School of Law

Faculty Research Seminar

Thursday, 8th June 2023

Faculty Research Seminar

The faculty research seminar is conducted by Mrs. Kajal Choudhary, Assistant Professor of the School of Law, on the topic "Crime that affects the environment and climate," in which she highlights all these points. Crime not only affects individuals and communities but also has significant consequences for the environment. Certain criminal activities directly harm ecosystems, disrupt biodiversity, and contribute to environmental degradation. Some key crimes that have a detrimental impact on the environment were discussed, including the illegal wildlife trade: The illegal trafficking of endangered species and their body parts threatens biodiversity and disrupts ecosystems. This trade undermines conservation efforts, leading to the decline of species and imbalances in natural habitats. Illegal Logging and Deforestation: Unsustainable logging practises and illegal deforestation contribute to the loss of forests, disrupting carbon sequestration, water cycles, and habitat integrity. This leads to increased greenhouse gas emissions, soil erosion, and a loss of biodiversity.

Various problems that pose a threat to the climate were discussed. That is pollution and waste crimes: criminal activities such as illegal dumping of hazardous waste, untreated sewage, and industrial pollutants contaminate soil, water bodies, and the air. This pollution harms ecosystems, endangers wildlife, and poses health risks to humans. Digital Environmental Crimes: With the rise of technology, cybercriminals engage in activities such as illegal online trade in endangered species and hacking environmental monitoring systems. These crimes impede environmental management efforts and compromise data integrity. Climate Change-related Fraud: Fraudulent practises exploit concerns about climate change, diverting funds meant for climate action to illegitimate purposes. This fraud undermines trust, diverts resources, and hinders genuine efforts to address climate change.

Addressing these crimes requires effective legislation, enforcement, and international cooperation. It is crucial to promote public awareness, strengthen law enforcement agencies, and support sustainable practises to safeguard the environment for present and future generations.

The session ended on a high note with a question-and-answer session with a conclusion and suggestions.