The year 1985 was of prime importance in the history of South Asian nations as it led to the official and formal inception of a crucial body- South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC). The organisation derived much of its significance as a vital organ in sustaining, accelerating and optimising human and material resources concerning the South Asian nations namely, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Maldives.

South Asia which is inhabited by more than 1.3 billion population is remarkably a sub-continent exuberating its diversity on the lines of cultural traditions, geography, history, art, and literature. Hence, it would be apt to state that, it is indeed the melting pot of Asia. On the contrary, against such a rich and diverse niche, South Asian nations are well stifled by a severe issue concerning the element `Water'. Water being a priceless resource predates any archaic human civilization, its need having no boundary. The unchecked population growth, environmental hazards concerning global warming and pollution along with the physical construction, has undoubtedly led to a saturated pressure of demand over the limited natural resources, time and again.

The existence of SAARC nations, predominantly and precisely, as an organisation was to ensure and entail the appropriate regional and international relations amongst its fellow members guaranteeing the prosperity and welfare for its nation's concerned citizens. However, unfortunately, little has been done to tackle the issue concerning the water conflict and its management in these SAARC related nation States. On the other hand, the enmity amid the neighbouring nations, over the limited resources, has been ever increasing. Moreover, countries dependent on agricultural produce are to be severely hit by such water feud and related political dominion.

Water as a vital resource has a finite use but its demand has invariably been infinite in nature. Hence, water conflict becomes inevitable as long as South Asian nations are concerned as it has one of the biggest and crucial river resources such as Indus, Ganga, Brahmaputra, Meghna, Kosi and Mahakali to name a few. Water contestation is not entirely limited with a country's maximum access to fresh water supply but it has been chiefly concerned with nation's sovereignty, socio-economic and political viability, cultural and historical relevance and as well national and territorial identity.

SPEAKERS

HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE JYOTIRMAY BHATTACHARYA, HON’BLE THE ACTING CHIEF JUSTICE, CALCUTTA HIGH COURT

HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE PRIYASATA DEP, HON’BLE THE CHIEF JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT OF SRI LANKA

HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE K.M. KAMRUL KADER, JUDGE, HIGH COURT DIV, SUPREME COURT OF BANGLADESH

HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE SINGYE WANGDI, JUDGE, HIGH COURT OF BHUTAN

HON'BLE DR. JUSTICE MANJULLA CHELLUR, FORMER CHIEF JUSTICE, BOMBAY HIGH COURT

HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE ARIJIT BANERJEE, JUDGE, CALCUTTA HIGH COURT

SHRI JOYJIT CHOUDHURY, HON’BLE CHAIRMAN, INDIAN INSTITUTE OF LEGAL STUDIES

PROF. (Dr.) R. VENKATA RAO, VICE-CHANCELLLOR, NLSIU, BANGALORE

HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE ARIJIT BANERJEE, JUDGE, CALCUTTA HIGH COURT

Dr. T.K. CHATTERJEE, DIRECTOR, INDIAN INSTITUTE OF LEGAL STUDIES

PROF. N.L. MITRA, FORMER VICE-CHANCELLOR, NLSIU, BANGALORE & FOUNDER VICE-CHANCELLOR, NLU, JODHPUR

BARRISTER M. ABUL FAZAL CHOWDHURY, SENIOR LECTURER, DPT. OF LAW AND JUSTICE, METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY, SYLHET, BANGLADESH

DR. ISHITA CHATTERJEE, PRINCIPAL, IILS

SHRI NIR BAHADUR PAKHREEN, LD. ADVOCATE, KATHMANDU, NEPAL

PROF. (Dr.) MANOJ KUMAR SINHA, DIRECTOR, ILI, NEW DELHI

MRS. SHRUTI DASGUPTA, ASST. PROF IN LAW, INDIAN INSTITUTE OF LEGAL STUDIES

SHRI KABIR BIN ANWAR, HON’BLE SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF WATER RESOUCES, BANGLADESH

PROF. (DR.) JETA SANKRITAYAN, DEPT. OF ECONOMICS, NBU

PROF. (Dr.) JAYADEV PATI, DEAN, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF LAW, ORISSA

DR. YUBRAJ DILIP PATIL, DEAN & ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, AJEENKYA DY PATIL UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF LAW, PUNE

