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Global Challenges of Modern Times

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International Webinar on ‘Global Challenges of Modern Times’

An international webinar on ‘Global Challenges of Modern Times’ is being organized by Chandigarh University on January 30th, 2021. The event will be graced by eminent international dignitaries from the field of law. The webinar will delve into four topics signifying the global challenges of modern times. Representatives of the Corporate Sector, Faculty Members, and Students from a number of universities in India and Abroad would also be a part of the event. More than 1,000 participants will engage for the webinar reaching nearly 15,000+ people.

Chandigarh University has been proactively engaging with top educationists, corporates and renowned personalities from different fields to broaden the horizons of qualitative learning. The University, in its initial years, has held various National and International Conferences on diverse subjects. Even during COVID – 19, the University has organized about 300 Webinars nationally and internationally where distinguished public figures have delivered the lectures and even had interactive sessions with a large number of attendees, students and faculty members.

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    Chandigarh University, Punjab

  • When

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Satnam Singh Sandhu

Hon’ble Chancellor, Chandigarh University
Mohali (Punjab)

Hon’ble Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar (Patron in Chief)

(Former Judge Supreme Court Of India & Former Chairperson NGT)


Esteemed Judges

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar

Judge, Supreme Court of India Former Chief Justice, Madhya Pradesh High Court and Himachal Pradesh High Court

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul

Judge, Supreme Court of India Former Chief Justice, Madras High Court and Punjab and Harayana High Court

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Bhushan Ramakrishna Gavai

Judge, Supreme Court of India Former Judge, Bombay High Court

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Surya Kant

Judge, Supreme Court of India Former Chief Justice, Himachal Pradesh High Court


Prominent Speakers


Judge, Hawaii Supreme Court


Senior Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, Asian Development Block (ADB)


Brazilian Botanist, Environmentalist and Author


Former Judge, British Supreme Court


President, East African Court of Justice


Senior Lecturer, School of Law, Northumbria University


Instructional Associate Professor, University of Houston Law Center


Former Justice, Third Environmental Court of Chile Lawyer and Consultant in Environmental Law and Water Rights


Former Justice, National High Court of Brazil


Founder & Professor, Jindal Global School of Environment and Sustainability


President of the EU Forum of Judges for the Environment


Environmental Law Professor from Osaka University


Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales


Justice Supreme Court of Nepal


Sri Lankan judge and lawyer.

Professor Domenico Amirante

Professor Domenico Amirante University of Campania "L. Vanvitelli" (University of Naples II)

Ellie Cohen

CEO of The Climate Center

Professor Muhammad Tawfiq Ladan

Director General of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, (NIALS).

Event Schedule plan

Conference Schedule.

Session: Morning

Time: 9:50 AM to 11:50 AM IST

Justice Preston is the Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales. Prior to being appointed in November 2005, he was a senior counsel practising primarily in New South Wales in environmental, planning, administrative and property law. He has lectured in post-graduate environmental law for over 25 years. He is the author of Australia’s first book on environmental litigation and 103 articles, book chapters and reviews on environmental law, administrative and criminal law. He holds numerous editorial positions in environmental law publications and has been involved in a number of international environmental consultancies and capacity-building programs, including for judiciaries throughout Asia.

Justice Preston is an Official Member of the Judicial Commission of NSW, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW, Honorary Fellow of the Environment Institute of the Australia and New Zealand and also a member of various international environmental law committees and advisory boards. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney and at Western Sydney University.

Irum is an active member of Law and policy Reform team of ADB's legal department. She has been actively working towards strengthening environmental and climate change adjudication and enforcement with the higher judiciaries of South Asia. An advocate for gender consciousness and for women’s rights, she completed her legal education at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is licensed to practice law in the High Courts of Pakistan.

Full Professor in Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Campania "L. Vanvitelli" (University of Naples II), Department of Political Science and Coordinator of the PhD Course "Comparative Law and Processes of Integration" at the same University.

His research fields invest multiculturalism and constitutional structures in a comparative perspective (with a particular focus on the Indian experience). Among his latest works: Post-modern Consitutionalism in Asia: Perspectives from the Indian Experience 2013, Lo stato multiculturale (The Multicultural State) 2014; Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection in India 2015; Law, Language and the State in a Global World: a Comparative Investigation 2016.

President Buhari has appointed Professor Muhammad Tawfiq Ladan as Director General of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, (NIALS). Prof. Ladan’s appointment which took effect from 9th September 2019 was conveyed to him by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha.

Professor Ladan is a professor of Law with specialization in comparative jurisprudence, humanitarian, human rights, energy, environmental, security, gender and development laws at the Department of Public Law of the Faculty of Law, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria.

Session: Evening

Time: 2:50 PM to 4:50 PM IST

Justice Dr Emmanuel Ugirashebuja is the current and 4th President of the East African Court of Justice (EACJ). He was appointed Judge of Appeal by the Summit of the EAC Heads of State in November 2013 and subsequently, appointed the Judge President of the EACJ in June 2014. His Lordship was appointed for seven years tenure. Justice Ugirashebuja focuses on the role of the Court to ensure the adherence to law in the interpretation and application of and compliance with the Treaty. His Lordship aims at achieving the Vision and Mission of the Court as well as its Core Values. His Lordship is an expert and arbitrator in both national and international arbitrations. He is also an author of several academic and conference papers. Justice Ugirashebuja is married to Susan Mutoni with one child.

Dr. Bhattarai completed his Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.S.D) from National Law School of India University in 2000. He went to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (2002-2003) under the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship for a program on law, human rights and public policy at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Special program for Urban and Regional Studies of Developing Areas. He subsequently went to Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law Heidelberg, Germany (2005-2006, 2008, 2011,2018) under the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship for Post-doctoral study and research

He has L.L.M in Business law from National Law School of India University, 1997. He has M.A in English Literature (1994), M.A in Political Science (1984) and Diploma in Law (1980) from Tribhuvan University.

Justice Michael Hantke Domas is a lawyer specialized in water, environmental, economic regulation and free competition law. He has more than 25 years of experience as an academic, lawyer, public servant, consultant, international civil servant and judge. In addition to having a degree in Legal Sciences from the Andrés Bello University (Santiago, Chile), he is a doctorate from the ESRC Center for Competition Policy and from the Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia (Norwich, United Kingdom). He served for 6 years as Titular Minister of the Third Environmental Court (Valdivia, Chile), since its creation in 2013. He was the first President who led the installation of the Tribunal. He was also a consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), for ECLAC, among others.

Armin Rosencranz is the founder of Jindal Global School of Environment and Sustainability, at OP Jindal Global University, in Sonipat, India. In 1987, he founded the international environmental NGO, Pacific Environment, which he led until 1996. Rosencranz is also a lawyer and a political scientist. He earned an Arts Bachelor (A.B.) from Princeton University and an LL.B., M.A and Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. He has also been a staff member of President Johnson’s secret task force on government organization. In addition, he conducted a set of hearings on urban problems for the then-Senator, Robert Kennedy.

Session: Morning

Time: 9:50 AM to 11:50 AM IST

Appointed Justice of the National High Court of Brazil (STJ) in 2006 by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Professor Antonio Herman Benjamin was a career Assistant Attorney General of the State of São Paulo for over twenty years, where he headed the Environmental Protection Division for several years. In 2015, Justice Benjamin was appointed Justice of the Superior Electoral Tribunal of Brazil (TSE), having acted as its Electoral Inspector-General ever since. He also served as Chair of the Brazil-US Law Society and is a former President of the Brazilian Fulbright Alumni Association. He is also the founder of the Brazilian Consumer Law and Policy Institute and the Law for a Green Planet Institute. He was a member of the legal expert committee that drafted several Brazilian statutes including the Brazilian Consumer Protection Code, the Competition Act and the Crimes against the Environment Act. Justice Benjamin was also a member of the UN Secretary General Legal Experts Group on Crimes Against the Environment; he was a member of CONAMA (the Brazilian Environmental Council) for many years, appointed originally by president Fernando Henrique Cardoso and reappointed by President Lula da Silva. Justice Benjamin also served as the special advisor for judicial affairs to the president of the Brazilian Senate and was the editor-in- chief of the Brazilian Environmental Law Journal.

Apart from being a Judge at Hawaii Supreme Court, Justice Wilson is also a founding member of the Global Judicial Institute on the Environment and an adjunct faculty member of the Jindal Global University Law School in Sonipat, India. He also served as the director of the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, chair of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, chair of the State Water Commission and a trustee of the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission. Wilson, who holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin a JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence) from the Antioch School of Law, was awarded a lifetime membership in the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife agencies in 1999.

