Public invited to June 16 symposium featuring legal luminaries from India

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Beverly Creamer, (808) 389-5736
Media Consultant, William S. Richardson School of Law
Posted: Jun 8, 2016

Vice Chancellor and Dean Raj Kumar/Jindal Global University and Jindal Global Law School, India.
Vice Chancellor and Dean Raj Kumar/Jindal Global University and Jindal Global Law School, India.

A growing partnership between the India Supreme Court and the National Green Tribunal of India, and the Hawai‘i Supreme Court and William S. Richardson School of Law, has generated a unique international symposium on Thursday, June 16, 2016.  The symposium, free and open to the public, will explore comparative viewpoints on the climate crisis, environmental courts, constitutions, and environmental rule of law.   

In attendance will be several special guests, including the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India, an Associate Justice, the President Chairperson of the National Green Tribunal, the Consul General of India (San Francisco Consulate), and the Vice-Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University/Dean of Jindal Global Law School. There will be panels, workshops and lectures that include participation by Hawai‘i’s Supreme Court Justices, as well as UH Law School faculty from the Environmental Law Program, and faculty from other U.S. law schools.

The symposium, "2016 India-Hawaiʻi Law Symposium: Environmental Rule of Law, Environmental Courts, Climate, and Constitutions," is set for 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Richardson School of Law on the UH Mānoa campus.  Among many topics, speakers will address Climate Trends in Hawai‘i, India’s Climate Initiatives and Cases, and Environmental Crimes in Hawai‘i.

“We are truly honored to have this very high level delegation of visitors coming to our Law School as part of our growing collaboration with Jindal Global Law School, the National Green Tribunal of India, the India Judiciary, and our Hawai‘i Supreme Court,” said Professor Denise Antolini, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Richardson Law School.  “The symposium will also be a great opportunity to recognize and celebrate the first anniversary of the Hawai‘i Environmental Court, which will be the focus of a panel of experts and the closing plenary session."

India’s Environmental Court and leading judge of its National Green Tribunal, Justice Swatanter Kumar, played an important role in supporting Hawai‘i’s establishment of an Environmental Court a year ago, beginning July 1. India has been an international leader in this field, along with Brazil.

Hawai‘i Supreme Court Associate Justice Michael Wilson, a former chairperson of the Hawai‘i Board of Land and Natural Resources, played a lead role in the first year of the new court, as well as involving justices from India in the training of the Hawai‘i judges.

There has been an on-going partnership between the two jurisdictions.  This summer, for example, four law students from Jindal Global Law School will be working as externs in the offices of Hawai‘i Supreme Court Justices.  Meanwhile, a student from Richardson Law School recently began a summer-long internship at Jindal Global Law School focusing on juvenile justice issues.  The India-Hawai‘i partnership will continue to grow with jurist, faculty, and student exchanges in the future.

The public is welcome to attend the June 16 symposium at the UH Law School at 2515 Dole Street at no cost. To ensure space, RSVP to

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