Call For Papers:  International Seminar on Water Laws and Resource Management: Challenges and Way Ahead @ School of Law UPES


Water Laws and Resource Management:

Challenges and the Way Ahead

Organized by UPES School of Law

November 3 rd -4 th, 2017

About UPES

University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) was established in the year 2003 by an Act of the Uttarakhand Legislature. With an ambitious vision and unique approach, UPES emerged as an innovative institution offering industry-focused specialized graduate, post graduate and doctoral programs. The university has progressive vision of creating specialized professionals in the core sectors that can contribute in the economic growth of the country. The university’s objective is to develop domain specific and competent technocrats, professionals and managers who are ready tojoin the core industries.

About UPES School of Law

UPES School of law Studies has been a pioneer in grooming modern day legal professionals with a multidisciplinary edge since its inception in 2007. With integrated B.A. LL.B., B.B.A. LL.B. , B.Com LL.B. andB. Tech. LL.B. programs.


The seminar is going to be held in UPES School of Law at Knowledge Acres (Kandoli) in the city Of Dehradun. Kandoli is located in Sahaspur Tehsil in Dehradun District ofUttarakhand State, India. 

In this seminar, academicians, professionals, practitioners, scholars, students, academic bodies, government bodies, civil society organizations from both legal and technical sides etc. are likely to participate.

Concept Note “‘Water is the basis ofeverything (Thales, 640 BC)

Survival, fitness and growth are all dependent on certain essential factors out of which water is among the most important. Water engenders life on the planet and this includes not only human life but also animal and even plant life. The idea ofdevelopment has been based on the ability to exploit the natural resources and the assertions in the name of development exploited and degraded the natural resources. This is now undeniable that for sustained survival of life on the planet, we need to conserve water. Ilowever, water is apparently a renewable resource but its fitness for human consumption is an issue. With industrial growth, we started using the water bodies for the industrial purposes. After completion of the industrial process, the waste was also drained out to the same natural water bodies and this continued for decades. As a result of this the natural water bodies have degraded in terms of their suitability for human consumption. Those of the most advanced nations are also bound to let their industrial waste into the rivers and the surface water is increasingly getting unfit for human consumption. The urban development and town planning mechanisms have also been faulty on this point. Not only the waste water disposal but also the extraction of water from the underground water resource has been so exploitative that the under-ground water levels have gone down significantly. Even there are urban housing societies wherein underground water disposal wells have been constructed; so polluting the water underneath the ground also.

From the policy perspective, there have been efforts to improve upon the situation. Since the Stockholm Conference of 1972, there has been substantial policy development to control the fast depletion of water as an essential resource. These have included efforts for prevention, control and abatement of pollution. Be it the prohibition of letting the waste into rivers and water bodies or the mandate to commission the effluent treatment plants; these efforts have all been aimed at improving upon the state ofwater availability for human use.

Conservation ofwater as a natural resource can not be done in isolationat different levels. There needs to be a consolidated effort to achieve this. The different reasons for depletion ofwater resources have to be targeted from all sides. For example, waste disposal into rivers, uncontrolled exploitation of underground water, imbalances in the water cycle, acid rains, water scarcity caused by deforestation, proper treatment ofwater before releasing it into waterbodies etc need to be addressed simultaneously. Over and above this, we also need to look for the Causes and solutions of sea water contamination and related concerns ofprotecting the flora and fauna orthe sea. More than this, international issues in water availability and its quality are also worth focus. Transboundary river flow, inter-linking of rivers both and national and international levels and the proper installation of multi-purpose projects are all connected to the agenda.

Solution has to be found at all levels including prevention of water pollution, wise consumption and restoration ofthe natural water cycle. This is a highly ambitious goal and desires creation ofknowledge at technological, social, cultural and policy levels. The present International Seminar aims at creating a forum whereupon the researchers ofthe different disciplines gather to share their research and knowledge aimed at the same purpose ie. Water conservation and water resource management. This may pave way for the proper policy development and implementation. Towards this, the seminar calls for papers covering research around the following themes and sub-themes:

 . Water Pollution Abatement and Control

  Water laws and policy to define, control and redress the instances ofwater pollution   Law and policy related to use ofwater resources

