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Sanghamitra Padhy

Sanghamitra PadhyAssociate Professor of Law and Society

Year Joined RCNJ: 2011

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
  • MA in Political Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
  • MPhil and MA in Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • BA in Political Science, Lady Shriram College, Delhi University.

Convening Groups:

  • Law and Society
  • Environmental Studies
  • Sustainability

Founding co-editor, Ramapo Journal of Law and Society

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Law and Society
  • Law, Power, and Inequality
  • Global Legal Order
  • International Law
  • Law and Sustainability
  • Comparative Environmental Law
  • Socio-Legal Research and Writing
  • Field Studies
  • Senior Seminar
  • Senior Thesis
  • World Sustainability
  • Social Issues
  • Environmental Studies Seminar
  • Human Rights Challenges at Home and Around the World (First Year Seminar)
  • Indian Culture and Society (Study Abroad in India)
  • Social Movements, Human Rights, and Media in India (Study Abroad in India)

Teaching Interests:

Law and Society, Sustainability and the Law, Environmental Policy and Law, Comparative Environmental Law, International Law, Human Rights, Indian Politics and Society.

Research Interests:

Environmental Human Rights, Environmental Justice, Human Right to Water, Environmental Law in Asia-especially India, Bioethics, Legal Pluralism, Human Rights.


  • 2021, Human Rights Policy and Sustainable Development Goals. In: Leal Filho, W., Marisa Azul, A., Brandli, L., Lange Salvia, A., Gökçin Özuyar, P., Wall, T. (eds) Reduced Inequalities. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham.
  • 2021, Book Review. Animal Intimacies by Radhika Govindrajan, University of Chicago Press, 2018.
  • 2014, Toward Green Bioethics and Health Rights: Lessons from Bhopal and Fukushima. In Global Bioethics and Human Rights: Contemporary Issues, edited by Wanda Teays, John-Stewart Gordon, and Alison Dundes Renteln, Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 370-384.
  • 2007, From Green Bench to Green Courts: Executive and Judicial Battles over Environment. Seminar. No. 575, July.
  • 2004, Secularism and Justice: A Case Study of Indian Supreme Court Judgments. Economic and Political Weekly. Volume 39, No. 46-47, 2004, pp.5027-5032. Reprinted in B.D Dua, Rekha Saxena and M.P Singh. (Ed.). Indian Judiciary and Politics: The Changing Landscape. New Delhi: Manohar, 2007, pp.287-302.

Current Projects:

  • Environmental Human Rights in India
  • Delhi Air Pollution
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