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Prof. Zainab Lokhandwala

Prof. Zainab Lokhandwala

Ph.D., SOAS University of London (United Kingdom)*

LL.M., SOAS University of London (United Kingdom)

LL.M., WBNUJS, Kolkata (India)

BSL LL.B., ILS Law College, Pune (India)

*Expected completion – August 2023

Previously,  Prof. Zainab Lokhandwala was a teaching fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where she is currently a final year doctoral scholar. Her PhD aims at improving farmers’ control and autonomy over biogenetic resources. Zainab has convened and taught courses at SOAS such as international environmental law, law and natural resources, multinational enterprises, and water law. She is a member of the Law, Environment and Development Centre at SOAS and has successfully organised a seminar series during 2021-22 at the Centre. Previously Zainab has worked at Centre for Comparative Law (CCL) at the National Law University Delhi; and at the Centre for Regulatory Studies, Governance and Public Policy at the National University of Juridical Sciences Kolkata. Her research and publications focus on environmental impacts of agriculture, food sovereignty, land rights of forest dwellers and agrarian communities, and environmental standards under international trade law. Zainab has obtained an LLM in Environmental Law from SOAS in 2018 (first in her class) and an LLM degree in International and Comparative Law from NUJS in 2015 (first in her class). She graduated from ILS Law College Pune in 2014 with an overall Rank 3 in Pune University.

Zainab Lokhandwala is interested in developing, formulating, and applying environmental law and policy. Her research interests lie in related areas of agricultural law and policy, food regimes, food sovereignty, human rights, land and livelihood entitlements and climate change. She has an expertise in the South Asian, Sub-Saharan African, and Middle East and North African (MENA) regions. She is currently working on examining the environmental impacts of industrialised agriculture; improving water governance in India and Africa; introducing food sovereignty rights in India; and advocating for stronger biogenetic rights over seeds and germplasm that can lead to the conservation of traditional foods, wild foods and landraces.


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