• LLB,  Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam
  • LLM in International Legal Studies,  South Asian University, New Delhi
  • MA in Public Administration, IGNOU
  • PhD in Environmental Law, SOAS University of London (Commonwealth Scholar)


Gayathri previously was Assistant Professor at the National Law University, New Delhi, where she also coordinated the NLU-D – SOAS Summer School on Climate Law and Justice supported by the British Council Exploratory Grant. She has also worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in SOAS.

She is a member of specialist groups of the IUCN-WCEL ( International Union for Conservation of Nature – World Commission on Environmental Law). These groups include ‘Water and Wetland Group’, ‘Early Career Specialists Group’, and ‘Compliance and Enforcement Group’, as well as the Law, Environment and Development Centre at SOAS. She is also an editor on transboundary water issues with the Global Water Forum.  She has published articles and book chapters on various dimensions of water law in journals and books published by OUP, Brill, Routledge and EE. She has also presented her work at different institutions, including Vermont Law School, UCL, KCL and Sussex University.

Research Interests

Environmental Law, Water Law and Policy, Water Justice, Tort Law and Human Rights.


Journal Articles:

  • Gayathri D Naik, ‘Rivers as Legal Personalities in India and Bangladesh From an Eco-Centric Perspective: Balancing Developmental Needs and Environmental Protection’ [special issue on Water Law] (2022) 6 Chinese Journal of Environmental Law  253 ( co-authored).
  • Gayathri D. Naik, (2022). ‘Role of Courts in Ensuring Water Justice in India: Brasilia Declaration on Water Justice and Beyond’ (2022) 11(1) Christ University Law Journal, 11(1) 59 ( Invited Article).
  • Gayathri D. Naik, ‘Right to Environment in India: From a Gender Perspective’, (2020) 21 (3) Vermont Journal of Environmental Law 371.
  • Gayathri D. Naik, ‘Groundwater Regulation in India: Applicability of Public Trust Doctrine and Right to Participation in Decision Making to Achieve Right to Water’ (2018) 2 Asian YB Hum Rts & Human L 327.

Book Chapters:

  • Gayathri D.Naik, ‘Realising sustainable development and water justice in India through procedural justice’ in Alan Diduck, Kirit Patel, Aruna Malik (ed) Advancing Environmental Justice for Marginalised Communities in India: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities (Routledge 2021) 53-64.; ISBN 9780367692810
  • Gayathri D Naik, ‘Saga of Indo-US Climate Contestation and Co-operation: A Legal Analysis’ in Svetha Dhaliwal(ed) Indo-US Relations
    Steering through the Changing World Order
    (Routledge 2021) 60-80.; ISBN 9781032253374(co-authored).

Book Reviews:

  • Book Review: Raghav Kishore, The (Un)Governable City: Productive Failure in the Making of Colonial Delhi, 1858-1911 ( Orient BlackSwan. 2020) LSE Review of Books (August 5 2021)
  • Book Review: Lucas Chancel, Unsustainable Inequalities: Social Justice and the Environment (Harvard University Press 2020) LSE Review of Books (March 5 2021)
  • Book Review: Anindya Bhukta, Legal Protection for Traditional Knowledge: Towards A New Law for Indigenous Intellectual Property (Emerald Publishing 2020) LSE Review of Books (December 10, 2020)
  • Book Review: Navroz K. Dubash (ed), India in a Warming World: Integrating Climate Change and Development (OUP 2020) LSE Review of Books (April 27 2020)
  • Book Review: Andrea Ballestero, A Future History of Water (Duke University Press 2019) LSE Review of Books (November 4 2019)
  • Book review : Ijaz Hussain, ‘Indus Water Treaty, Political and Legal Dimensions’ [OUP 2017] South Asia@LSE (March 15 2019)
  • Gayathri D Naik, Review of Gabriel Eckstein, The International Law of Transboundary Groundwater Resources (Earthscan 2017) in Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law (2019), Volume 22 Issue 1, Edward Elgar) 176.; ISSN: 18758258
  • Book review: Jagannath Prasad Mishra, “Madan Mohan Malaviya and the Indian Freedom Movement” [OUP 2016] South Asia@LSE (December 4 2018)
  • Gayathri D Naik, Review of Leslie -Anne Duvic-Paoli Prevention Principle in International Environmental Law (CUP 2018) pp:390 ISBN:978-1-108-42941-2 9 in (2018) 29 Yearbook of International Environmental Law 522; ISSN 0965-1721.

 Media/Blog articles: