Call for Papers: NLIU Bhopal’s First Biodiversity Seminar, BioSanctum 2016 [Feb 6]: Submit by Dec 7

First published on 3rd November, 2015.

The Madhya Pradesh State Biodiversity Board in collaboration with the Cell for Awareness and Research in Environmental Law Studies, National Law Institute University Bhopal, is delighted to conduct their first Biodiversity Seminar, BioSanctum 2016, inviting new and innovative legal perspectives on the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 & ABS Regulations, 2014.


The focus of the seminar is the much litigated Biodiversity Act and Rules especially in light of the 2014 guidelines.

The unsettled interpretation on several legislative aspects demands a legal inquiry that would pave way for a uniform understanding and application of these provisions.

The deliberations at the Seminar will prove fruitful for all participants and delegates with eminent jurists and experts in the field of environmental law, specifically biodiversity conservation, addressing the audience.

Date of Seminar

6th February 2016


National Law Institute University Bhopal, Kerwa Dam Road, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Topics for Paper and Poster Presentation

We encourage scholars, professionals and students of both LL.B (3 yr/5 yr) and LL.M courses to present a unique perspective and legal interpretation with respect to the following themes under the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 and Biological Diversity Rules, 2004.

1. Definitions of ‘Biological diversity’, ‘Biological resources’, ‘Commercial utilization’ and ‘Value-added products’ as under Sections 2(b), (c), (f) and (p)

2. Prior intimation to the State Biodiversity Board (Section 7) and the functions and powers of the Board (Section 23 and 24)

3. Sections 2, 3, 4 of the Guidelines on Access to Biological Resources and Associated Knowledge and Benefits Sharing Regulations, 2014.

Instructions to Authors

1. Participation from scholars, professionals and students of both LL.B (3 yr/5 yr) and LL.M courses is invited for the Seminar.

2. Abstracts must be a MAXIMUM of 300-400 words.

3. Article submissions are open only to the top ten short-listed abstracts. The authors of the respective abstracts shall be notified of the same.

4. Articles must be a MINIMUM of 2500 words (inclusive of footnotes). The following format must be strictly adhered to:

Main Text

Font –Times New Roman; Font size -12; Spacing –1.5; Alignment – Justified; Margin – One inch on all sides

Footnotes: Font – Times New Roman; Font size -10; Spacing – Every Footnote shall be single spaced.

The submissions should NOT contain borders, cover pages or title pages.

References should be footnoted in any uniform format.

Co-authorship with a maximum of TWO authors is permission.

All submissions (abstracts/articles) are to be made in Microsoft Word Document Format electronically to

Author details including qualifications and institutional affiliations, details for correspondence (postal address, phone numbers and email address) etc should be provided only in the body of the Email during abstract submission, and not in the submission itself.

The top three papers in each of the three categories of submissions shall be selected for the PAPER PRESENTATION at the seminar and be awarded prizes.

The selection criteria will include: originality of the legal interpretation provided, its relevance and scope of implementation, along with the quality of presentation of the content.

The selection remains the discretion of the Editorial Board exclusively.

The top ten short-listed abstracts in each category (excluding articles selected for paper presentation) shall qualify for POSTER PRESENTATION at the seminar.

The MAXIMUM SIZE of the poster permissible is 3ft x 3ft.

The Best Poster in each category shall be awarded a prize and all others shall receive certificates of participation at the seminar.

For any further clarifications, please send an email at

Registration Fee

Fee – Rs. 250/-

There shall be spot registration for all participants and delegates. The nine papers selected for presentation (three in each of the three categories) shall have the registration fee waived.

Important dates

Submission of abstracts: 7th December, 2015.

Short-listing of abstracts: 15th December, 2015

Submission of articles: 8th January, 2016

Announcement of results: 27th January 2016

Paper presentations/ Poster Presentations: 6th February 2016


Saumya Chaudhari (NLIU, Bhopal) Phone: +91 88713 91005 , Email:

Priyam Rawat (State Biodiversity Board, Bhopal) , Phone: + 91 99076 95322 , Email: or send a mail to

For further details, click HERE.


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