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Environmental Jurisprudence in India

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ISBN13: 9789041111692
ISBN: 9041111697
Published: May 1999
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
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Within the last two decades, India has not only enacted specific legislation on environmental protection but has also virtually created a new fundamental right to a clean environment in the Constitution. The models and methods adopted in the Indian context appear, at first sight, similar to those in other common law systems. Yet there are many subtle differences which have changed the structure and content of legal development in India. Indian environmental jurisprudence brings out the unique characteristics of a new legal order which has gradually been established in India.;The distinguishing nature of this jurisprudence, as this book shows in detail, has three interconnected elements. First, the nature of the new Indian constitutional law regime accords greater importance to public concerns than protecting private interests. Secondly, this jurisprudential development reflects certain aspects of Indian legal culture, through implicit and explicit reliance on autochthonous values and concepts of law, encapsulated in the Indian juristic postulate of dharma. Thirdly, the emerging Indian environmental jurisprudence bears testimony to the activist role of the Indian judiciary which has also had a significant impact in many areas other than environmental law. In short, the development of environmental jurisprudence in India manifests neo-dharmic jurisprudence in postmodern public law. It accommodates ideas voiced by experts around the world for protecting the environment in forms modified by the Indian legal culture.

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1. Introduction.
2. The constitutional foundations of Indian environmental jurisprudence.
3. Public nuisance and Indian environmental jurisprudence: from common law foundations to public law models.
4. The regulatory framework of Indian environmental statutes.
5. Indian legal culture and environmental jurisprudence.
6. The jurisprudence on Indian environmental law.
7. Conclusion: The neo-dharmic Indian environmental jurisprudence. Abbreviations. Table of cases. Table of statutes. Bibliography.