3 J. Ct. Innovation 79 (2010)
On the Quest for Green Courts in India

handle is hein.journals/jrlci3 and id is 91 raw text is: ON THE QUEST FOR GREEN COURTS
Bharat H. Desai* and Balraf Sidhu**
The diagnosis of environmental problems at the historic first
U.N. Conference on the Human Environment (UNCHR) in 1992,
otherwise known     as the Earth    Summit, unleashed     a spate of
administrative and legislative measures in both developed and
developing countries. The environmental renaissance, which saw the
development of global conferencing technique at Stockholm (1972),1
Rio de Janeiro (1992),2 and Johannesburg (2002)3, has brought about
worldwide phenomenal growth in environmental awareness, policies,
legislation and institutions.
The importance of this development lies in the fact that enforce-
ment of global regulatory measures has to take place at the national
level. As the volume of environmental law, including both hard law
and soft law grows, the question of adjudication of disputes gains
*Bharat Desai is Chairman, Centre for International Legal Studies (CILS) and
Jawaharlal Nehru Chair in International Environmental Law, School of International
Studies (SIS), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
**Balraj Sidhu is a Doctoral Scholar, CILS, SIS, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New
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1972, Report of the UN Conference on the Human Environment, 1-68, U.N. Doc.
2. Conference on Environment and Development, Rio de Janeiro, Braz., June
3-14, 1992, Report of the UN Conference on Environment and Development, vol. I-II,
UN Doc. A/CONF.151/26,
3. World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg, South Africa,
Aug. 26 - Sept. 4, 2002, Report of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, pp.1-
173, A/CONF.199/20.
4. Bharat H. Desai (1996), Environmental Law: Some Reflections, 23 INDIAN BAR
REV. 191 (1996) (issue no. 3-4).

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