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Prof Gita Gill


Department: Northumbria Law School

Professor Gitanjali Nain Gill has been an academic since 1993 formerly employed at India’s leading university, Faculty of Law, Delhi University, where she experienced a distinguished academic career finishing her tenure as a Reader in 2011. Prior to joining Northumbria University, Professor Gill was a Visiting Fellow at BRASS [Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society] Cardiff University, working on environmental and sustainability issues. She taught at the School of Law, Queen Mary University, London [Environmental law]; Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University [Public Law]; City and Regional Planning [Sustainability, Planning & Environmental Policy], Cardiff University [Environmental law] Earth Sciences [B.Sc, M.Sc], Cardiff University [Environmental law]. In August 2011 Professor Gill joined the School of Law, Northumbria University as a Senior Lecturer.

Professor Gill received a British Academy / Leverhulme Small Research Grant in 2014-15 to examine the casework and environmental jurisprudence of the National Green Tribunal of India [NGT]. The project focused on the National Green Tribunal as one element of a reformist approach to environmental government and explored its working and effectiveness. In January 2017, her research findings and conclusions were published in her book Environmental Justice in India: The National Green Tribunal (Routledge, Earthscan). The book is being translated into Chinese by Routledge China, Wuhan University and Social Science Press China (in press 2018).Her research agenda continues to focus on India and will include comparative work within China.

She is widely published on Indian environmental law and has articles in the Environmental Law Journal, Environmental Law Review, Transnational Environmental Law, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, Public Law and chapters in several books. She acted as an expert contributor and reviewer on India, Malaysia, Pakistan and Bangladesh for the 2016 United Nations Environment Programme book titled’ Environmental Courts and Tribunals: A Guide for Policy-Makers’.

In the summer of 2018, Professor Gill will be a Visiting Professor at the Vermont Law School (the USA premier environmental law centre).

Professor Gill was the sole Indian awarded the 2006 Fellowship on International and Comparative Environmental Law, Budapest, Hungary by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research [UNITAR]. It led to her appointment as an Associate Fellow with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research [UNITAR]. In addition, she was awarded the 2003 Fellowship on Law Teaching and Research in Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University, UK, sponsored by Cardiff Law School, Welsh Development Agency and British Council, New Delhi.

Professor Gill is a member of leading international and national professional societies: Member, IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law; Socio-Legal Studies Association; United Kingdom Environmental Law Association; Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment. 


Law PhD September 01 1999

Key Publications

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  • Just Sustainabilities and Sustainable Development Goals in the time of Covid-19*, Gill, G. 25 Sep 2020, In: Law, Environment and Development Journal
  • Environmental Standards and the Right to Life in India: Regulatory Frameworks and Judicial Enterprise, Gill, G. 23 May 2019, Environmental rights, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
  • Precautionary Principle, its Interpretation and Application by the Indian Judiciary: ‘When I use a word it means just what I choose it to mean-neither more nor less’ Humpty Dumpty, Gill, G. Dec 2019, In: Environmental Law Review
  • The National Green Tribunal, Gill, G. 26 Mar 2019, In: Environmental Policy and Law
  • Access to Environmental Justice in India: Innovation and Change, Gill, G. 10 Feb 2018, Procedural Environmental Rights, Intersentia
  • Mapping the Power Struggles of the National Green Tribunal of India, Gill, G. 28 Aug 2018, In: Asian Journal of Law and Society
  • Courting Justice in the Anthropocene, Gill, G. 5 Sep 2017
  • Environmental Adjudication in the Anthropocene, Gill, G. 12 Oct 2017
  • Land Grab, Corporate Mining and Environmental Harm in India: Contradictory Legal Responses, Gill, G. 15 Feb 2017
  • The National Green Tribunal, India: Decision- Making, Scientific Expertise and Uncertainty, Gill, G. 18 Oct 2017, In: Environmental Law and Management

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