Call for Papers: GNLU National Conference on Environmental Law, 2018 [April 7-8, Gandhinagar]

UPDATE March 12: Conference dates are postponed.

Gujarat National Law University Centre for Environment & Sustainable Development (GCESD) invites research papers on the following themes:


  1. Wildlife and Biodiversity
    1. Wildlife Trade and Crime: Challenges across the Borders
    2. Dilemma in Development: Rights of Indigenous Communities
    3. Paving Paradise: India’s Diminishing Wetlands
  2. Global Environmental Governance
    1. Deliberative Democracy: Outcomes of Inter-Governmental Climate Deals?
    2. Trans-boundary Environmental Harm: State Responsibility v. State Sovereignty
    3. Trade in ‘Pollution’: Carbon Markets
  3. Urban Planning
    1. Balancing the Beam: Smart City v. Sustainable City
    2. Conflict, Cooperation, and Collective Action: Optimizing Land Use
    3. Gold in the Garbage: Waste Management
  4. Energy
    1. How Green is Clean Energy?
    2. Energy Paradox: Sustainability of Nuclear Energy
  5. Legislative and Regulatory Framework
    1. Trouble in the Tribunal: Justice to the Environment?
    2. Locating the Liability: Issues and Challenges in the Environmental Regime
    3. Governing the Greens: India’s Forest Framework
    4. Resource Management: Environment and Bureaucracy (Natural Resources)
    5. Environmental Impact Assessment: Purpose, Implications and Lessons
  6. Climate Change
    1. 21st Century: A Global Potpourri of Climate Change Threats
    2. Disappearing Islands: Primitive Migration to Climate Refugees
  7. Environment and Technology
    1. Artificial Intelligence for Good: Quantum Leap for Sustainable Development?
    2. Environmental Engineering: Biotechnology and Bioremediation


  1. Original research papers are invited on the aforementioned themes.
  2. Participation is invited from students enrolled bona-fide on a regular basis in an undergraduate/postgraduate courses or its equivalent conducted by any recognized college/ university/ institution in India.
  3. Only one submission per author shall be entertained.
  4. Co-authorship by a maximum of 2 students is permitted.


  1. Full Paper submission stands due on 25th February 2018.
  2. Top twenty-five papers in total shall be shortlisted for presentation on 7th and 8th April 2018 at the GNLU National Conference on Environment & Sustainable Development. Authors whose entries are shortlisted shall be intimated of their selection for full paper presentation via e-mail by 02nd March 2018.
  3. Authors of the shortlisted entries will receive certificate of paper presentation. All other participants will be given electronic certificate of participation.
  4. A Panel of Evaluators shall be constituted to select the Best Paper and the 2nd Best Paper.
  5. Selected Research Papers shall be published in the form of a book with an ISBN/ISSN number.

Submission Guidelines

  1. The paper must be authored in English only.
  2. The paper should be the original work of the author(s). Plagiarized entries and paper(s) published elsewhere or selected/ submitted for publication elsewhere shall be rejected.
  3. Each paper must include an Abstract. The word limit for abstract is 300 words.
  4. The word limit for full paper is 3500 – 4500 words, not including footnotes.
  5. The paper should be typed in Times New Roman, Font Size 12 and Line Spacing 1.5.
  6. The footnotes must be typed in Times New Roman, Font Size 10 and Line Spacing 1.
  7. The margins should be 1” or 2.54 cm on all sides.
  8. All text should be justified.
  9. Every citation must follow the Harvard Bluebook, 19th edition.

Submission Procedure

  1. The entries must be sent by email to with the subject ‘GCESD 2018 Research Paper’.
  2. The body of the e-mail must specify the name(s) of the author(s).
  3. The paper may be attached in ‘.doc’ or ‘.docx’ format.
  4. The participants are required to send the following details in a separate word document attached to the e-mail:
    • Theme Chosen
    • Title of the Paper
    • Name(s) of the Author(s)
    • College/ Institute/ University of Author(s)
    • Programme Enrolled In & Year of Study of Author(s)
    • E-mail address & Contact No. of Author(s)


  1. The authors of all papers shortlisted for presentation during the Forum shall be awarded Certificates of Paper Presentation.
  2. The author(s) of the Best Paper of the Conference will be awarded Certificate of Merit, cash prize of Rs. 11,000 and internship with Trilegal.
  3. The author(s) of the 2nd Best Paper of the Conference will be awarded Certificate of Merit, cash prize of INR 5,000 and internship with Trust Legal.

Important Dates

  • Submission of Full Paper: 25th February 2018
  • Review and Notification of Paper Selection for Presentation: 02nd March 2018
  • Payment of Registration Fee: Latest by 18th March 2018
  • Date of Conference: 7th – 8th April 2018


  • For GNLU Students – INR 500
  • For Students – INR 1000
  • Others – INR 1500

* The Registration Fee is exclusive of Accommodation. The registration fee covers Conference Kit, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks & Refreshments on both conference days.


For any queries, you may leave us an e-mail at or contact:

Please read the rules and guidelines before making a query.

Mr. Amit Agrawal
Student Convener, GNLU Centre for Environment & Sustainable Development
Contact No.: +91 7828276397

Ms. Sharon Matthew
Student Co-Convener, GNLU Centre for Environment & Sustainable Development
Contact No.: +91 9537760839

For further details please refer the Conference Brochure given GCESD-Brochure-min


This post was first published on: 3 Feb 2018

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