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Birsha Ohdedar is a researcher and lawyer. He is currently pursuing a PhD at SOAS, University of London on the human right to water and climate change in India. Birsha holds a BA/LLB from the University of Auckland and an LLM in Environmental Law from SOAS, University of London. Birsha is a qualified solicitor in New Zealand and has previously worked in the Environment & Climate Change team at Simmons & Simmons, a global law firm based in London. For the past few years, he has also been engaged as a Legal Officer with the Legal Response Initiative, attending U.N climate change negotiations and providing legal advice to climate vulnerable developing countries and civil society observer organisations. He holds a strong interest in human rights, having previously worked with human rights organisations in India, including the Alternative Law Forum and EQUATIONS. Birsha is an Associate Editor of the Law, Environment and Development Journal. His research interests include the relationship between human rights and the environment, water law and international climate change law.

Email: bohdedar 'at' ielrc 'dot' org


Articles and book chapters

The Human Right to Water in India: In search of an alternative commons-based approach in the context of climate change
in Tobais Haller, Thomas Breu, Tine de Moor, Christian Rohr, and Heinzpeter Zonj, (eds.) The Commons in a Glocal World: Global Connections and Local Responses (Routledge 2019), p. 475-492.

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Groundwater Law, Abstraction, and Responding to Climate Change - assessing recent law reforms in British Columbia and England
Water International (2017)

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Loss and Damage from the Impacts of Climate Change: A Framework for Implementation
85(1), Nordic Journal of International Law (2016) 1-36.

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Media and other Contributions

Critical Gap in West Bengals Sand Mining Reforms
Third Pole, 25 July 2017.

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Land Acquisition for Tourism: A review of state practices, laws and policies
Equations Working Paper Series, 02 February 2012.

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