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)


Mr Birsha Ohdedar
Email address:
Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)
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Academic Support Hours:
Wednesday 16.00 - 17.00 (Term 2 only)
Thesis title:
Realising the Human Right to Water in the Context of Climate Change in India
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Birsha Ohdedar is a lawyer and researcher working on environmental, climate change and human rights issues. His doctoral research at SOAS is on the human right to water in the context of climate change with a regional focus on India. Birsha also practises as a Senior 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, a global law firm based in London. Since 2014, he has also been engaged as a Legal Officer with Legal Response International, attending UN climate change negotiations and providing legal advice to climate vulnerable developing countries and civil society organisations. Birsha is also an assistant editor of the Law, Environment and Development Journal.

 At SOAS, Birsha teaches Law & Natural Resources, Climate Change and Energy Law and Policy, Global Energy and Climate Policy (at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy) as well as Contract Law. Birsha’s research interests are in environmental and climate justice, water law, political ecology, international climate change law, and the relationship between human rights and the environment.

 Birsha’s emerging scholarship in his areas of research has been published in several academic journals, edited volumes, and news media. His recent publications include: ‘Groundwater Law, Abstraction, and Responding to Climate Change: Assessing Recent Law Reforms in British Columbia and England’ 42/6 Water International 691-708 (2017); ‘Loss and Damage From the Impacts of Climate Change: A Framework for Implementation‘ 85/1 Nordic Journal of International Law 1-36 (2016);‘Critical Gaps in West Bengal’s Sand Mining Reforms’ (27 July 2017).

 Birsha holds an LLM (Environmental Law) from SOAS and a BA/LLB from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.