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Environmental Jurisprudence and the Supreme Court: Litigation, Interpretation, Implementation

Price : $20.75
ISBN # : 9788125055037
Author : Geetanjoy Sahu
pages: 344
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Orient Blackswan
Published : 2014

Since the 1980s, the Supreme Court of India has intervened regularly in cases involving environmental issues, taking both state and private actors to task on environmentally destructive actions and policies and asserting itself in the implementation of its judgments. It has thus earned itself a widespread and formidable reputation as a green court .

The current volume examines how green the Supreme Court actually is and what it even means to be green in an Indian context.

It examines the various kinds of environmental discourse prevalent in India and analyses how these feature in the Supreme Court s judgments.

It describes the range of legal and extra-legal factors that affect judicial decision making.

It analyses trends and patterns in the Supreme Court s decisions in environmental cases and also points out and explains the contradictions in these patterns.

It explores the significant role that the Supreme Court has come to play in implementing its own decisions in environmental cases. It examines the efficiency of such implementation and also considers the question of whether or not it constitutes judicial overreach.

It concludes with a reflection on the evolution of environmental jurisprudence in India and the lessons that the newly instituted National Green Tribunal can glean from the Supreme Court s role in environmental cases.

This volume will be of tremendous interest to students and scholars of environmental law and political science. It will also be of interest to lawyers specialising in environmental litigation, public administrators and environmental activists and NGOs.

The volume provides an overview of every environmental case heard by the Supreme Court between 1980 and 2010, going well beyond the scope of the existing literature. It ties together a vast amount of disparate material and makes it clear and easy to read.

The volume deals with the rapidly blossoming field of environmental jurisprudence and engages both primary source material as well as recent scholarship. It also deals with the Supreme Court s prominent reputation as an activist court, which has received considerable critical and media attention over the last ten years, and provides some analysis of the National Green Tribunal, which is a very new body.

The volume will be of interest to legal scholars as well as scholars of political science, public policy and administration, and ecology and environmental studies.

Author Bio: Geetanjoy Sahu is Assistant Professor at the School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Monday 21 April, 2014.

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