(July - September, 2021, February, 2022)
Ritika is a fourth-year law student at Institute of Law, Nirma University. Her passion for environmental law stems from her keen interest in human rights and global environmental politics. She aspires to work in the field of environmental law to help the communities who have to bear the burden of the excessive exploitation of the environment. She is also deeply committed to preserve environmental heritage.
During the course of her association the Center, she:
i. worked on a gamut of civil and common environmental legal regimes from Argentina and India as they relate to freshwater lakes. As part of the Center's Kareri lake pilot, she also took interviews with activists, tourism industry professionals, and forest department officials. Based on research, she advised the center on possible options for protecting lakes, through iterative memoranda,
ii. assisted with ongoing legal aid in the Chhattisgarh coal belt, including drafting representations to government authorities, analyzing Environmental Impact Assessment Reports and public hearing proceeding records, and translating Hindi documents,
iii. drafted weekly bulletins covering events in the Western Indian Himalayas,
iv. monitored judicial orders from the Uttrakhand, Himachal, and Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh High Courts, and the National Green Tribunal,
v. drafted Right to Information First and Second Appeals, and
vi. studied the Apex Committee on Implementation of Paris Agreement created by the Government of India.
vii. assisted with structuring of the firm,
viii. updated the NGT Tracker,
ix. worked on pre-litigation advisory research and client interviewing
Deepansh is a final-year student of masters in International Law at South Asian University. His interest in working for the environmental causes arose from his exposure to global climate policies. Deepansh feels deeply committed to make a positive impact through his research in the areas of Indian Forest laws and aspires to contribute in the studies of climate refugees.
During the course of his one month internship at the Center, he:
i. Translated existing research on threats to high altitude lakes and regulatory regime to address these threats, into representations to the Government.
ii. Applied the Global Standards for Sustainability Reporting, Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard 2.0 and Global Sustainable Tourism Council standards to existing advocacy strategies in high altitude environments of the Hindu Kush Himalayas.
iii. Proofread and suggested amendments to the disclaimers for the Center website.
iv. Informed the Center's strategy for structuring under the Companies Act, 2013, and
v. Drafted a legal memorandum applying key judicial pronouncements and planning and environmental legislation on construction in the Western Indian Himalayas to on ground instances of illegal construction.