King’s College London: Partnership will bring together students from India and UK to advance climate justice

The module, Transnational Remedies for Environmental Harm with Clinical Legal Education, is a partnership with West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) and Jindal Global Law School (JGLS).

LLM Students who select this module will be taught to identify transnational legal remedies for rising sea-levels and extreme weather events such as cyclones. The module will be taught jointly by staff from the three universities, with Sue Willman, Lecturer in Law and Assistant Director of the King’s Legal Clinic, and Dr Emily Barritt, co-Director of the Transnational Law Institute, contributing from King’s.

This module aims to educate the lawyers of tomorrow to consider the legal responsibility of the global North to those who are experiencing the worst end of climate impacts.
– Sue Willman, Lecturer in Law and Assistant Director of the King’s Legal Clinic
Students from India and the UK will be studying together to facilitate cross-cultural learning. The module will incorporate clinical legal education – where students work directly with clients, supervised by legal practitioners. The announcement of this new module comes hot on the heels of the recent agreement by the UK and Indian governments to recognise each other’s higher education qualifications, and follows an existing project involving students from the three universities looking at how to support displaced communities in the Sundarbans, a low-lying area straddling the India-Bangladesh border.

Krishnendu Mukherjee, Barrister and Indian Advocate at Doughty Street Chambers and co-founder of the Sundarbans Climate Justice Project, said: “As a British-Indian lawyer, I welcome the India/UK agreement, the educational partnership and the Sundarbans Climate Justice Project. They show the real initiative that is needed to break through the old structures and thinking to tackle the environmental disaster unfolding all around us.”