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Community Lawyering


We follow a community lawyering model, in response to the increasing distance between the environment on the one hand and the legal institution on the other. 

Simply put, community lawyering requires that legal professionals step out of their offices (often in metropolitan cities) and become a part of the communities that they intend to work with, in an assisting, rather than controlling position.


Community lawyering is based on the need to focus on the grassroots, in order to drive institutional reform in governance. We hope to leverage the vast local institutional network which is responsible for implementing the ambitious environmental laws of India - from the Gram Sabha to Block and District level decision making authorities, for the benefit of local communities that find themselves at the frontline of a rapidly changing third pole that is the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.

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