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Gayathri D. Naik

Assistant Professor

Gayathri D Naik holds  BAL.LLB (M.G. University, Kerala; University Top Position), LLM in International Legal Studies with specialisation in International Environmental Law( SAU, New Delhi; University Topper with SAU Gold Medal) and MPA(IGNOU) and qualified for UGC- Junior Research Fellowship/NET.  She was awarded Certificate of  Merit by Sarada Krishna Satgamaya Foundation  For  Law  And  Justice  (Formerly  Justice  V  R Krishna Iyer Foundation For Law And Justice); Annama Kunjako Endowment Award by M.G. University, Justice Fathima Beevi Endowment Award for University Top Position in LLB Examination. She also bagged a Certificate of Merit from the South Asian University for Highest CGPA in the first year of LLM.


She was a Commonwealth Scholar for her PhD in Environmental Law/Water Law at SOAS, University of London. In her PhD thesis, she examined the implications and interactions of water-related subsidies on the social and distributive equity and the environmental sustainability in groundwater access and regulation in India.  Her Key areas of interest include Environmental Law, Water Law and Policy, Water Justice, Environmental sustainability, Tort Law and Human Rights. 


She is a  Junior Fellow for Climate and Energy Group with London based Think Tank, Global Research Network(GRN) and the Knowledge Hub Coordinator with Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. She is also a member of the Law, Environment and Development Centre, SOAS,  the Water and Wetlands Specialist Group, the Early Career Specialist Group, and the Compliance and Enforcement Specialist Groups of IUCN-WCEL.


She is a topic editor(transboundary water issues) with Global Water Forum, the online resource on freshwater science and governance,  an initiative of the UNESCO at the Australian National University, partnered with Oxford University. She is the Senior Editor of Kathmandu Law School Review and a reviewer with the Journal of Indian Law Institute.  She is an ardent Book Reviewer with publications in OUP, Edward Elgar and a contributing reviewer to the LSE Review of Books.  She has published research articles and chapters with leading publishers like BRILL and Routledge.



What made you choose to apply at NLU Delhi? 

I chose to apply at NLUD for it offers a dynamic and vibrant atmosphere that is conducive to legal research. NLUD’s consistent NIRF number 2 ranking reflects the administration's dedication and keen attention to quality and inclusive legal education. The efforts of the administration to develop and improve the way education is imparted and their support to establish collaborations and promote legal research inspired me to choose NLUD to begin my career in the legal fraternity. 

What made you choose research and teaching as a career? 

Teaching was a natural career choice for me as I come from a family of academicians. My time at SAU where I was pursuing my LLM strengthened my desire for legal research analysis and helped build a more robust foundation for research, where Dr. Stellina Jolly inspired me to apply for Ph.D. in Water Law and the Commonwealth Scholarship. Consistent support from Prof Philippe Cullet during my Ph.D. helped me broaden my research skills and select research and teaching in environmental law and water law as a career option. 

What is your area of interest, and what excites you about it? 

My area of interest is environmental law, particularly water law. There is a lack of adequate research on water law and policy in India. I was eager to fill the gap by learning and researching about water issues from a legal and water justice perspective. My teachers taught me well, and I am eager to share these learnings with students at NLUD and instill a passion for water law policy and environmental law in them.


How do you see yourself contributing to NLU Delhi as an Assistant Professor (Law)?

I look forward to working with my colleagues at NLUD to develop it as the premier institution for environmental law research. I also look forward to contributing to evolving new legal research and pedagogy strategies in collaboration with experienced faculty in NLUD.


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