SOAS University of London

Zainab Lokhandwala

BSL LLB (ILS Law College Pune, India), LLM International & Comparative Law (NUJS Kolkata, India), LLM Environmental Law (SOAS)
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Zainab Lokhandwala
Law, Environment and Development Centre (LEDC)


Ms Zainab Lokhandwala
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Thesis title:
Protecting Indian Farmers’ Biocultural Heritage: Moving Beyond Fragmented and Insufficient Farmers’ Rights to Traditional Knowledge and Access and Benefit Sharing
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Year of Entry 2018
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Zainab Lokhandwala is a lawyer and researcher currently pursuing her PhD from SOAS. Her PhD thesis is based on protecting bio-cultural rights of Indian farmers within the larger context of sustainable food systems and food sovereignty. She is interested in exploring this topic through the lens of legal pluralism, by engaging in a comparative analysis of environmental values in different legal systems at the national and local levels. She recently completed her LLM at SOAS in Environmental Law. Previously Zainab has worked as an advocate in Kolkata (India) in matters of environmental law, consumer protection, family law and banking. In Kolkata, she also worked at the Centre for Regulatory Studies, Governance and Public Policy (CRSGPP) at the National University of Juridical Science (NUJS), and later moved to New Delhi to work at the Centre for Comparative Law (CCL) at the National Law University Delhi. She has also taught environmental law at NUJS as a Teaching Assistant. Her publications and research have focused on environmental standards under international trade law, groundwater law and policy, forest laws and rights of indigenous peoples. Zainab graduated from ILS Law College, Pune (India) in 2014 and obtained her LLM degree in International & Comparative Law from WBNUJS in 2015.


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