• B.A., LL.B. (Hons.), National Law School of India University, Bangalore
  • LL.M. Legal Theory, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • M.Sc. Environmental Sciences, University of Cologne, Germany


Mrinalini Shinde is an environmental lawyer, lecturer researcher based at the University of Cologne in Germany. She currently manages the International Master of Environmental Sciences programme and is affiliated with the INGENIoS (Indo-German Network Interaction of Scientists) projects at the Environmental Law Center of the University of Cologne. Her previous role was as a Fellow at the Legal Affairs division of the UNFCCC secretariat in intergovernmental matters, treaty implementation and capacity-building. She has previously litigated cases in environmental, civil and criminal law as an Advocate in India; and advised the climate media non-profit, ‘Climate Tracker Inc.’ as Policy Associate. She is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Laws at the Faculty of Law, University of Cologne, & Doctor of Comparative Law at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne; her doctoral work focuses on corporate liability for the crime of ecocide.

Research Interests

  • International Climate Law
  • Corporate environmental crime
  • International environmental law
  • Carbon Taxes and Carbon Pricing
  • Decolonisation & TWAIL Approaches in IEL


Book Chapters

  • Mrinalini Shinde, The Implementation of the Paris Agreement through Tax Law: Examples from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, Chapter 7 in Globalisation, Environmental law and Sustainable Development in the Global South: Challenges for Implementation (Kirk W. Junker and Paolo Davide Farah eds; Routledge: 2021) ISBN 9780367749132.
  • Environmental Law Across Cultures: Comparisons for Legal Practice (Kirk W. Junker ed. 1st edn.; Routledge: 2019) ISBN: 9780367028268; Author of the following chapters:
    • Ch. 4: “Resolution of Environmental Disputes,” Vanessa Johnston…, et al… & Mrinalini Shinde;
    • Ch. 7: “Public Participation,” Mrinalini Shinde, Tsegai Berhane Ghebretekle & Kirk W. Junker;
    • Ch. 10: “Environmental Crime and Enforcement,” Mrinalini Shinde.
  • Mrinalini Shinde, Environmental Law of India, Chapter 28 in Comparative Environmental Law and Regulation (Elizabeth Burleson, Lin-Heng Lye & Nicholas A. Robinson eds.; Thomson Reuters; 2018) ISBN: 9780379012514.

Journal Articles