Shibani Ghosh

Visiting Fellow, Environmental Governance and Policy

Shibani Ghosh is a Visiting Fellow, Environmental Governance and Policy at SFC, and an Advocate-on-Record, Supreme Court of India. She researches and writes on issues relating to environmental law, regulation, and governance. She has authored several articles, book chapters, and opinion pieces on environmental issues. She has edited a volume titled 'Indian Environmental Law: Key Concepts and Principles' (Orient Blackswan, 2019). As a practicing lawyer, Shibani appears in cases before the Supreme Court of India and the National Green Tribunal. She was associated with the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) in various capacities for 13 years. From 2015 to 2023, she was a Fellow with the Initiative on Climate, Energy and Environment at CPR. She has also been a Sustainability Science Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School (2014-2015). Shibani studied at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and obtained two graduate degrees – a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Master of Science in Environmental Change and Management. Her undergraduate degree in law (B.A. LL.B.) is from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata.

Publications

Opinions

Climate Policy

A law around low-carbon climate resilient development

Navroz K Dubash, Aditya Valiathan Pillai and Shibani Ghosh

8 July 2024

Authors lay out an institutional vision for India’s climate law - knowledge-based ‘low-carbon development commission’; ‘climate cabinet’ to drive strategy; executive coordination body; and mechanisms for federal engagement.

Opinions

Climate Policy

Court on climate right and how India can enforce it

Navroz K Dubash, Shibani Ghosh and Aditya Valiathan Pillai

1 July 2024

Because India is still developing, is highly vulnerable, and yet to build much of its infrastructure, what the country needs is a law that enables progress toward both low-carbon and climate resilient development.

SFC Perspectives

Adaptation and Resilience

Climate Policy

Energy Transitions

Environmental Governance and Policy

SFC Perspectives on Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Policy, Energy Transitions, and Environmental Governance and Policy

SFC

19 March 2024

SFC Perspectives are intended to stimulate discussion by providing an overview of key issues and avenues for action to inform India's sustainable development trajectory.

SFC Perspectives

Environmental Governance and Policy

Perspectives on Environmental Governance and Policy: Systemic transformations to limit the health burden of air pollution

Bhargav Krishna, Shibani Ghosh, Arunesh Karkun and Annanya Mahajan

18 March 2024

We, at SFC, view reducing air pollution not only as a technical challenge, but also as a structural one that requires re-thinking our approach and the institutions that are tasked with addressing it.

Opinions

Environmental Governance and Policy

The weakest link in the air pollution fight

Shibani Ghosh and Bhargav Krishna

2 November 2022

As key environmental indicators worsen across India, it is clear that State Pollution Control Boards and Pollution Control Committees are falling short in meeting their statutory mandate

Opinions

Environmental Governance and Policy

For clean air, strengthen pollution control boards

Shibani Ghosh

31 October 2022

The boards were envisioned as autonomous entities, and strong political will coupled with bureaucratic support is required to realise this vision, even if it constrains the government’s (other) policy objectives.

Opinions

Environmental Governance and Policy

Bad air: Ad hocism won’t work anymore

Bhargav Krishna and Shibani Ghosh

23 December 2021

Air pollution is a complex societal problem. We must recognise this and focus our attention on long-term policy pathways with clear goals and timelines

Books and book chapters

Environmental Governance and Policy

International Environmental Law in the Courts of India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan

Shibani Ghosh

12 August 2021

Given development imperatives in these countries, courts are often faced with the ‘economy/development versus environment’ question. In such situations, the courts rely on IEL in an instrumental fashion in support of the final outcome of the case, rather than engaging with the substantive content of the IEL principles.

Books and book chapters

Climate Policy

Environmental Governance and Policy

Climate Litigation in India

Shibani Ghosh

22 January 2021

A review of the legal and regulatory landscape in India reveals that the main environment and energy related laws, policies and regulatory processes offer several hooks to bring climate claims to courts.

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