DR. PRITI RANA, ASST. PROF. IN LAW, DELHI UNIVERSITY

SHRI SOURADEEP RAKSHIT, ASST. PROF. IN LAW, INDIAN INSTITUTE OF LEGAL STUDIES

SHRI H.E. EAKNARAYAN ARYAL, HON’BLE CONSUL GENERAL, NEPAL

AGENDA


28th April, 2018

INAUGURAL CEREMONY

3.25 PM ARRIVAL OF GUESTS ON THE DIAS

3.27 PM FELICITATION CEREMONY

3.30 PMINAUGURAL SONG BY THE STUDENTS OF IILS

3.33 PMLIGHTING OF THE HOLY LAMP BY THE CHIEF GUEST FOLLOWED BY THE OTHER DIGNITARIES WITH ENCHANTMENT OF SANSKRIT SHLOKAS

3.36 PMWELCOME ADDRESS BY SHRI JOYJIT CHOUDHURY, HON’BLE CHAIRMAN, INDIAN INSTITUTE OF LEGAL STUDIES

3.50 PMKEYNOTE ADDRESS BY PROF. (Dr.) R. VENKATA RAO, VICE-CHANCELLLOR, NLSIU, BANGALORE

4.10 PM ADDRESS BY HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE ARIJIT BANERJEE, JUDGE, CALCUTTA HIGH COURT

4.20 PM ADDRESS BY HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE SINGYE WANGDI, JUDGE, HIGH COURT OF BHUTAN - SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR

4.30PM ADDRESS BY HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE K.M. KAMRUL KADER, JUDGE, HIGH COURT DIV, SUPREME COURT OF BANGLADESH- SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR

4.40 PM ADDRESS BY HON'BLE DR. JUSTICE MANJULLA CHELLUR, FORMER CHIEF JUSTICE, BOMBAY HIGH COURT- SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR

5.00 PM PRESENTATION OF MEMENTOES TO THE DIGNITARIES AND UNVEILING OF IILS LAW JOURNAL (ISSN NO. 2320-5318) BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SESSION

5.10 PM PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS BY HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE PRIYASATA DEP, HON’BLE THE CHIEF JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT OF SRI LANKA

5.30 PM ADDRESS BY THE CHIEF GUEST HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE JYOTIRMAY BHATTACHARYA, HON’BLE THE ACTING CHIEF JUSTICE, CALCUTTA HIGH COURT

5.50 PM VOTE OF THANKS BY Dr. T.K. CHATTERJEE, DIRECTOR, INDIAN INSTITUTE OF LEGAL STUDIES

6.00 PM NATIONAL ANTHEM TO BE PLAYED BY SASHASTRA SEEMA BAL, FRONTIER HQ, SILIGURI

TEA BREAK

TECHNICAL SESSION I

THEME: Governance of trans-boundary water disputes in South Asia

CHAIRPERSON: HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE ARIJIT BANNERJEE, JUDGE, CALCUTTA HIGH COURT

JOINTLY CHAIRED BY:SHRI H.E. EAKNARAYAN ARYAL, HON’BLE CONSUL GENERAL, NEPAL

JOINTLY CHAIRED BY:SHRI KABIR BIN ANWAR, HON’BLE SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF WATER RESOUCES, BANGLADESH

SPEAKER 1. HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE SINGYE WANGDI, JUDGE, HIGH COURT OF BHUTAN

SPEAKER 2. PROF. (Dr.) R. VENKATA RAO, VICE-CHANCELLLOR, NLSIU, BANGALORE

SPEAKER 3. PROF. N.L. MITRA, FORMER VICE-CHANCELLOR, NLSIU, BANGALORE & FOUNDER VICE-CHANCELLOR, NLU, JODHPUR

SPEAKER 4. BARRISTER M. ABUL FAZAL CHOWDHURY, SENIOR LECTURER, DPT. OF LAW AND JUSTICE, METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY, SYLHET, BANGLADESH

