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India’s National Green Tribunal: Human Rights and the Merits of an Environmental Court

India’s National Green Tribunal (NGT) was established by statute in October 2010 “for effective and expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection and conservation of forests and other natural resources including...

Jam v. International Finance Corp.

A district court dismissed a lawsuit brought by Indian fishermen and farmers against the World Bank in connection with a $450 million loan issued for the construction of a coal-fired power plant in India. The plaintiffs filed suit...

India's First Environmental Referendum: How Tribal People Protected the Environment

In an unprecedented event in 2013, a group of tribal villagers in the Indian state of Orissa (also known as Odisha) rejected the proposal of Vedanta Aluminium Ltd. to mine for bauxite in their territory. The rejection was made through...

The Indian Supreme Court Promotes Interlinking of India's Rivers: Judicial Overreach?

The much-discussed and oft-criticized Indian interlinking of rivers project, initiated on its own motion by the Supreme Court of India (SC), will involve connecting 37 rivers in India through 30 links and 36 dams. The SC seems to have...

India's Integrated Energy Policy: A Source of Economic Nirvana or Environmental Disaster?

Editors' Summary

India's rapidly growing economy naturally demands increasing energy needs from the industrial scale down to the personal. Mindful of potential negative impacts of economic development, India is making efforts to...

Sahu v. Union Carbide Corp.

The court held that it lacked appellate jurisdiction over a lower court's partial grant of summary judgment in favor of the parent company of a chemical plant in Bhopal, India, that allegedly caused soil and groundwater contamination....