Extension Lecture Series - Archive

Event: Extension Lecture Series
Date: December 27, 2014
Speaker: Adv. Anjana Gosain, Advocate, the Supreme Court of India & Senior Counsel, the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India
Topic: Inspiring People to Care for Wildlife - Naturally

Ms. Anjana Gosain is an Attorney by profession and practicing in the Supreme Court of India since 1978.

Ms. Anjana Gosain graduated in Political Science (Hons.) from Jesus & Mary College, and completed LL.B. from Delhi University. In addition, she has done one-year course in Company Law and also holds a Diploma in Travel & Tourism Management.

Ms. Anjana’s areas of interest are: Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, Criminal Procedure Code, 1908, Indian Evidence Act, Bio-Diversity Act, 
Environmental laws including Mines & Minerals Regulation & Development Act; Man and Animal Conflict and Forensic Science.

Ms. Anjana joined Tiger Trust founded by late Sh. Kailash Sankhala, the first Director, Project Tiger, which took the initiative of granting protected habitat to the wildlife in India as a Honorary Secretary.

Ms. Anjana specialize in public interest litigation involving the issues of environment and conservation and challenged the census methodology of tigers in India and also the figures of tigers issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India in 1992. As a result, the entire census methodology was made transparent and NGOs and other independent experts were also involved as a policy approved by the Govt. of India. Ms. Anjana is actively involved in the capacity building programmes on wildlife crime training programmes in all the major national parks wherein a dedicated team of volunteers comprising of senior lawyers, prosecutors, sitting Session judges and retired High Court judges work as resource persons from time to time. Ms. Anjana is senior counsel for Ministry of Environment and Forest regularly defending the Ministry on the issues of pollution, mining etc.

Ms. Anjana is an avid writer and her publications include: Legal Guide for Successful Prosecution of Wildlife Crimes, 2009 (Bilingual); 
Compilation of judgments under Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 (Bilingual)
& Proposed amendment in Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 submitted with the Ministry of Environment.

Ms. Anjana has successfully completed various projects including – Project ‘Hunting the Hunters phase-1’ sponsored by Tiger Foundation, Canada for a period of 3 years in Bandhavgarh National Park (which included awareness programmes for villagers, educational tours for students, medical camps for forest staff and regular enforcement training programmes on wildlife for the forest staff by Tiger Truest also litigation involving the case of Sita Tigress which led to conviction for the poachers for 3 years); Project ‘Save the Tiger’ (1999-2001) funded by CIDA and WCWC from Canada concentrating on the educational programmes for school children in Rajasthan and Delhi; capacity building programmes and wildlife training programmes since 2001 in Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Assam, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.

Ms. Anjana’s present projects include Project ‘Hunting the Hunter phase-II’ in Assam and Rajasthan sponsored by US Wildlife and Fish Service since 2009 in which we are undertaking capacity building programmes on wildlife crimes for the forest staff; Joint Programme with Clemson University, South Carolina called Save the Forest, Save the Tiger with their Premier Club “Tiger for Tigers” (which includes invitation to students to visit important tiger reserves and learn about management and spread the message and work with villagers in the peripheral are of the tiger reserves)

Ms. Anjana is recipient of several accolades including Environment Award by Ecotel Hotel, Uppal Orchid (2006), Award by the Govt. of Punjab for contribution in the field of Ecotourism (October 2008). The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India appoints her as a permanent observer in the Standing Committee in Ranthambhor National Park in 1995; an associate member by the Tiger Task Force appointed by the Prime Minister Sh. Manmohan Singh in the year 2004 for making suggestions in the amendments of legal enactments for speedy disposal of wildlife crimes.

Ms. Anjana’s Motto in life is to raise the issue of protecting this majestic animal by strengthening the hands of the protectors by providing the support for reducing the menace of poaching and granting them better facilities to prosecute the offenders of wildlife crimes which is an acknowledged fact even by the Government of India. It is a biggest challenge to stop the poaching of this majestic animal – Tiger and also to educate the masses all over the world, the need to join the cause of this mere extinct animal all over the world.

Event: Extension Lecture Series
Date: December 26, 2014
Speaker: Adv. Geeta Luthra, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
Topic: Criminal Justice System in India

Adv. Geeta Luthra is Senior Advocate, the Supreme Court of India.

Adv. Geeta Luthra’s educational qualifications include M. Phil. (International Relations), Cambridge, U.K., (1982 - INLAKS SCHOLAR); LL.M., Clare College, Cambridge, U.K. (1981 - INLAKS SCHOLAR); LL.B. – Campus Law Centre, Univeristy of Delhi (1980) and B.A. (International Relations) – Lady Sri Ram College, University of Delhi (1977).

Her areas of interests include: Human Rights, Matrimonial Law, Family Law, Hindu Law, Guardianship Law, Custody Rights, Law relating to grant of Maintenance, Alimony and Matrimonial Assets, Law relating to Protection of Women from Domestic Violence, Commercial Disputes, International and Commercial Arbitration, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Intellectual Property Matters, Copyright, Patent, Environmental Law, Service Law, Banking Law, Property Disputes, Public Interest Litigation and Private International Law.

Adv. Geeta Luthra has rich and vast experience in the field of law. She has been practicing, since 1982, in the Supreme Court of India, High Courts of Delhi and various states. She has been assigned several important assignments including Special Senior Counsel in Supreme Court of India for Union of India (2009-2014). Standing Counsel (Sr.) for Municipal Corporation of Delhi (South) in Supreme Court of India, Standing Counsel for the Union of India (1998-2005), Senior Standing Counsel for the Land & Building Department of Govt. of NCT of Delhi (2001-2005), Counsel for P.W.D. and several Government Corporations including APMC, ESIC and CSIR, Counsel for Government of NCT of Delhi (1992-2009).

Adv. Geeta Luthra’s other accomplishments include - Vice President, Governing Body, Indian Council of Arbitration, Trustee of “Manushi”, a Society, Publishing Monthly Magazine relating to women and Children, Member Supreme Court Bar Association, Member of Association of British Scholars, Indian Trustee of INLAKS Foundation, India, which is a Scholarship Fund for Indian Scholars abroad, Member, Selection Board, Rhodes Foundation and the Felix Foundation, Member of Oxford Cambridge Society, Erstwhile/former President Lady Sri Ram College Alumni Association, Erstwhile member of the governing body of Gargee College, Delhi University, Delhi, Erstwhile member of the Governing Body of Bhaskar Acharya College of Sciences, University of Delhi, Member of Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs, Member of Indian Society of International Law.

Adv. Geeta Luthra’s being an avid speaker has been invited to address at various national and international forums. The list includes - the 27th LAWASIA 2014 Conference at Bangkok, Lecture on Gender Justice at George Washington University (October 2013), Given expert written opinions in matters relating to “Family Law in India” before Courts of Oman, United Kingdom, and Singapore, Lecture on Terrorism in conference in CROWNE Plaza, London (2009), the Women’s Forum at Deauville, France, the World Bank, the Delhi Judicial Academy, Jamia Millia University, New Delhi Delivered Lectures at National Institute of Financial Management, Faridabad, Delhi Legal Services Authority, Delhi High Court and many more.