ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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An Analysis of the Supreme Court’s Environmental Judgments, 1980-2010

Why the Underdogs Came Out Ahead

A study of judgments by the Supreme Court in environmental cases from 1980 to 2010 shows that a majority of them have supported the issues raised by underdogs such as environmental NGOs against the practices or policies of the powerful such as governments and industrial units. But prominent exceptions to this have been the outcomes of cases challenging infrastructure projects. This paper seeks to explain how and why the Supreme Court has frequently decided in favour of weaker parties, and to analyse the implications of this for environmental jurisprudence in India.

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