Indian Laws on Environment and Bio-Diversity

person icon Muralidharan R

Indian Laws on Environment and Bio-Diversity

Functional Legal Skills in Environment and Biodiversity

updated on icon Updated on Dec, 2023

language icon Language - English

person icon Muralidharan R

architecture icon Environment,Law,Criminal Law,Civil and Common Law

Lectures -11

Duration -7.5 hours


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Course Description

This course will provide functional legal skills in two important and interrelated disciplines in law, namely Environment and Biodiversity. When this instructor was a student neither Environmental nor Bio-Diversity laws were taught in law schools, even as an optional, but then a lot of water had flown under the bridge after Stockholm Declaration and Rio de Janeiro Bio-Diversity conventions and its Optional Protocol. This course will chronicle the developments of the Last 40 years.

This course is specially meant for students taking UGC NET (Law) Civil services and Judges Recruitment examination. This course is also important for those involved in technology and agriculture-related laws. In this Course along with 420 mins of video presented in 11 sessions of roughly 45 mins each, there are two focused PowerPoints on Stockholm Declaration and Indian developments. The instructors’ earlier blogs on Bio-Diversity and Animal Protection laws are given as supplementary reading material.

The instructor does not claim to provide all the essential information on the topic. Before taking the course, the learners are requested to browse through the essential legislation on the topic. For law students taking university exams and those preparing for competitive law examinations, this course would be ideal as a revision aid. Since the course covers a lot of current developments relating to Environment and Bio-Diversity, the learner can hope to answer many of the questions that will form part of the General Studies question paper.


What will you learn in this course:

The students will learn:

  • Functional legal skills in Environment and Bio-Diversity laws.
  • Developments in Environmental Law over the last 40 years
  • Birds eye view of the current state of Environmental and Biodiversity Laws
  • Serves as revision material


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • It is recommended to have basic knowledge of Legislation and their Workings
  • It is recommended to have basic knowledge of Environmental and Bio-Diversity laws

This course is specifically designed for: 

  • UGC NET (LAW) aspirants
  • Civil Services Aspirants
  • Judicial Services Aspirants
Indian Laws on Environment and Bio-Diversity


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

Environmental Law
3 Lectures
  • play icon Introduction 45:56 45:56
  • play icon International Environmental Law 47:01 47:01
  • play icon History of International Environmental Law 42:16 42:16
Survey of Environmental Law Cases
3 Lectures
5 Lectures

Instructor Details

Muralidharan R

Muralidharan R

I am an Advocate, Law Lecturer, Registered Patent Agent & Mediator, Trademark and Patent Attorney. I am the Principal of Manu Associates, a law firm based in Bangalore, and I regularly fulfil professional commitments in various cities. I hold degrees in both Biology and Chemistry (1976) and a Master’s Degree in International Law and Constitutional Law (1980).

During my final year of Law school, I had the honour of representing India in the Philip. C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition held in Washington D.C., USA (March 1979). Subsequently, I participated in a Program on Intellectual Property Law organized by the Washington Graduate School (USDA) in April 1988. I also attended the International Law Seminar organized by the International Law Commission at Palais De Nations, Geneva, Switzerland in 1991.

I was privileged to be one of the founding faculty members of the National Law School of India, Bangalore, where I worked as an Assistant Professor for four years. I continue to contribute as a guest faculty at NALSAR Hyderabad, IIM Bangalore, and NLSIU Bangalore. My articles have been published in both national and international journals, and I've played a significant role in enhancing awareness of Intellectual Property Rights and Cyber legal frameworks in India. I achieved this by being a Visiting Faculty in NALSAR PRO Patents, Cyber and Media Laws P.G. Diploma courses.

My involvement in legal circles includes being a Life member of the Indian Society of International Law, N. Delhi-1, and the Bangalore Advocates Association. Additionally, I am a Mediator at the Bangalore Mediation Centre, an initiative of the Karnataka High Court.

I regularly practice law in trial courts and various high courts, with some cases from the Karnataka and Madras High Courts being cited as binding precedents. I have also published research articles in reputable national and international journals, accessible through my blog: https://profmurali.blogspot.com/.

Participating as a Resource Person in Professional Improvement Programs on IP Law, Environmental Law, and International Trade Law is an important aspect of my engagement. I am actively committed to promoting IPR literacy in India, and I've organized skill development programs for law students, including moot court competitions in collaboration with Dr Ambedkar Govt Law College, Puducherry, where we've hosted the Tamil Moot Court Competitions for the past four years.

To further these initiatives, I recently commenced publishing courses on the online learning platform Udemy, aiming to enhance legal literacy among lawyers and individuals preparing for competitive examinations.

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