Abhayraj Naik

Visiting Faculty


Visiting Faculty, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru

Co-Founder, Initiative for Climate Action

Member, Board of Urban Studies, Bengaluru Central University


Academic Programmes

5-Year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.)




  • LLM, Yale Law School, New Haven – 2009
  • BA LLB (Hons.), National Law School of India University, Bangalore – 2006


  • Climate Justice Practice (intensive practice seminar)


Abhayraj Naik describes himself an activist-academic, community builder, and system practitioner. His work focuses on art, ecology, education, justice, technology, and transformation. He is a co-founder of a nonprofit organisation called the Initiative for Climate Action, a visiting faculty member at the Azim Premji University, a justice and transformation consultant, and an advisor to a number of progressive social and environmental causes in India and other parts of the world. He is the vision-holder for an online resource space Climate Justice India as well as for an emergent network called the South Asia Network for Justice Education. Abhayraj is currently also building an alternative learning centre in Bengaluru, India to give space for spiritual expression at this moment of ecological breakdown.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/abhayrajnaik


Current research projects include interdisciplinary studies of urban street vending, information privacy, fiduciary duties, forgiveness, biopiracy, and criminal justice reform.



  • Joint Reflections on Decolonising Experiential Learning and Clinical Legal Education, 68 WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF LAW & POLICY (2022) [co-author]
  • Framework for a Collective Definition of Regenerative Agriculture in India, 5(1) ECOLOGY, ECONOMY, AND SOCIETY – THE INSEE JOURNAL (2022) [co-author]
  • What if technology helped us rebalance power and find meaning? Towards a regenerative theory of technology, Medium, 4th May 2021 [co-author]
  • Opinion: No Climate Concerns in India’s draft green rules, India Climate Dialogue, 24th August 2020 [coauthor]
  • Violent Beasts and Legal Animals, in RETHINKING LAW AND VIOLENCE IN INDIA (edited by Latika Vashisth and Jyoti Dogra and published by Oxford University Press in collaboration with the Indian Law Institute, 2020) [co-author]
  • Law’s Nature: Transformative Environmental Constitutionalism in the Supreme Court of India, SEMINAR MAGAZINE, September 2019
  • India’s Domestic Climate Policy is Fragmented and Lacks Clarity, ECONOMIC & POLITICAL WEEKLY ENGAGE, Vol. 54, Issue No. 7, 16 February, 2019 [co-author]
  • Crisis, Sustainability and Environmental Justice in India, SOCIO-LEGAL REVIEW FORUM, 8 November 2018
  • Opinion: Why are Indians immune to reckless police brutality against protestors, SCROLL.IN, 17 April 2018 [coauthor]
  • Bharat/India, Diversity/Plurality and the Constitution, SOCIO-LEGAL REVIEW FORUM, 11 February 2018 [co-author]
  • Crafting Justice with Ethical Experiential Education, LAW AND OTHER THINGS blog, 6 January 2018
  • Privacy at the Stake in the Indian Supreme Court, SOCIO-LEGAL REVIEW FORUM, 23 August 2017
  • Wizards at Making a Virtue of Necessity: Street Vending in India, 11 SOC. L. Rev. (2015)
  • Contextualising Urban Livelihoods: Street Vending in India, LGDI BLOG, March 2013
  • Why the Supreme Court is not the Bulwark of the Constitution it is made out to be, ECONOMIC TIMES, January 2013 [co-author]
  • Why we need to keep talking loudly about rape laws, MyLaw.net, January 2013
  • Imperative Values of a Logical Forgiveness, 6 SOC. L. Rev. 101 (2010)
  • Sarendib’s Sorrow: Sri Lanka’s Continuing Conflict, 4 SOC. L. REV. (2008)
  • Pharmaceutical Patents and Health Care, 2 SOC. L. REV. (2006)
  • Nursing the big boys, HIMAL SOUTHASIAN (October 2006)
  • The Communication of Offer and Acceptance: An Overview of the Position under the Indian Contract Act, 1872, LAW & SOCIETY TRUST REVIEW 32 (2003)


  • Recommendations on Using Digitalisation for our Common Future, Policy Network on Environment and Digitalisation, Internet Governance Forum (2022) [co-author]
  • Articulating Digital and Environmental Justices: A North-South Conversation, Just Net Coalition (JNC), Tricontinental Center (CETRI), and The Association for Progressive Communication (APC) (2022) [co-editor]
  • Conducting a study with regard to significant impact of the activities that are not covered under the EIA Notification, 2006, Environment Management and Policy Research Institute, Government of Karnataka (March 2014) [co-author]
  • Forfeiting Our Commons – A Case for Protecting and Conserving Challakere’s Amrit Mahal Kavals as Livelihoods- Supporting, Biodiversity-Rich, and Ecologically Sensitive Grassland Ecosystems, Environment Support Group – Bengaluru (2013) [co-author]
  • Wise Use, Conservation, Protection, Rehabilitation and Appropriate Governance of Lakes as Commons in Karnataka, Environment Support Group – Bengaluru (2012) [co-author]
  • Module on ‘Law of Torts, including Motor Vehicle Accidents, and Consumer Protection Law’, Preparatory Material for the All India Bar Exam – Book 2, Bar Council of India (2010)
  • Justice without Delay: Recommendations for Legal and Institutional Reforms in the Indian Courts, Centre for Public Law & Jurisprudence, Jindal Global Law School (2010) [co-author]
  • Green Tapism: A Review of the Environment Impact Assessment Notification 2006, Environment Support Group (2007) [co-author]