Case Study: Ritwick Dutta
Ritwick Dutta’s love for India’s wilds manifested early in his life and an insuppressible urge to protect those very wilds led him to become an environmental lawyer. Having a degree in sociology, a law degree from the University of Delhi and a Diploma in Environmental Law from the Centre of Environmental Law, WWF – India, he believes his true training and understanding of the scenario came from travelling extensively around the country. To tackle the main culprits of environmental degradation - dams, mines and deforestation, he along with Rahul Choudhury, Environment lawyer, founded the Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE). Today he is the most active lawyer of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) brigade which was setup in 2010. He is also a member of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW), a select global network of environmental lawyers, where Ritwick has served as an investigator for TRAFFIC India to delve into the illegal trade in CITES – listed species. He has been serving as a legal advisor to the Wildlife Trust of India and the Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization (HESCO). For bravely dedicating his life to fighting environmental injustices, he was awarded The Balipara Foundation Green Legal Award.