College of Law to Host Indian Environmental Activists

During the week of September 22-26, the S.J. Quinney College of Law will host two environmental activists from India, who will be making presentations, and engaging in discussions with students interested in a legal-clinical class. Their presentations (and the class) will focus on the adequacy, effectiveness and implementation of India’s legal requirements governing environmental disputes arising out of the conflict between intensifying industrial and resource development, and the accompanying impacts on India’s tribal and rural peoples, environmental quality, rich biodiversity and diminishing wildlife habitat.

Ritwick Dutta represents environmental claimants in many high profile environmental cases before India’s Supreme Court and other courts. Kanchi Kohli is an active organizer for the Indian environmental non-governmental organization “Kalpavriksh,” and also plays a major reportorial role in writing analytical explanations of the often-complex webs in that litigation.

WHEN, WHERE & WHAT:HINCKLEY INSTITUTE FORUM — Monday, Sept. 22nd, 2 p.m:
Industrial Development, Environmental Damage and Human Displacement in India: A Conversation With Indian Activist Kanchi Kohli and Supreme Court advocate Ritwick Dutta 

COLLEGE OF LAW “GREENBAG” Tuesday, Sept. 23, 12:15, LAW room 107:
Development vs. Preservation In Another Dimension: India’s Environmental Activists, Issues They Face, and Tools of Their Trade — a presentation and discussion with Indian Supreme Court Advocate Ritwick Dutta and NGO (Kalpavriksh) Activist and reporter Kanchi Kohli.

INFORMAL DISCUSSION TO BE ANNOUNCED: WATCH ENVIRONMENT STUDIES E-MAILS, OR CHECK law.utah.edu for details
 

RITWICK DUTTA

Mr. Dutta is a Supreme Court advocate, and director and chief litigator