On 15th and 16th of February 2014, Stella James and Arpitha Kodiveri of Natural Justice facilitated a workshop organized by the Society for Environmental Awareness and Activism, a student-run organization at the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS).
The workshop was designed to be an experiential one, with the intent to help law students understand the complex social, political, economic and legal dynamics that play out in the field, and to develop the skill to use law as a tool for negotiation in such a scenario. The context chosen was that of Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar, Rajasthan, and the students were immersed in the context through narrative and role-playing as different stakeholders.
The students who participated were keen and capable, and eager to explore the field of environmental law. The feedback was that the workshop helped students understand that there is more to environmental law than is taught in law schools, and the format used was thought to be an interesting approach to teaching of environmental law. An important feedback was the need for NJ and other environmental law organizations to have a more continuous engagement with law students.