SOAS University of London

Birsha Ohdedar

BA LLB (University of Auckland, New Zealand), LLM (SOAS, London), PhD (SOAS, London)


Birsha Ohdedar
Law, Environment and Development Centre (LEDC)


Dr Birsha Ohdedar
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Birsha Ohdedar is a Lecturer in Law at the School of Law & Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex and a Member of the SOAS Law, Environment and Development Centre.

His current work focuses on environmental and climate justice, natural resource (particularly water), human rights, climate change litigation, and political ecology and the law. He has a regional interest in India. He recently completed his PhD, titled ‘Human right to water, justice and climate change: examining multiple interactions through a case study of India’ at the School of Law at SOAS.

Birsha studied law at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and at SOAS, University of London. Prior to academia, he practised as a solicitor in areas of environment and climate change law in law firms in London (Cleantech Cadre and Simmons & Simmons) and New Zealand. He also previously worked with Legal Response International, attending UN climate change negotiations and providing legal advice to climate vulnerable developing countries, and worked with human rights lawyers collectives and NGOs in India on land rights and labour issues.

Birsha’s emerging scholarship in his areas of research has been published in several academic journals, edited volumes, and news media. His recent publications and can be accessed here:


International Environmental Law Centre (IELRC); Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE); IUCN World Commission of Environmental Law (IUCN); SOAS Law, Environment and Development Centre