Lavanya Rajamani


Research Professor

Lavanya Rajamani is a Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. She holds an LL.M from Yale, and a D.Phil and B.C.L. from Oxford.

She was previously a University Lecturer in Environmental Law, and Fellow & Director of Studies in Law at Queens’ College, Cambridge, where she lectured in international and European environmental law, international law and tort. 

Lavanya Rajamani is author of the Oxford University Press monograph titled, 'Differential Treatment in International Environmental Law'. She is also co-editor of  'Implementation of International Environmental Law' (Hague Academy of International Law, 2011), 'Promoting Compliance in an Evolving Climate Regime' (CUP, 2011), and 'Climate Change Liability: Transnational Law and Practice' (CUP, 2011). She is currently working on a co-authored manuscript for OUP, Clarendon Press, titled 'International Climate Change Law.'

She has written on legal issues relating to the environment, international law, and human rights, in academic journals including the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, European Journal of International Law, Yearbook of International Environmental Law, Journal of Environmental Law, 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. She has written working papers for the World Bank, UNFCCC, UNDP and Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, and features in periodicals such as Seminar, Economic and Political Weekly, Down to Earth, TIEMPO, Third World Resurgence and numerous broadsheets. She serves on the editorial board of the Review of European Community and International Environmental Law (RECIEL), Climate Law, Transnational Environmental Law, Climate and Development, Journal of Environmental Law, and Journal of Natural Resources and Energy Law. 

Lavanya Rajamani is the Rapporteur for the International Law Association’s Committee on Legal Principles Relating to Climate Change, and an Indian member of the Academic Advisory Group of the Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law of the International Bar Association. She served as English Director of Studies for the 2008 research session on Implementation of International Environmental Law at The Hague Academy of International Law, and taught at the Academy’s External Program in Beijing in October 2009. She is a frequent visitor to the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Oxford, as a Senior Academic Visitor, and participates in their Annual World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment.

She has worked as a consultant to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests, the Danish Ministry of Climate Change and Energy, the UNDP, the World Bank, the Alliance of Small Island States, and the International Institute of Sustainable Development. She has worked on and followed the climate negotiations since 1997, in different capacities, including as a negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States during the negotiations for the Marrakech Accords, and as a legal advisor to the Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long term Cooperative Action under the FCCC – the inter-governmental group tasked with arriving at an agreed outcome on climate change post-2012 – in the lead up to the Copenhagen Climate Conference, 2009.

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