Professor Lavanya Rajamani

Professor of International Environmental Law


Lavanya Rajamani is Professor of International Environmental Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, and Yamani Fellow in Public International Law, St Peter's College, Oxford.

Professor Rajamani writes, teaches and advises on international environmental law, in particular international climate change law and policy. Her academic work on the international climate change regime is informed by extensive practice.

As one of the international Climate Crisis Advisory Group, the 'Independent Sage for climate', she is providing information and guidance on the climate and biodiversity crises for the public, governments and financial institutions.

She is Coordinating Lead Author of the chapter on ‘International Cooperation’ in the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

She was part of the UNFCCC core drafting and advisory team at the 2015 Paris negotiations.

Professor Rajamani has also served as Rapporteur for the International Law Association’s Committee on Legal Principles Relating to Climate Change, and as Research Director for the Hague Academy of International Law’s Centre for Studies and Research.
Her work on the climate negotiations includes as a negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States, and legal advisor to the UN Climate Secretariat, the Danish Ministry of Climate Change and the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests.

She is also involved in differing capacities, but in particular in providing the evidence base, in current and prospective climate cases before national and international courts.

Her latest book titled, Innovation and Experimentation in the International Climate Change Regime, is based on a Special Course she delivered at the Hague Academy of International Law. Her previous book International Climate Change Law (Oxford University Press, UK, 2017), co-authored with Daniel Bodansky and Jutta Brunnée, won the 2018 American Society of International Law Certificate of Merit in a Specialized Area of International Law.


  • International environmental law
  • International climate change law and policy
  • Climate change negotiations

Media experience

Professor Rajamani has experience of interviews including for national print and broadcast.