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Optimism lies in the use of renewable sources of energy to resuscitate the pollution afflicted earth. Continuous exhaustion of non-renewable sources has brought them near extinction in nigh future.

The significance of energy law is in providing legislation to administer the natural resources of a country, and in their potential for changing human and societal behaviour;another important characteristic is that of policy formulation. Both energy andenvironmental law demonstrate to a greater extent than other areas of the lawthe interchange between law and policy and the Importance of policy-makers.Policy development drives forward energy and environmental law.

As the upcoming area of Law,it has various diversifying aspects from solar energy to use of nuclear energyof civilian and peaceful purposes. Moreover international treaties such asAarhus convention on Access to Information, Public Participation inDecision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental matters 1988, Conventionon Bio diversity, 1992 have emphasized the need to standardize the conduct ofNations and individuals in energy, environment and ecology sector.

Moreover, InternationalEnergy Agency, International Atomic Energy Agency and National suppliers Grouphave been playing a pivotal role to provide analysis, new approaches andperspectives on energy policy in an international context. 

It is pertinent to mentionherein that new geo political and economic order of the world is largelyinfluenced by carbon trading, green energy, technology transfer and of courseuse of renewable sources of energy. It is also ardent to indicate here that thetransfer of technology for greener power generation has been an agenda point inthe current G-20 summit. 


To comprehend andconsolidate the usurping scholarly literature on interface of intellectualproperty, nuclear energy, energy and consumerism, corporate strategies over non-renewableenergy, changing dimensions of Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility.

To provide a manifesto forpolicy formulation and to regulate the role of private individuals, juristicpersons and positively delineating the role of state in the sphere of economics(finance), politics (energy security) and environment  (climate change mitigation) for a betterfuture.  In essence, effective andefficient energy law and policy will balance these three aims to deliver thebest outcome to society.

Aboutthe Centre

The Centre was establishedin January 2016 with the objective to cater the need of research in emergingarea of energy law. The Centre since its inception has evolved constructivelythereby organizing various programs, workshops and sensitization programmes. Abrief of activities of the Centre is as under:


      Five-DayTraining Programme on Contract Management for the officers of   Punjab State Transmission CorporationLimited, on 2nd -6th May, 2016

      ICSSRsponsored National Seminar on Renewable Energy, Sustainable Development andConsumer Protection Organized by CASEL; on 30th -31stMarch 2017. 


      TheCentre along with the construction and maintenance wing of the university tookthe initiative to install solar panels for the generation of electricity forthe university. The Centre forwarded the inputs on the agreement betweenUniversity and Azure power Corporation for said installation and powergeneration. The university has been accelerating on the path of green energyand self-sufficiency and generating 640 MW power. The total power tariff of theuniversity has significantly reduced.


      Weeklyenergy law e- updates in the form of latest news, judgments, internationalagreements, electricity laws, nuclear energy etc. sent to whole of universityfaculty, students and other staff members.

      Oneday Police Sensitization programme was organized by Centre on 27thSeptember 2018. Students and faculty members visited police stations indistrict Patiala and conducted programme on various technical aspects ofelectricity, hydro, environment and other allied laws. 

      CASELin collaboration with National Law School of India University, Bangalore underthe aegis of United Nation Development Programme, Ministry of Environment,Forests and Climate Change, Government of India and, Global EnvironmentFacility’s Global Access and Benefit sharing Project organized a Two-DayAdvanced Workshop on Strengthening Human Resources, Legal Frameworks andInstitutional Capacities to Implement the Nagoya Protocol from 23rd-24th April, 2019.


      CASELin collaboration with L&L Partners Law Offices organised the 1st RGNUL-L&L Partners Energy Law Agreement Drafting Competition, 2020. The Competitionsought to engage with the community of law students in India to promote the artof modern legal drafting, in the less talked areas of Energy Law. It aimed atproviding opportunities to the students to initiate research about legal uncertaintiesand further the skills of drafting. In a collaborative effort, the Competitionhas been judged by a panel comprising of members of the judiciary, legalexperts from L&L Partners Law Offices, experts from Hindustan PetroleumCorporation Limited, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), andacademicians from the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab,the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru and the HimachalPradesh National Law University (HPNLU), Shimla.

Centre for Advanced Studiesin Energy Law (2019-20)

Faculty Coordinators

Dr. Shiva Satish Sharda

Faculty Coordinator

Dr. Gurmanpreet Kaur



Student Members

Akshat Jain


Sakshi Garg


Anamika Dudvaani


Saksham Shrivastava


Sukhman Sandhu


Vaibhavi Bhalerao


Tanveer Kaur


Tarun Pratap Singh



Formore information or queries, write to us at


Dr.Shiva Satish Sharda

(Assistant Professor of Law, RGNUL

and Faculty Coordinator, CASEL)


Contact No.: +91 175 2391396


AkshatJain (Convenor)


Contact No.: +91 9770003070


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