lawyers to choose the field of environmental and developmental. ELDF's team of erudite legal professionals includes Eisha Krishn an expert on environment, wildlife and protected areas; Salik Shafique, an expert on afforestation, governance and environmental clearance; Upama Bhattacharjee, an expert on water and watershed management, and laws relating to air and noise pollution; Keith Varghese, an expert on oceans, ports, air and noise pollution, and wildlife; Eeshan Chaturvedi, whose areas of expertise lie in international environmental law, renewable energy, climate change and biodiversity; Krishna Srinivasan, an expert on decentralised governance and Adivasi communities; and Shyama Kuriakose, whose areas of interest are forestry, biodiversity, decentralisation and self governance, oceans, wildlife and traditional knowledge.

Video Lectures by Advocate Avani Bansal, Supreme Court of India

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