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Sanghamitra Padhy

Sanghamitra PadhyAssociate Professor of Law and Society

Year Joined RCNJ: 2011

Contact Information


  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles
    Doctorate in Political Science, May 2008.

    • Major: Law and Public Policy, Comparative Politics, and Human Rights.
    • Dissertation: Greening Human Rights: A Socio-Legal Analysis of Environmental Human Rights in India.

    Master of Arts in Political Science, 2003.

    • Major: Law and Public Policy.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
    M Phil in Political Studies, 1999.

    • Dissertation: Secularism and Justice: A Review of Indian Supreme Court Judgments.

Convening Groups:

  • Law and Society
  • Environmental Studies
  • Sustainability Studies (Master’s Program)

Courses Offered:

  • Law, Power, Inequality
  • Global Legal Order
  • Social Issues
  • World Sustainability
  • Project Development
  • Research Methods
  • Indian Culture and Society (Study Abroad in India)
  • Sustainability Seminar (for Sustainable Living Facility)

Teaching Interests:

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

Research Interests:

Water Law and Rights, Water Diplomacy, Natural Resources and Public Policy, Environmental Law in Asia-especially India and China, Bioethics, Legal Pluralism, Human Rights.

Recent Publications:

  • 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.
  • 2013, Book Review: The Human Right to Water: Significance, Legal Status And Implications for Water Allocation. by Inga T. Winkler. Oxford and Portland, Oregon: Hart Publishing, 2012. Law and Politics Book Review, Volume 23, No. 12, 2013.
  • 2009, Book Review: “Human Rights for the 21st Century.” Review of Human Rights for the 21st Century: Sovereignty, Civil Society, Culture by Helen Stacy, Stanford University Press, 2009. Law and Politics Book Review. Vol. 20 No.5 (May, 2010) pp.151-154.
  • 2008, Book Review: “Protecting the World’s Children: Impact of the Convention on the Rights of Child in Diverse Systems.” Review of Protecting the World’s Children: Impact of the Convention on the Rights of Child in Diverse Systems by Shaheen Sadar Ali, Savitri Goonesekere, Emilio Garcia Mendez, Rebeca Rios-Kohn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Law and Politics Book Review. Vol. 18 No. 2 (February, 2008) pp.147-151.
  • 2007, 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.
  • 2007, From Green Bench to Green Courts: Executive and Judicial Battles over Environment. Seminar. No. 575, July, 2007


Current Projects:

  • Greening Law: The Supreme Court, Social Groups, and the Environment in India.
  • Ground Water Rights and the Commons: Comparative analysis of water debates in India and US.
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