Lord Carnwath served as Attorney General to the Prince of Wales from 1988 to 1994. He was a judge of the Chancery Division from 1994 to 2002, during which (1999 to 2002) he was also Chairman of the Law Commission. He was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2002. Robert John Anderson Carnwath, Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill became a Justice of the Supreme Court in April 2012. Between 2007 and 2012, he was Senior President of Tribunals and led the planning and implementation of the reforms of the tribunal system following the Leggatt report.

Ellie Cohen, CEO of The Climate Center, is a leader in catalyzing cross-boundary, collaborative and just solutions to climate change and environmental degradation. She has received numerous honors including the Beyond Duke Alumni Award for Service and Leadership (2019), the National Park Service Pacific West Region Partnership Award (2018) and the Bay Nature Environmental Hero Award (2012). She was named one of “100 Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet” in the US by the National Women’s History Project (2009) and she was selected to participate in the Climate Reality Project’s second training with former Vice President Al Gore (2007).

Most recently, Ellie served as President and CEO of Point Blue Conservation Science where she and the organization’s 160+ scientists worked with hundreds of public and private partners to develop climate-smart solutions for wildlife and people. Collaborative accomplishments during her 20-year tenure at Point Blue include growing the organization five-fold to a workforce of 200 and an annual budget of $14 million; winning official Observer NGO status at the global climate policy body, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Ellie represented Point Blue in Bonn, Germany at COP23 and in Katowice, Poland at COP24); securing ~$100 million of conservation investments in over 2 million acres of agricultural lands (rangelands, croplands, creeks, and forests) for water, carbon sequestration, biodiversity and local communities; and, guiding 95% of the urbanized coast of California (70+ jurisdictions) in preparing for sea level rise and extreme storms.

Session: Evening

Time: 2:50 PM to 4:50 PM IST

Luc Lavrysen is an environmental law professor at Ghent University, where he leads the Centre for Environmental and Energy Law. He is also the president of the EU Forum of Judges for the Environment and has worked with UNEP on the role of the judiciary. Professor Lavrysen is a Founding Member of the Global Judicial Institute on the Environment and he is currently on the Interim Governing Committee.

Professor Hester teaches environmental law at the University of Houston Law Center. Prof. Hester also served as a partner in Bracewell LLP for sixteen years and led that firm's Houston office's environmental group. He is currently the co-director and a co-founder of the Center for Carbon Management in Energy at the University of Houston. The Environmental Law Institute also named him as its Environmental Scholar in Residence for 2015. Prof. Hester was inducted into the American College of Environmental Lawyers in 2015 (and named a Regent in 2018), elected as a member of the American Law Institute in 2004, and named the Top Environmental Lawyer in Houston in 2011 by Best Lawyers of America. He was also elected to the Council of the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER) in 2011 through 2014, and currently chairs SEER's Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Ecological Services Committee.

Professor Gitanjali Nain Gill has been an academic since 1993 formerly employed at India’s leading university, Faculty of Law, Delhi University, where she experienced a distinguished academic career finishing her tenure as a Reader in 2011. In August 2011, Professor Gill joined the School of Law, Northumbria University as a Senior Lecturer. Professor Gill is also a member of leading international and national professional societies: Member, IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law; Socio-Legal Studies Association; United Kingdom Environmental Law Association; Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment.

Early life and education
Dep's father was Arthur C. Dep a police officer, who retired as a Deputy Inspector General of Police. Educated at St. Joseph's College, Colombo, where he excelled in studies, athletics, rugby, and soccer. Dep obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies at the University of Colombo. He represented the university in rugby and cricket.

Legal career
Studying law at the Sri Lanka Law College, he was called to bar in October 1976 and began his legal practice. In January 1978, he joined the Attorney General's Department as a State Counsel. In February 1989 he was promoted to Senior State Counsel and in February 1996 he was promoted to Deputy Solicitor General and Additional Solicitor General in October 1999. He was appointed a President's Counsel in April 2000. In 2007, he was appointed Solicitor General and served in this post till 2011. During his tenure in the Attorney General’s Department, Dep won a scholarship by the Dutch Government that enabled him to acquire a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Law at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. As a prosecutor he was involved in the Amarapala (Deputy Director of Customs) Murder case, Inoka Sevwandi Murder and the Sujith Prasanna Perera (Superintendent of Customs) Murder. He had served as the head of the Criminal Division of the Attorney General’s Department.

Judaical career
In 2011, he left the Attorney General’s Department, when he was appointed to a Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.[3] On February 27, 2017 he was nominated by the Constitutional Council as the 45th Chief Justice of Sri Lanka and was sworn in in March.

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