Lavanya Rajamani, Professor | BBS


India Full Professor Centre for Policy Research Visiting
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Lavanya Rajamani is a Research Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. She has a D.Phil. and B.C.L. from Oxford, an LL.M. from Yale Law School, and a B.A. LL.B. (Hons) from the National Law School of India, Bangalore. She was previously a University Lecturer in Environmental Law, and Fellow & Director of Studies in Law at Queens’ College, Cambridge. She writes, teaches and advises on international environmental law, in particular international climate change law and policy.  The body of her academic work addresses the issue of differential treatment in international environmental law, in particular in international climate change law. Her monograph Differential Treatment in International Environmental Law (Oxford University Press, UK, 2006) as well as a series of articles in the prestigious peer-reviewed international journals International & Comparative Law Quarterly (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. 2014), International Affairs (2012), the European Journal of International Law (2012) and Theoretical Inquiries in Law (2013), engage in a forensic analysis of the climate change treaties and texts emerging from the ongoing climate change negotiations.


Rajamani is also co-editor of Promoting Compliance in the Emerging Climate Regime (CUP, 2011), Implementation of International Environmental Law (Hague Academy of International Law, 2011), and Climate Change Liability: Transnational Law and Practice (CUP, 2011). She is the Rapporteur for the International Law Association’s Committee on Legal Principles Relating to Climate Change. 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, and consultant to the FCCC Secretariat, the Danish Ministry of Climate Change and the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests


This module will provide students with an overview of the conceptual architecture of international environmental law. This includes a study of the evolution, sources and principles of international environmental law, the role of key actors and institutions (in particular business and industry) and of compliance mechanisms. It will also discuss the nature and extent of the impact that international environmental law has on the private sector and vice versa. It will then examine through a case study of the climate change regime how international environmental law works in practice.

Green Energy and Sustainable Businesses