Webinar on Reforming Mining Law in Tune with the SDGs – 2030| NUALS Seminar

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The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) was established by Act 27 of 2005 0f the Kerala State Legislature. By the same Act, the National Institute Of Advanced Legal Studies ( NIALS) established by the Bar Council of Kerala Trust ib 2002 merged with the NUALS. In 2008,an amendment streamlined the powers and functions of the authorities of the University and ensured the active involvement of the Government of Kerala. The University is recognized by the University Grants Commisiion under section 2(f) and section 12B of the UGC Act. It is also a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

About Event

India is  one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia. This growth is thrust by the industrial and the manufacturing sector. The raw materials required for the working of these sectors are provided by the mining industry. Therefore, mining has a huge role to play in the economic development of our country. Moreover, the recent overhauling reforms in the mining sector are intended to boost mineral production and exploration by further increasing the participation of the private sector.

The history of regulations on the Mining Industry in India can be traced back to the colonial era. Mining Industry as well as Mining Laws in India lack a global outlook in many respects.  Although the mining sector has a huge role to play in the economic development of the country, it has a hugely detrimental impact on the environment. The key environmental impact of mining is on wildlife and marine life, the local climate, patterns of rainfall, depletion of forest and disruption of ecology. Further, the communities, often socially and economically weaker sections of the population, residing near the mines are displaced and often not rehabilitated as promised by the authorities.

Considering this conflict between the need for development and its detrimental impacts on the environment and the communities, in 2015, all the members of the United Nations adopted ‘The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. India, being a member of the United Nations, is expected to achieve these goals and help other countries to achieve the same through global partnerships.

Considering the need for the development of the mining industry and its detrimental impacts on the environment and the communities, there is an imminent need to reform the mining industry as well as Mining Laws in our Country in tune with the SDGs to ensure sustainable development of mining in India.

  1. Environmental Aspects:
  • Mining Laws and Environment Protection
  • Mining and climate change – local and global issues.
  • Sustainable Development and Mining Industry.
  • Access to clean energy and International cooperation.
  • Regulatory framework to ensure sustainable mining practices.
  • Climate change and national policies, strategies and planning.
  • Environment Impact Assessment Practices in the Mining Industry.
  1. Human Rights Aspects:
  • Mining and Displacement of local & ethnic communities – social, political and/or economical perspective.
  • Displacement of women, children, elderly, differently abled.
  • Public health and mining practices.
  • Access to justice to all victims of mining – strengthening of institutions.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Mining Industry in India.
  • Social auditing & social accountability of Mining Industries.
  • Mining and  human rights violations in India.
  • Prevention of illegal Mining.
  • Regulation of Mining and protection of Human rights- Role Local Self Bodies in India.
  1. Labour Aspects:
  • Mining and Safety of working conditions.
  • Minimum wages in the Mining Industry in India.
  • Mining Industry and Pandemic – Labour aspects.
  • Mining and protection of labour rights.
  • Trade unions and  mining industry in India.
  • Gender equality among mining workers.
  1. Commercial Aspects:
  • Need for public – private partnership to ensure sustainable mining practices.
  • Marketing and distribution of mining products.
  • Incentives for sustainable mining practices.
  • Internal mechanisms for ensuring compliance of mining laws.
  • Promoting responsible production and consumption of mining products.
  • FDI in the Mining sector in India.
  1. Implementation of Mining Policies in India in tune with the SDGs:
  • Role of Judiciary.
  • Role of NGOs/Civil Society.
  • Role of Media.
Submission Guidelines

● Submissions are to be made in electronic form only and are to be sent to the registration link provided in this website.
● The paper should be in English, not exceeding 3000-5000 words (excluding footnotes).
● The paper should be accompanied by an abstract not exceeding 350 words. Please limit keywords to 4. This shall not count towards the word limit.
● Co-authorship is permitted to a maximum of two authors.
● The cover page should include Name, Address, E-mail ID, Contact number and the name of the College/University/Firm along with the address of the author/s. In case of co- authorship, the cover page should include details of both the authors. A brief profile of the author/s not exceeding 250 words should be attached with the abstract.
● Kindly avoid the general and common information about the sub theme of your paper as far as possible as doing so may result in duplication of information in the chapters coming under a single sub-theme.
● No part of the submission should have been published earlier nor should it be under consideration for publication or a contest elsewhere.
● All contributions must represent original ideas and interpretations coupled with critical evaluation and assessment.
● Any form of plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification.
● For any queries please contact [email protected].

Formatting Guidelines

● The submission must follow the Bluebook system of citation 20th edition.
● The submission is to be made in Times New Roman, Font Size: For Title – 16; For Headings – 14; Main Text – 12, Line spacing: 1.5, Footnote size: 10, Line Spacing 1.0 for footnotes.
● Alignment shall be Justified. One inch margin to be maintained on all sides.
● Submissions may be made in .doc/.docx/.odt formats only.
● Use of headings and subheadings must be in a consistent format.

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