About the Centre
The Centre for Post Graduate Legal Studies (CPGLS) was established in 2016 and currently offers a doctoral programme in Legal Studies with a focus on Law and Sustainability; a one-year LL.M. in Environment and Natural Resources Law; and also another one-year LL.M in Infrastructure and Business Law.
- Vision: To successfully integrate the values of sustainability in legal education and training.
- Mission: To create a pool of legal experts who are exposed to the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development.
About LL.M programmes with specialisations in Infrastructure and Business Laws and Environment and Natural Resources Law
Infrastructure laws and Natural Resourses laws are two newly indedependent fields in legal practice. There is a need for specially qualified legal professionals in both these fields. It is from this perspective that the TERI School of Advanced Studies (TERI SAS) offers a one-year LL.M. programme with specialization in Environment and Natural Resources Law and Infrastructure and Business Law.
Environment and Natural Resources Law: A developing country like India with sizeable population needs to protect the environment in the process of development. While development remains a priority in India, the country cannot afford to ignore environmental concerns which need to be integrated into all economic policies and projects. A specialization in Environment and Natural Resources Law, therefore, assumes great significance. The primary focus of Masters specialization in Environment and Natural Resources Law is to understand how the legal framework can reorient economic activity towards sustainability. This can happen in different ways like prohibiting or regulating environmentally damaging activities, assigning liability for environmental harms, clearly defining property rights and providing adequate incentives for benign environmental activities. The course also addresses the principles of allocation of natural resources according to the concepts of equity and due process. This specialization thus covers a broad range of introductory and specific courses.
Infrastructure and Business Law: An adequate and robust infrastructure is necessary to promote and sustain economic development. India’s infrastructure development is not enough and there is a need for massive investment in different infrastructure sectors to meet the demands of economic growth. A country’s good Infrastructure is the engine of its economic growth and has become the priority of any government of the day. However, given the fiscal constraints, the investment needs of infrastructure cannot be met by the public sector alone and do require private investment, both foreign and domestic. Attracting private investment will be feasible only if there is a conducive and predictable legal regime. LL.M. with specialization in Infrastructure and Business Law addresses the law and policy relating to major sectors, viz., transport (including Roads, Railways and Airports), energy, telecommunications, urban infrastructure, and water. The purpose of this specialization stream is to provide an insight into the fundamental legal concepts relating to business in general and various infrastructure sectors, including the issues involved in the development, financing and management of those projects. The programme also deals with issues relating to public–private partnerships in detail.