Lavanyya rajamani

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Lavanya Rajamani

Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi 110021


Curriculum Vitae


University of Cambridge

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) (By Incorporation), 2006

University of Oxford

Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.), 1998-2002

Yale University

Master of Laws (LL.M.), 1997-1998

University of Oxford

Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.), 1996-1997

National Law School of India University

Bachelor of Arts and Law (BA LL.B. (Honors)), 1991-1996
Awards and Academic Distinctions

Junior Research Fellowship, Worcester College, Oxford, 2000-2002

Radhakrishnan Memorial Bequest, 2002

Rhodes Scholarship, 1996-97 and 1998-2000

Yale University Scholarship, 1997-98

Fellowship in Environmental Advocacy, Pacific Environment and Resources Centre, Berkeley, 1996

Five Gold Medals for excellence in legal studies, in particular for obtaining the First Rank in the University and the highest grades in subjects including International Law, Jurisprudence and Legal Ethics, National Law School of India University, 1996

Oxford University Press Monograph titled, Differential Treatment in International Environmental Law (Oxford Monographs in International Law Series, UK, 2006); co-edited monograph, titled, Implementation of International Environmental Law (Hague Academy of International Law, 2011); and, two co-edited collections titled, Promoting Compliance in an Evolving Climate Regime (Cambridge University Press, UK, 2011), and Climate Change Liability: Transnational Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Currently working on a co-authored monograph titled International Climate Change Law for Oxford University Press, UK

Articles on international environmental law in edited collections and academic journals including the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, European Journal of International Law, Yearbook of International Environmental Law, Journal of Environmental Law, Theoretical Inquiries in Law, Climate Law, Climate Policy, International Affairs, Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy, Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, Journal of the Indian Law Institute and the Economic and Political Weekly. Publication of Working Papers by the World Bank, UNFCCC, UNDP and Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy. Features in periodicals such as Down to Earth, TIEMPO, Third World Resurgence, Seminar, blogs such as European Journal of International Law Talk, and Climate & Development Knowledge Network, and broadsheets such as the Indian Express, The Hindu, The Pioneer and Deccan Herald.

Editorial Responsibilities

Member of the Editorial Boards of the Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, Journal of Environmental Law, Transnational Environmental Law, Climate Law and Climate and Development and, Guest Editor, Special Issue: Beyond Copenhagen, Climate Policy, October 2010


Professor, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, ongoing since 2006

Research interests focused inter alia on international and domestic climate change law and policy, compliance and implementation of international environmental law, international environmental law in Indian courts, and the interface of environment, trade, human rights and development. Responsible for organizing as part of CPR’s Climate Initiative, and anchor of the Group of International Lawyers in Delhi (GUILD) periodic seminars and conferences.

University Lecturer in Environmental Law, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, 2002 – 2006

Responsible for lecturing on International and EU Environmental Law to students of the B.A. (Land Economy, Tripos), LL.M. and M. Phil. in Environmental Policy. As Director of the M.Phil in Environmental Policy, responsible for admitting students and designing the course

Fellow & Director of Studies in Law, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, 2002 – 2006

Responsible for teaching Public International Law and Tort to the students of the B. A. (Law, Tripos) and Environmental Law to the students of the B.A. (Land Economy, Tripos)

Junior Research Fellow in Public International Law, Worcester College, Oxford, 2000 – 2002

Staff Lawyer, Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD), London, 2000 - 2001

Responsible inter alia for providing legal services to the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). Assisted AOSIS at several Conferences of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC), including at The Hague, 2000 and Marrakech, 2001 as a delegate of the Federated States of Micronesia and later the Republic of the Marshall Islands

Other Work Experience

Invited to Offer a Public International Law Course at the Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague, 2018

Responsible for offering a course in a specialized field of Public International Law, which will be published as part of the Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law (in French: Recueil des cours de l'Académie de droit international de La Haye)

Legal Consultant, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat, Bonn, 2004, 2005 – 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013 - 2014 ongoing

