SOAS University of London

Birsha Ohdedar

BA LLB (University of Auckland, New Zealand), LLM (SOAS, London)
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Birsha Ohdedar
Law, Environment and Development Centre (LEDC)


School of Law

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Mr Birsha Ohdedar
Email address:
Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)
Office No:
Academic Support Hours:
Wednesday 16.00 - 17.00
Thesis title:
Realising the human right to water in the age of Climate Change
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Birsha Ohdedar is a PhD Candidate at the School of Law. His PhD research is on the human right to water in the context of climate change with a regional focus on India. Birsha has a BA/LLB from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and an LLM from SOAS. At SOAS, Birsha teaches law and natural resources, global energy and climate policy (at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy) as well as contract law. His research interests are on relationship between human rights and the environment, political ecology and law, and climate change. Birsha’s emerging scholarship in the area has been published in several academic journals, edited volumes, and news media. 

 In addition to his work at SOAS, Birsha practises as a solicitor at Cleantech Cadre, a specialist law firm based in London that focuses on renewable energy, climate change and environmental law. He previously worked at Simmons & Simmons in London and at law firms, NGOs, and community legal centres in New Zealand and India. Since 2014, he has also been engaged as a Legal Officer with the Legal Response Initiative, attending UN climate change negotiations and providing legal advice to climate vulnerable developing countries and NGOs. 

Birsha is an assistant editor of the Law, Environment and Development Journal and is also associated with the International Environmental Law Centre.