SOAS University of London

School of Law

Mrs Gayathri Naik

BAL.LLB (Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala), LLM (South Asian University, New Delhi) ,M.A Public Administration (Indira Gandhi Open University, New Delhi)
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Gayathri Naik
School of Law

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Law, Environment and Development Centre (LEDC)


Mrs Gayathri Naik
Email address:
Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)
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Academic Support Hours:
Friday 14:00 - 15:00
Thesis title:
Water-related Subsidies and Groundwater Regulation in India: Social and Environmental Dimensions
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Gayathri D Naik, lawyer enrolled in India, holds BAL.LLB from Government Law College, Ernakulum affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala; M.A Public Administration from Indira Gandhi Open University, New Delhi and LLM in International Legal Studies from South Asian University, New Delhi. She bagged First Rank in M G University for BAL.LLB and South Asian University Gold Medal for being the topper of Masters Course. She has qualified the National Eligibility Test for teaching conducted by University Grants Commission of India securing Junior Research Fellowship. She is presently a Commonwealth Scholar, 2017 from India.

She has presented papers in several conferences and her papers had been accepted in national and international conferences including UNCITRAL 50th world congress on“ Modernizing International Trade Law to Support Innovation and Sustainable Development” held in Vienna, 2017 and XXII Nuclear Inter Jura 2016 on the theme “The Future of Nuclear Law: Addressing Societal, Environmental, and Business Expectations” conducted by Nuclear Law Association,India and INLA in New Delhi, 2016.

PhD Research

Groundwater constitutes the main source of water for drinking, domestic use, irrigation and industrial demands in India which makes the country, the major groundwater user and exploiter in the world. Excessive reliance on groundwater results in falling of water table and deterioration of water quality in several areas. Existing legal scenario and government policies of providing water-related subsidies to various sectors severely influences groundwater extraction. This doctoral research aims to examine the implications of water-related subsidies on groundwater access and extraction and assess it from social and environmental equity dimensions. It also examines how the existing legal framework addresses the issues caused by water-related subsidies on quality and quantity of groundwater and how harmonisation of developmental and environmental conservation aspects could be achieved through application of certain environmental law principles to ensure sustainable development of groundwater resources.


Gayathri D Naik, ‘Groundwater Regulation in India: Applicability of Public Trust Doctrine and Right to Participation in Decision Making to achieve Right to Water’, in Javaid Rehman and Ayesha Shahid(eds) Asian Year Book of Human Rights And Humanitarian Law ( volume 2, Brill | Nijhoff 2018). Chapter DOI: 10.1163/9789004346888_012


  • Paper titled, ‘Intersectoral water allocation of groundwater in India and water scarcity in cities: Human right to water v Human right to food?’  presented in the 2018 IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium, on ‘THE TRANSFORMATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND GOVERNANCE: INNOVATION, RISK AND RESILIENCE’ at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (July 4-6, 2018).
  • Presented a paper titled- ‘Nonstate actors and turbulent water: Role of Non-State Actors in development, management and dispute settlement in International Water Law’ in the 10th PH.D. colloquium in SOAS (8 June 2018).
  • Paper titled ‘Analysis of Child Rights and Access to Safe Drinking Water in India’ presented at One-day Workshop on CHILDREN’S RIGHT TO HEALTH organized by Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies and Health (CORTH) School of Global Studies, University of Sussex (11th December 2017).


High Court of Kerala

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom

European Society of International Law

IUCN- World Commision on Environmental Law


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