Responsible for supporting, as part of a team, the President of the Conference of Parties to the FCCC, and the Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, as well as Chairs of UNFCCC negotiating bodies, by drafting negotiating text, as well as preparing briefing documents, resolutions, and speaking notes for Presiding officers
Visiting Professor, ALMA Graduate School, University of Bologna, Italy, ongoing since 2012

Responsible for teaching an intensive course in International Environmental Law to students of the MBA in Green Energy and Business

Senior Academic Visitor, Smith School of Enterprise and Environment, University of Oxford, Summer of 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012

Responsible for engaging in research and writing on the legal architecture of the post-2012 international climate agreement, and for delivering a series of seminars on climate change law

Visiting Professor, Centre d’Etudes et De Recherches Internationales et Communitaires (CERIC), Aix- Marseille UniversitÉ, February 2011

Responsible for teaching an intensive course on International Climate Change Law

Legal Advisor to the Chair of the Ad-Hoc Working Group on Long Term Cooperative Action, FCCC, January – December 2009

Responsible, as part of a team, for attending the negotiations, synthesizing submissions from Parties and drafting international legal text in the lead up to the fifteenth Conference of Parties

Member, Advisory Group to the Danish Ministry of Climate Change and Energy, June 2008- December 2009

Responsible, as part of an eight-member international and inter-disciplinary group, for advising Denmark on the FCCC negotiations in the lead up to the fifteenth Conference of Parties, for writing background documents on crunch issues, and drafting compromise legal text

Instructor, Hague Academy of International Law External Program, Beijing, October 2009

Responsible for delivering a series of lectures on the Principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibility in international environmental law

English Director of Research, Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations, Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague, August - September 2008

Responsible for preparing, with the French Director of Research, a research report and directing post-doctoral legal research scholars on the implementation of international environmental law

Visiting Professor, Osaka Gakuin University, Faculty of Law, Osaka, 2006 –2008

Responsible for lecturing on European Environmental Law

Consultant at various times with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, India; World Bank, New Delhi & D.C.; International Institute for Sustainable Development, Winnipeg; World Resources Institute, D.C.; The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, C2ES, Washington D.C. and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), New York

Invited Talks

Invited to present papers at numerous academic and practitioner conferences including the European Society of International Law, International Law Association and International Bar Association Conferences, and seminar series including inter alia: the Geneva Environmental Dialogue, the Graduate Institute, Geneva; the UCL Energy Seminar Series, Energy Institute, University College London; the Smith School Seminar Series, Oxford; ECBI Fellowships, Oxford; Institute of Policy Studies, University of Victoria, Wellington; Faculty of Law, University of Toronto; Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales et Communitaires (CERIC), Aix- Marseille Université, Aix-en-Provence; Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Helsinki; Royal Institute of International Affairs, London; British Academy, London; TERI University, Delhi; JNU, Delhi; Saouth Asia University, Delhi; SOAS, London; Kent Law School, University of Kent, Canterbury and the Osaka-Gakuin University, Osaka

Professional and Academic Memberships
International Law Association

Rapporteur to the Committee on the Legal Principles Relating to Climate Change.

Responsible for leading the Committee in identifying legal principles relating to climate change, and drafting Articles and Commentaries on these principles
International Bar Association

Indian member of the Academic Advisory Group of the Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law

Policy Engagement & impact
Invited as an academic expert in international climate change law to numerous influential policy evolution meetings on the climate change regime including inter alia UN Framework Convention on Climate Change expert meetings, a EU Heads of Climate Change Delegations meeting organized by the Cypriot Presidency, meetings organized by BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) countries, and the Alliance of Small Island States. Assisted, in drafting, as part of a UNFCCC team, key legal documents emerging from the climate change negotiations in the last five years.
Academic articles on the climate change negotiations, in particular a series of articles in the International & Comparative Law Quarterly, reading between the lines of the texts agreed at the international climate change negotiations, have been widely distributed on climate change list-serves, featured in several graduate reading lists, and cited and used by policy makers, negotiators and activists.

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