SOAS University of London



Professor Philippe Cullet
Chair, Centre of Law, Environment and Development
Philippe Cullet
International and domestic law and policy concerning the environment, natural resources, water, sanitation, agriculture, sustainable development, climate change, health; social rights; intellectual property; India.

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  • Room: S338
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00
Professor Thoko Kaime
Member, Law, Environment & Development Centre
Thoko Kaime

Children’s rights, international human rights, climate change, ecosystems services analysis, sustainability analysis, risk analysis and mitigation, African governance issues

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  • Room: S338
  • Academic Support Hours: By Appointment

Professor Martin W Lau
Martin Lau
Laws of South Asia; comparative environmental law, Islamic law
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  • Room: S331
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 09:30–11:00
Dr Birsha Ohdedar
Deputy Director
Birsha Ohdedar

Climate Change, Water, International Law, Human Rights

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  • Room: S337
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 14:00-15:00 and Thursday 11:00-12:00


Dr Feja Lesniewska
Co-founder and Member
Feja Lesniewska

Climate change and energy law, sustainable development, ecosystems law and governance (forests, land, water), smart energy technologies, cryptocurrencies and transnational environmental law.

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  • Room: 4406
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 14.00-16.00

Doctoral Researchers

Mrs Gayathri Naik
Gayathri Naik

Environmental Law, Water Law, Human Rights, Public International Law, Constitutional Law of India, Conflict of Law, Legal Theory, Gender Equality

Faiza Rehman
Faiza Rehman

Faiza holds an LLM in International Commercial and Economic Law from SOAS and an LLB in Law from Brunel University London. She is currently pursuing a PhD from SOAS with her thesis focusing on the intersection of corporate accountability and environmental liability.