India Full Professor of International Environmental Law University Of Oxford Visiting Faculty
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Lavanya Rajamani is a Professor of International Environmental Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, and Yamani Fellow in Public International Law, St Peter’s College, Oxford. Lavanya holds an LLM from Yale, a DPhil and BCL from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes scholar, and a B.A.LL.B. (Honours) from National Law School, Bangalore.

Lavanya writes, teaches and advises on international environmental law, in particular international climate change law and policy. Her latest book titiled, ‘Innovation and Experimentation in the International Climate Change Regime’, based on a Special Course she delivered at the Hague Academy of International Law, was published in March 2020 as part of the Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law/ Receuil des Cours. Her previous book ‘International Climate Change Law’ (Oxford University Press, UK, 2017), co-authored with Daniel Bodansky and Jutta Brunnée won the 2018 American Society of International Law Certificate of Merit in a Specialized Area of International Law.

Lavanya serves as Coordinating Lead Author of the chapter on ‘International Cooperation’ in the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She has also served as Rapporteur for the International Law Association’s Committee on Legal Principles Relating to Climate Change, and as Research Director for the Hague Academy of International Law’s Centre for Studies and Research.

Lavanya’s academic work on the international climate change regime is informed by extensive practice. She has worked on and tracked the climate negotiations in different capacities, including as a negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States, and legal advisor to the UN Climate 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