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International Conclave on Green Criminology
Crime, Justice, and the Environment

25th - 26th March 2023


Until recently, mainstream law-based policing and criminal justice, as well as traditional criminology, have paid relatively little attention to crimes and destructive acts affecting the environment, and to the human and non-human victims of such events. Acts of corporate pollution and trafficking in endangered species have attracted some attention but in general these have not been priorities. Over the past few decades, awareness of the financial as well as human costs of environmental damage has increased and this has registered with some who are not otherwise environmentally ‘green’. A new field of ‘green’ or ‘conservation’ or ‘eco-’ criminology, alongside allied work on environmental justice and victimization, is not represented by a substantial literature. Simply put, this kind of perspective argues that a wide range of actions imperil the planet as well as the future of humanity and other species, and these crimes and harms need to be recognized and responded to. In the world of regulation and law enforcement the problems posed by environmental crimes and harms call for us to do familiar things better and more innovatively, and for new ways of doing things urgently and collaboratively - but at the same time, new challenges also reinforce the wisdom of some old messages – in this case that ‘prevention is better than cure’.

Much of traditional criminology is anthropocentric (human - centered), as theories and research focus on humans both as perpetrators of criminal actions as well as victims of crime. In contrast, green criminology broadens the view to include the environment (water, land, air, and plants) as well as non-human animals, including wild, farmed, and domestic animals. Green criminology moves away from a strictly anthropocentric perspective to a more encompassing view of who could be a victim of crime or harm.


The participants will acquire how and why green criminology is important and how fast-expand the field in critical criminology, and the topics and perspectives which are relevant in the field; for example, it expands the understanding of what criminology is and what it should be by applying perspectives of justice, rather than limiting the focus to acts which are criminalized.


In the end, the participants are expected to know:


  • How environmental crimes and harms affect human and nonhuman species, and examples of such harms.

  • What green criminology is and encompasses in relation to conventional criminology, and how it diverges from conventional criminology.

  • Central discussions and positions in contemporary research on green criminology to address the critical impediments to justice for green criminology.

  • It will establish Different theoretical narratives and perspectives in green criminology.

  • Be able to account for and apply central theoretical themes and empirical research for ensuring sustainable green justice for the future generation.

  • Be able to identify why some environmental harms are criminalized while others are condoned.

  • Be able to discuss and provide independent analysis of various environmental crimes and their causes and effects, as well as criminalization processes of the same harm.

  • Enhanced their respect and understanding for social scientific critical thinking and inquiry, and learned what it entails to interpret, analyse and discuss scholarly texts from various green criminology perspectives.

It develops their capacity to critically reflect on the meaning of crime and harm in relation to how societies, policies, and the judicial system address environmental harms and animal abuse.



Submission of Abstract

March 17, 2023

Submission of Full Paper

April 30, 2023

Decision on Abstract

March 19, 2023

Review of the Papers

May 15, 2023

Conference Dates

March 25 & 26, 2023

Publication of the Book

June 05, 2023


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Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai, 2nd Floor, MTNL - CETTM Building, Knowledge Street, Near Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400 076.


Registration for Student Attendees only: Free

Registration for Attendees (Professional): Rs. 800/-

Registration for Paper Presentation Author (India or Foreign): Rs. 1,500/-

Registration for Paper Presentation Co-author (India or Foreign): Rs. 1,000/-


Prof. (Dr.) Dilip Ukey

Vice Chancellor,

Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai

Prof. Dr. N.K. Chakrabarti

Vice Chancellor, West Bengal National University of Juridical Science, Kolkata & President, Indian Society of Criminology

Prof. (Dr.) Dilip Ukey

Vice Chancellor,

Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai


Dr. Abhijit Rohi

Assistant Professor of Law and Deputy Director,

Centre for Research in Criminal Justice, Maharashtra National Law University


Adithya A. Variath

Assistant Professor of Law,

Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai

Manisha Katyal

Research Assistant and Coordinator,

Centre for Research in Criminal Justice, Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai

Amana Khare

Assistant Professor of Law, Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai

Abhishek Negi

Assistant Professor of Law, Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai

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