  Water pollution control and abatement as a component ofSustainable development

2. Water Conservation and management

  Water conservation policy, schemes, strategy and practices

  Traditional, cultural and religious practices and values in the conservation and proper utilization ofwater resources

  Water as an essential for life and its sustainability

3. Water Conservation and Disaster Mitigation:

  Water resources, natural calamities and disaster management planning including interlinking ofrivers

  Regeneration ofRivers and Conservation ofWater Resources

  Multi-purpose Projects: Pros and Cons

4. Water Resource management vis a vis Waste Management

  Sharing ofwater resources: national and international concerns

  Conservation ofthe Ganges and Relevant Developments

  Water Heritage Management

5. International Issues in Water Resource Management

  International issues in water resources management: laws and challenges

  Law ofthe sea and international concerns with the sea resources including rights ofthe landlocked countries.

  International issues in Water Management and Disposal ofwaste

NOTE: The above-mentioned themes are not exhaustive and absolute. Quality researches in any other area concerning national and international water laws and issues regarding water resources management, planning and sharing are also acceptable.

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions are to be made only in electronic form. The same may be e-mailed to (in MS Word format) along with a covering letter addressed to Organizing Committee.

Abstract: A brief summary of paper not exceeding 300 words including objective, methodology, finding, implication, limitations and key words must be submitted. The abstract must be developed on A4-sheet in Word Document Format typed in Times New Roman in 1 2 font size with I. 5 line spacing. The abstract should contain personal details of the author(s) in the order mentioned below. Title of the paper, name, designation, Institute/ University/ College/Organization, contact number, e-mail and address(es), of the author. Kindly indicate the name of the corresponding author in case of two or more authors. All abstracts will be peer reviewed and evaluated on the basis o! o lity, research rigor, relevance to the conference, and contribution to the theolyand practice:

Full Paper:.Thefullpapér Inu>t be typed CPA. gheetiifMS Word Document, Times New Roman, 12 font  size with I .5 line spacing. Ideally, the length ofthe farer should not exceed 5000 words excluding tables and references. Cover page Idindicate the title of the-paper’Ynd an abstract, and contain

work. All

Rules for the Participation

  No abstract or full paper shall be accepted after the last date ofsubmission respectively.

  Participants/Paper Presenters have to register after the acceptance of abstract with payment of required fees to be deposited in the bank account.

  For participation, registration is mandatory on confirmation of the participation. Only registered participants will be allowed to take part in International Seminar.

  All the registered participants will be provided a participation certificate, conference kit, lunch and tea.

  Limited free accommodation during the conference is available on first come basis. Please indicate your need for such services in Registration Form. Otherwise the participants have to make their own arrangement for Accommodation. No TADA will be provided to participants. No accommodation will be provided to accompanying person who is panicipating or presenting paper in seminar.

Important Dates:

Submission of abstract: 181b October 2017

Communication regarding acceptance: 20ti October 2017 Submission of full paper: 31′( October 2017

Payment details:

Indian Delegates

Academicians & Professionals- INR 3000

Students & Research Scholars-INR 1500 Foreign Delegates- USD 50

Details for depositing fee are as follows:

Beneficiary Name   UPES

Account Number   95957777777772

IFSC number   YESB0000115

Bank name   YES BANK Rajpur Road Dehradun

Organizing Team:

Mr. Utpal Ghosh (CEO and President) (Patron)

Dr. S. J. Chopra (Chancellor) (Patron)

Dr. Deependra Kumar Jha (Vice—Chancellor) (Patron)

Dr. Tabrez Ahmad (Chairman)

Dr. Ashish Verma (Convener)

Dr. Shikha Dimri (Member)

Dr. Vinita Singh (Member)

Dr. Priyanka Sharma Khanduja (Member)

Dr. Anita Kumari (Member)

Dr. Payel Das (Member)

Mr. Sampath Kumar (Member)

Ms. Pooja Gautam (Member)

Mr. Amit Singh (Member)

Ms. Sushmita Haldar (Member)

Mr. Sambabu K.C. (Member) Ms. Debarati Pal (Member) CONTACT US:

Dr. Ashish Verma – 08979493822

Student Coordinators:

Arshpreet Kaur Bedi – 08859256037

Abhinav Mishra – 08979073924

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