SOAS University of London

School of Law

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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G D Naik
Law, Environment and Development Centre (LEDC)


Ms Gayathri Naik
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Working title: Critical analysis of the impact of water related subsidies on groundwater regulation in India
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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. Her research interests include Public International Law, Water law, International Environmental Law, Private International law and Human rights.

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 resources are the main source of drinking water, agriculture and industrial use in the Indian subcontinent. India is one of the major exploiters of groundwater in the world. With the increased relaince on groundwater and unscientific ways of accessing this resource, water table in several parts of India is falling at an alarming rate. Amongst other factors, water related subsidies by the State is one of the major contributor for over exploitation. This these focuses on water related subsidies in India and its impact on groundwater regulation thorugh an empirical approacj. In this work she tries to analyse the socio-economic and environmental impacts of water related subsidies in INdia and the need for legally regulating them to bring effective groundwater protection and conservation.


Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom

High Court of  Kerala

European Society of International Law


Public International Law, Environmental Law, Water Law, Human Rights and Private International Law