Project Description

About the Organizer

Sahyog Trust is basically a humanistic pro-active organization, which believes in the holistic growth and all-round development of all sections of the global humanity. Sahyog is engaged in several social and legal issues and has various units working under its banner such as Human Rights Law Defenders (HRLD) and Lawyers for Earth Justice.  Asim Sarode & Associates (ASA) defends human and environmental rights by opposing violations, strengthening enforcement mechanisms, sensitizing the public and campaigning for constitutional and legal reforms and intervenes legally when there are violations.

About the Parliament

‘Parliament of Lawyers for Water Rights’ is being organized by Sahyog Trust and Asim Sarode & Associate in collaboration with Bharti Vidyapeeth New Law College LegalNextt on the topic of “Domestic and International Perspective on Water Law” on 24th September 2019 in Pune.

We need water for various purposes, such as potable water for drinking as well as water meant for sanitation. Due to ever-growing conditions of climate change and unequal distribution of water, it has become all the more imperative for us to study water sharing agreements and water sanitation. There are various legislations in India as well as in international law for the protection of water rights and recognizing the importance of equitable and reasonable utilization of water as well as water sharing between states. Good water management is the need of the hour and therefore, having a student parliament on water law is going to be beneficial to understand water laws and management for better health and sanitation.

The Parliament aims to provide a platform for discussion on the existing rules of water law and various water legislations in the country and compare them with international law standpoints. The Parliament also aims to point out lacunae in existing in domestic law by comparing it with international law standpoints and to observe the binding value of water tribunals as far as water disputes are concerned.

This Parliament will provide an excellent opportunity for students and research scholars alike to keep abreast with recent developments in water law, raise awareness of practices that ameliorate the working of existing social and legal frameworks and help them for sharing their ideas and their opinion on the water management in India as well as on an international scale.

Name of the event


Themes and Sub Themes

  • International law on water
  • Conventions and rules
  • Water treaties
  • Precautionary Principle
  • Duty to cooperate
  • International case material


  • Water laws and implementation and management of water resources
  • Potable drinking water
  • Groundwater usage
  • Compliance and redressal mechanism for water distribution and conflicts
  • Domestic case material


  • Pollution and Journalism
  • Role of Courts and Tribunals in controlling water pollution
  • Environmental Reporting and Green Journalism
  • Sanitation and health rights
  • Uncontrolled sand mining from river beds and seabed’s and its detrimental effect

Rules for the Parliament

  • The parliament will begin with the selected paper presentations under each theme followed by a discussion on the theme which will be moderated by the chair.
  • The paper presentations will run for half an hour and the followed discussion will be awarded another half an hour of time.
  • Each theme will be given a total of one to one and a half hours of presentation and discussion.
  • The chair will be regulating every session where all students will get an opportunity to present their paper content during discussion time.
  • Participants will be notified as to whether their papers have been selected for presentation or for discussion.
  • Every student will receive a certificate of participation irrespective of whether their papers have been selected for presentation or discussion.
  • The 2 best submissions  will receive prizes:
  • Best Speaker: Rs. 4000/-                        2nd Best Speaker:  Rs.2500/-
  • Best Paper:     Rs. 4000/-                         2nd Best Paper:     Rs. 2500/-

Important dates

Submission of Abstract- 15th September 2019.

Confirmation about Abstract selection- 17th September, 2019.

Last date for submission of full papers- 20th September, 2019.

Date of the conference- 24th September, 2019.


Registration and Application Details

The participants have to submit the registration forms along with the requisite fees for registration to the conference. The registration amount for different category of participants is indicated below:-

A. Participants                                          Seat in Parliament                              Paper Presentation

1. Students ( With valid Id card)                           500/-                                                          600/-

2. Delegates                                                             1000/-                                                        1200/-

B. Attendees- 200/-                                          —                                                                   —

Payment Options :

  1. Payment by Demand Draft: Demand Draft drawn in favour of “SAHYOG”

      2. Payment by RTGS
A /C NO: 037010100543729

3. Payment by Cheque 
A/C NO: 037010100543729

Participants will get confirmation of registration and payment afterward via e-mail.

Contact info. –
Phone no. –

Nikita Banatwala:          +91 9757214229
Maitreya Ghorpade:    +91  7024102546

Adv. Parikrama Khot:  +91  7774072200


The abstract should not exceed 300 words and must be accompanied by a cover page stating the following

  • Title of the paper:
  • Theme and Subtheme (as given above)
  • Name of the author:
  • Email- Address:
  • Postal Address and Contact Number:

Submission guidelines

  • The paper should not exceed 3000 Words (exclusive of footnotes).
  • There can be only an author and one co-author.
  • Registration fee as per each author
  • In the case of co-authorship, at least one author must attend the seminar to present the paper.
  • For review purpose, it is requested from all the participants to mention their personal details only on the cover page. Do not mention your identity elsewhere in the paper.
  • The main text should be in Times New Roman with font size 12 and spacing of 1.5.
  • The footnotes should be in Times New Roman, font size 10 with single line spacing.
  • One-inch margins on all sides should be maintained.
  • Citation style: Bluebook format
  • All correspondence must be sent to this email 
  • The paper must be accompanied with scanned copies of duly filled registration forms, Demand Draft details and the cover page, the details of which are mentioned in the abstract guidelines.

Important Notice: The papers submitted need to be ORIGINAL SUBMISSIONS which have not been published in any other forum. Any kind of plagiarism in the submissions made shall result in disqualification of the said submission.


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