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sujith koonan

Sujith Koonan is Assistant Professor at Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. He completed his PhD from SOAS–University of London where he was a recipient of the SOAS Doctoral Research Scholarship (2013-16). He holds a M.Phil. in International Law from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and LL.M. in Environmental Law and Human Rights from Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi. He is a Member, Editorial Board of the Law, Environment and Development Journal (LEAD)—a joint publication of SOAS–University of London and International Environmental Law Research Centre (IELRC), Geneva.

He taught at various institutions in India and abroad including SOAS–University of London, National Law University Delhi, TERI School of Advanced Studies, Indian Society of International Law and Amity Law School Noida. He also worked with various research organisations including the Environmental Law Research Society (ELRS), New Delhi, Centre for Policy Research and the International Environmental Law Research Centre, Geneva, where he worked in research projects focusing on a wide variety of issues related to environment and development from a legal perspective. He has also the experience of providing legal and policy suggestions to the government. His work on water laws led him to be invited to join a Working Group on Water Governance constituted by the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India for the Twelfth Five-Year Plan (2012-2017). The Working Group led the drafting of three key legal instruments on water governance and regulation in India. He recently completed a project with Government of Rajasthan where he played a key role in drafting a comprehensive water law for the State.  

His main areas of interest are Environmental Law, Water and Sanitation, Law and Natural Resources, Human Rights, International Law and Agro-biodiversity. He has co-edited a volume on water law instruments in India—Water Law in India: An Introduction to Legal Instruments (Oxford University Press, 2nd edn. 2017). He has published his research in various reputed journals, newspapers and online blogs. His publications can be accessed at http://ielrc.org/about_koonan.php.

Email: skoonan 'at' ielrc 'dot' org

 


Books and edited books

 

Right to Sanitation in India – Critical Perspectives

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P. Cullet, S. Koonan & L. Bhullar
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New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018
date: 2018
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Water Law in India – An Introduction to Legal Instruments (2nd edition)

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author(s):
Philippe Cullet & Sujith Koonan
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New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2017
date: 2017
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Water Law in India – An Introduction to Legal Instruments

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author(s):
Philippe Cullet & Sujith Koonan
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New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2011
date: 2011
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Articles and book chapters

     
Right to Sanitation in India: Nature and Scope
in K.J. Joy and Sarita Bhagat (eds), Right to Sanitation in India: Nature, Scope and Voices from the Margins (Pune: Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India, 2016), p. 1-14.
 
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Revamping the Groundwater Legal Regime in India: Towards Ensuring Equity and Sustainability
12(2) Socio-Legal Review (2016), p. 45-73.
 
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Competing Uses, Users and Legal Responses: Plachimada and Rajsamand Lake
in K. J. Joy, Suhas Paranjape and Sarita Bhagat (eds), Conflicts around Domestic Water and Sanitation in India: Cases, Issues and Prospects (Pune: Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India, 2014), p. 19-34.
 
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Farmers' Rights in India: Assessing Conceptual and Implementation Issues
4/1 Dehradun Law Review (2012), p. 29.
 
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Constitutionality of the Plachimada Tribunal Bill, 2011: An Assessment
7/2 Law, Environment and Development Journal (2011), p. 151-63.
 
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Groundwater: Legal Aspects of the Plachimada Dispute
in P. Cullet et al. eds., Water Governance in Motion: Towards Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Water Laws (New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, 2010) p. 159-98.
 
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Legal Regime Governing Groundwater
in Philippe Cullet et al. eds, Water Law for the Twenty-first Century: National and International Aspects of Water Law Reforms in India (Abingdon: Routledge, 2010), p. 182-204.
 
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Co-authored articles and book chapters

     
Regulating the Interactions Between Climate Change and Groundwater: Lessons from India
42/6 Water International 646-62 (2017).
 
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Inter-Sectoral Water Allocation and Conflicts – Perspectives from Rajasthan
50/34 Economic & Political Weekly (2015), p. 61-9
 
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Access to ‘Safe’ Sanitation for Women: Questioning a Myopic Approach
in K. J. Joy, Suhas Paranjape and Sarita Bhagat (eds), Conflicts around Domestic Water and Sanitation in India: Cases, Issues and Prospects (Pune: Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India, 2014), p. 182-193.
 
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Delhi Water Supply Reforms: Public-Private Partnerships or Privatisation?
47/17 Economic and Political Weekly (2012), p. 32-9.
 
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Water, Health and Water Quality Regulation
in Philippe Cullet et al. eds, Water Law for the Twenty-first Century: National and International Aspects of Water Law Reforms in India (Abingdon: Routledge, 2010), p. 287-310.
 
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Policy Papers

     
Realising the Right to Sanitation in Rural Areas: Towards a New Framework
Policy Paper 2012-03
 
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Co-authored Policy Papers

     
Water Regulatory Authorities in India: The Way Forward?
Policy Paper 2012-04
 
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Briefing Papers

 

India's Sui Generis System of Plant Variety Protection

full text author(s): Sujith Koonan date: 2014  
 

Background Note on Rural Context for the Right to Sanitation in India

full text author(s): Sujith Koonan date: 2013  
 

Background Note on Prohibition of Manual Scavenging and Protection of the Rights of Sanitation Workers in India

full text author(s): Sujith Koonan date: 2013  

Media and other Contributions

     
Making India open defecation free at the cost of gender equality
Iapsdialogue, 03 May 2017.
 

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Groundwater legal regime in India: Towards a paradigm shift
Governance, 12 December 2016.
 

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Swachchh Bharat – Beyond Charity and Symbolism to Legal Rights and Duties
Kafila, 12 January 2015.
 

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A lesser fundamental right to water
The Statesman, 05 March 2015, p. 16.
 

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Plachimada: A long wait for justice
The Statesman, 18 December 2014, p. 16.
 

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