Birsha Ohdedar is a lawyer and researcher on environmental law and policy issues. He is currently pursuing an MPhil/PhD researching on the human right to water and climate change and is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the Faculty of Law. Birsha is a qualified solicitor in New Zealand and has recently been working in the Renewable Energy and Climate Change department at Simmons & Simmons (London). He has also been engaged as an ad-hoc Legal Officer with the Legal Response Initiative, attending the international climate negotiations and providing legal advice and assistance to vulnerable developing countries. Birsha holds a strong interest in human rights, having previously worked with human rights organisations in India, including the Alternative Law Forum and EQUATIONS. Birsha has an LLM in Environmental Law from SOAS and BA/LLB from the University of Auckland.
Birsha has presented papers at workshops on groundwater law and climate change. He has a forthcoming publication: “Loss and Damage for Climate Change: A Framework for Implementation under the UNFCCC.” (Nordic Journal of International Law, in press, 2016); and has also previously written on land acquisition issues in India: ‘Land Acquisition for Tourism: A Review of State Practices, Laws and Policies’(EQUATIONS Working Paper Series, 2012) 83.