Senior Research Associate
B.A.LL.B. (Hons) (O.P. Jindal Global University);
LL.M. (Lewis & Clark Law School)
Harsh Vardhan Bhati is an Indian lawyer specialising in environmental, natural resources and energy law. Currently, Harsh is a Senior Research Associate at the Jindal Global Law School, O. P. Jindal Global University. He attained his B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) degree from Jindal Global Law School. He was awarded the Environmental Ambassador LL.M. Award to pursue an LL.M. in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law at Lewis & Clark Law School, USA. Prior to joining JGLS, Harsh practiced as an Environmental Lawyer and admitted to the Indian Bar Council in 2015. He worked as Legal Counsel at the Office of Additional Advocate General of the State of Rajasthan and represented State Departments of Forest, Mining, Environment, Petroleum, and Law & Justice before the Hon’ble High Court of Rajasthan. Harsh has also worked as an In-House Counsel and Legal Research Associate at the Bengaluru-based Environment Support Group (ESG), an International NGO dedicated to legal advocacy for vulnerable communities and ecosystems across the Indian subcontinent. He worked on a broad range of environmental and human rights campaign and Court cases namely, municipal waste management in urban and rural Bengaluru, Science City Project and diversion of grassland in Challakere, conservation of lakes in Bengaluru, tree felling issues, etc.
During his LL.M, he received ample of opportunities to deepen his interest in comparative environmental law. As part of the International Environmental Law Project (IELP), he worked as a Law-Clerk on a legal project regarding Japan’s new whaling regulation “New Scientific Whale Research Program in the Antarctic Ocean” (NEWREP-A) and Standard of Review under Annex VII Arbitration. During his time at JGLS and Lewis & Clark Law School, USA, he received opportunities to contribute toward legal and social advocacy in Ecuador and Amazon Rainforest, Brazil regarding rights of indigenous people under International environmental law and constitutional law of respective countries. In Ecuador, he conducted research on the freedom to practice religion and culture under Ecuador’s Constitution and the scope of Article 11 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples with respect to indigenous communities who were impacted by large-scale gold mining projects near Quimsacocha. In Amazon rainforest Brazil, he worked as a faculty member and facilitator of a sustainable leadership program and also taught classes on global challenges to environment and the role of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. As a student at JGLS, he participated in “Cross-National Human Rights and Rural Governance Clinic”: a joint project with Cornell Law School.
Harsh has published in international law journals and written reports on waste management and bonded tenancy. His primary research interest includes environmental law & policy, environmental justice litigation, sustainable use of energy and natural resources, and rights of nature (legal Personhood).