Extension Lecture Series - Page 19

Event: Extension Lecture Series
Date: March 27, 2015
Speaker: Dr. Gita Gill, Reader in Law, Northumbria Law School, Northumbria University, UK
Topic: Environmental Justice in India with Special Emphasis on National Green Tribunal

Dr. Gill has been an academic since 1993 employed at India’s leading university, Faculty of Law, Delhi University, where she experienced a distinguished academic career finishing her tenure as a Reader in June 2011. Prior to joining Northumbria University, Dr. Gill was a Visiting Fellow at BRASS [Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society] Cardiff University, March 2010 to April 2011 working on environmental and sustainability issues and was involved in teaching at School of Law, Queen Mary University, London [Environmental law]; Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University [Public Law]; City and Regional Planning [Sustainability, Planning & Environmental Policy], Cardiff University [Environmental law] Earth Sciences [B.Sc., M.Sc.], Cardiff University [Environmental law]. In August 2011 Dr. Gill joined the School of Law, Northumbria University as a Senior Lecturer.

Dr. Gill has been recently awarded a British Academy / Leverhulme Small Research Grants to examine the case work of the recently established Indian National Green Tribunal [NGT]. The project focuses on NGT as one element of a reformist approach to environmental governance and explores its working and effectiveness.

Dr. Gill was the sole Indian to be awarded the 2006 Fellowship on International and Comparative Environmental Law, Budapest, Hungary by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research [UNITAR]. It led to her appointment as an Associate Fellow with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research [UNITAR]. In addition, she was awarded the 2003 Fellowship on Law Teaching and Research in Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University, UK, sponsored by Cardiff Law School, Welsh Development Agency and British Council, New Delhi.

Dr. Gill is a member of leading international and national professional societies: Socio-Legal Studies Association; United Kingdom Environmental Law Association; Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment. In 2013, she was elected as an Executive Member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association for a period of three years.

Event: Extension Lecture Series
Date: March 04, 2015
Speaker: Prof. Richard Lewis, Professor, Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University, Wales-UK
Topic: The most famous case in the world

In 2014 Oxford University awarded Richard Lewis a Doctorate of Civil Law, one of the two most senior degrees it can confer. The DCL is customarily conferred on visiting Heads of State and senior academics for "exceptionally insightful and distinctive publications that contain significant and original contributions to the study of law or politics in general." Prior to this in 2007 Richard was the first person to receive from Cardiff University its senior degree of Doctor of Laws, the LLD.

Richard was educated at West Mon School, Pontypool, and Lincoln College, Oxford. After obtaining a first class degree from Oxford University and completing the Law Society examinations, he joined the solicitors firm of Norton Rose in the City of London. However, he interrupted his employment to take up a position on the Faculty at Northwestern Law School at the university in Chicago. He never returned to practice. In 1974 he joined the University in Cardiff and, apart from further periods of time spent in North America, he has remained there ever since. He has seen the Law School grow to one of the largest and most important in the country.

Richard has published extensively in the areas of accident compensation, and public and private insurance. He is the author of the award-winning book, Structured Settlements: The Law And Practice. This deals with the payment of damages by means of a pension instead of the traditional lump sum. Previously he wrote a BOOK DEALING with Compensation For Industrial Injury. His book Deducting Benefits From Damages For Personal Injury, published by the Oxford University Press, and examined the relationships between different compensation schemes. He has also written various social security law publications, and is an editor of the Journal of Law and Society. He has contributed many articles to the leading academic law journals and is the author of more than 130 publications. He is a well-known speaker at conferences, particularly those dealing with compensation for personal injury.

Richard was the Course Director for the Law of Tort for over thirty years but has recently relinquished that role because of his present international duties. As Director of International Recruitment, he is often required to represent the Law School abroad.

Richard is the principal UK investigator in a European funded project which examines empirically how the personal injury system in practice differs from that described in the books on tort. Richard's most recent work includes analyses of 'compensation culture.'