SPEAKER 5. DR. ISHITA CHATTERJEE, PRINCIPAL, IILS

DINNER AND SPECIAL MUSICAL PERFORMANCE BY THE STUDENTS OF IILS

AGENDA


29th April, 2018

TECHNICAL SESSION II

THEME: Hydropower generation in South Asian River System and its effects

CHAIRPERSON: HON'BLE DR. JUSTICE MANJULLA CHELLUR, FORMER CHIEF JUSTICE, BOMBAY HIGH COURT

JOINTLY CHAIRED BY:PROF. (Dr.) R. VENKATA RAO, VICE-CHANCELLLOR, NLSIU, BANGALORE

SPEAKER 1. HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE K.M. KAMRUL KADER, JUDGE, HIGH COURT DIV, SUPREME COURT OF BANGLADESH

SPEAKER 2. SHRI NIR BAHADUR PAKHREEN, LD. ADVOCATE, KATHMANDU, NEPAL

SPEAKER 3. PROF. (Dr.) MANOJ KUMAR SINHA, DIRECTOR, ILI, NEW DELHI

SPEAKER 4. PROF. (Dr.) JAYADEV PATI, DEAN, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF LAW, ORISSA

SPEAKER 5. MRS. SHRUTI DASGUPTA, ASST. PROF IN LAW, INDIAN INSTITUTE OF LEGAL STUDIES

TECHNICAL SESSION III

THEME: River diversion and ethnic contestation

CHAIRPERSON: PROF. N.L. MITRA, FORMER VICE-CHANCELLOR, NLSIU, BANGALORE & FOUNDER VICE-CHANCELLOR, NLU, JODHPUR

JOINTLY CHAIRED BY:PROF. (Dr.) MANOJ KUMAR SINHA, DIRECTOR, ILI, NEW DELHI

SPEAKER 1. SHRI KABIR BIN ANWAR, HON’BLE SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF WATER RESOUCES, BANGLADESH

SPEAKER 2. PROF. (DR.) JETA SANKRITAYAN, DEPT. OF ECONOMICS, NBU

SPEAKER 3. DR. YUBRAJ DILIP PATIL, DEAN & ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, AJEENKYA DY PATIL UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF LAW, PUNE

SPEAKER 4. DR. PRITI RANA, ASST. PROF. IN LAW, DELHI UNIVERSITY

SPEAKER 5. SHRI SOURADEEP RAKSHIT, ASST. PROF. IN LAW, INDIAN INSTITUTE OF LEGAL STUDIES

LUNCH

RAPPORTEUR'S REPORT

FELICITATION CEREMONY

VALEDICTORY SESSION

4.00 PMARRIVAL OF THE DIGNITARIES ON THE DIAS

4.05 PMFELICITATION CEREMONY

4.15 PMADDRESS BY HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE SINGYE WANGDI, JUDGE, HIGH COURT OF BHUTAN

4.30 PMADDRESS BY SHRI KABIR BIN ANWAR, HON’BLE SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF WATER RESOUCES, BANGLADESH

4.45 PMADDRESS BY Dr. SUBIRES BHATTACHARYYA, HON’BLE VICE-CHANCELLOR, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH BENGAL

5.00 PMADDRESS BY SHRI H.E. EAKNARAYAN ARYAL, HON’BLE CONSUL GENERAL, NEPAL

5.15 PMADDRESS BY HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE K.M. KAMRUL KADER, JUDGE, HIGH COURT DIV, SUPREME COURT, BANGLADESH

5.30 PMADDRESS BY HON'BLE DR. JUSTICE MANJULLA CHELLUR, FORMER CHIEF JUSTICE, BOMBAY HIGH COURT

5.45 PMFEEDBACK FROM THE PARTICIPANTS

6.00 PMADDRESS BY THE CHIEF GUEST OF THE SESSION HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE PRIYASATA DEP, HON’BLE THE CHIEF JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT OF SRILANKA

6.20 PMANALYSIS OF THE CONCLAVE AND VOTE OF THANKS BY SHRI JOYJIT CHOUDHURY, HON’BLE CHAIRMAN, INDIAN INSTITUTE OF LEGAL STUDIES

6.30 PMNATIONAL ANTHEM TO BE PLAYED BY SASHASTRA SEEMA BAL, FRONTIER HQ SILIGURI

CULTURAL PROGRAM BY THE STUDENTS OF INDIAN INSTITUTE OF LEGAL STUDIES

DINNER

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