Raj Kumar

The 2016 India-Hawaiʻi Law Symposium: Environmental Rule of Law, Environmental Courts, Climate, and Constitutions, will be held June 16, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law. Among many topics, speakers will address climate trends in Hawaiʻi, India’s climate initiatives and cases, and environmental crimes in Hawaiʻi.

The symposium is a result of the growing partnership between the Supreme Court of India and the National Green Tribunal and the Supreme Court of the State of Hawaiʻi and the UH law school.

In attendance will be several special guests, including Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Associate Justice A.K. Sikri of the Supreme Court of India, President Chairperson Swatanter Kumar of the National Green Tribunal, Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok, consul general of India (San Francisco Consulate) and Vice Chancellor Raj Kumar of O.P. Jindal Global University/Dean of Jindal Global Law School.

There will be panels, workshops and lectures that include participation by Hawaiʻi’s Supreme Court Justices, as well as UH law school faculty from the Environmental Law Program, and faculty from other U.S. law schools.

“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 Hawaiʻi Supreme Court,” said Professor Denise Antolini, associate dean for academic affairs at the UH law school. “The symposium will also be a great opportunity to recognize and celebrate the first anniversary of the Hawaiʻi Environmental Court, which will be the focus of a panel of experts and the closing plenary session.”

For more about the symposium read the UH Mānoa School of Law news release.

—By Beverly Creamer