Courtenay’s interest in India was peaked in her first year of law school when she attended the Public Interest Environmental Law Centre in Eugene, Oregon and learned about India’s National Green Tribunal.
Courtenay’s interest in India was peaked in her first year of law
school when she attended the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in
Eugene, Oregon and learned about India’s National Green Tribunal.
With the help of ELC Legal Director Calvin Sandborn, who provided
networking connections, and CAPI’s
Outgoing Scholar Program, who provided key funding, Courtenay was
able to develop an internship opportunity in India. She travelled to Chennai
for four months to work on environmental law issues at The Other Media, a
small, social and environmental justice organization where she contributed to a
variety of projects, including working on an injunction regarding the
remediation of mercury-contaminated soils within a wildlife sanctuary caused by
a nearby thermometer factory, the expansion of thermal power plants within an
ecologically sensitive estuary, and working with data on heavy metal
concentrations in the air, soil, and water to document changes over time in an
area impacted by copper smelter emissions.
“I also participated in discussions and meetings, learned about
several ongoing projects within the community, including the establishment of a
sustainable, local fish market,” says Courtenay. “As a law student, I drafted
prosecution notices and Right to Information Requests, and helped prepare
documents for injunction applications. It was an absolutely incredible
Courtenay also spent two weeks in Delhi, where she had the
opportunity to speak with lawyers at both the Supreme Court of India and the
National Green Tribunal, India’s specialized environmental court.
more information about Courtenay’s experience, check out the blog
she prepared for CAPI, which has funding to send another student intern during
the summer of 2019.