Dr. Kavitha Chalakkal

Dr. Kavitha Chalakkal

Education

Ph.D in Public International Law (Jawaharlal Nehru University: Centre for International Legal Studies, School of International Studies, New Delhi); Master of Philosophy (M Phil) in Public International Law (Jawaharlal Nehru University: in Public International Law, Centre for International Legal Studies, School of International Studies, New Delhi); Master of Laws (LLM) in Intellectual Property Law and Environmental Law (Cochin University of Science and Technology, School of Legal Studies, Cochin, Kerala); Bachelor of Laws (BALLB) ( Kerala University, Kerala Law Academy Law College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala).

Bio

Dr Kavitha Chalakkal is currently an Assistant Director (Research) and Assistant Professor (Senior Grade) in Lloyd Law College. She has an experience of more than 8 years in academics and in national and international non-governmental sector. Dr Chalakkal received her PhD (2014) in International Environmental Law from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, after completing her L.L.M. in Intellectual Property and Environmental Law (2006; Cochin Universtiy of Science and Technology, Kerala) and M.Phil. in Public International Law (2008; Jawaharlal Nehru University). She received her bachelor's degree (L.L.B.) from Kerala University in 2003. Before starting her career in academics, Dr Chalakkal worked with various non-government organizations, including the Wildlife Trust of India, a leading Indian wildlife conservation organization, as the Officer in Charge (2013-14) of its Enforcement and Law Division. Dr. Chalakkal has many publications and presented papers in various international and national conferences. She has also won best paper and presenter awards in two international conferences. A member of the World Commission on Protected Areas and World Commission on Environmental Law, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), she has also been a Fox Foundation Research Fellow to the Yale University, USA, during 2009-10. Dr Chalakkal has also developed study modules (2016) for Post-Graduate Courses for the Pathshala project of the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India.

Professional Membership

  • Member, World Commission on Environmental Law, International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • Member, World Commission on Protected Areas, International Union for Conservation of Nature.
  • Associate Member, Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi.

Fellowships and Awards:

  • Fellow 2010, Fox Foundation, Yale University, USA: The Fox International Fellowship Program is a competitive, direct two-way student exchange partnership between Yale and 11 leading universities.
  • Research Fellow, China-South Asia Legal Research Center, China Law Society, January 2018.
  • Best Presenter at the 2nd International Conference on the Contemporary Legal Issues, School of Law, Galgotias University, Greater Noida, March 2018.
  • Best Presenter and Paper at the CLEA Conference on Comparative Constitutional Law: Developments and its Teaching Techniques in Commonwealth Nations, School of Legal Studies, Mody University, Rajasthan, September, 2018.
  • First rank, Common Admission Test to LL.M, Cochin University of Science and Technology

Curriculum Development

  • Developed four MOOC e-Content (study modules, 2016) for Post-Graduate Courses for the Pathshala project, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India: (1) Environmental Crimes; (2) International law and the Protection of the Antarctica and the Arctic; (3) Protection of Global Commons: High Seas and the Outer Space; and (4) Coastal Regulation Laws in India.

PUBLICATIONS and PRESENTATIONS

Publications
Journals and Seminar Proceedings
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2018) “Transparency and Right to Information in the Non-Governmental Organisations and Private Institutions Performing Public Functions”, Journal of Campus Law Centre [ISSN: 2321-4716];
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2018) “Working Requirements” in the Patent System: A Critical Analysis”, in Dr Kiran Gardner, Nizam Khan et al, (eds) Lex Et Societatis- Contemporary Legal Issues, Infinity Publishing, New Delhi. [ISBN: 978-93-87910-06-5];
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2017), Effectiveness of Judiciary: The Importance of Structural Reforms for A Developing Country, in National Law Day- 2017 conference proceeding organized by Law Commission of India &Niti Aayog, Government of India.
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2016), Case Comment on South China Sea Arbitration Award, Amity Law Review, Amity Law School, Delhi [ISSN 2249-2232];
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2016), Case review of India – Certain Measures Relating to Solar Cells and Solar Modules (WT/DS/456), Journal of Law and Public Policy, NLSIU: Bangalore Vol 3, 2016 [ISSN:2350-1200] ;
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2016), “Forest Dwellers Rights over Natural Resources in National Conference on Marginalized Sections”, in Gupta Pallavi (Ed) Law and Society: Social Change of Marginalised Sections of Society, Regal Publishers, Delhi, India, [ISBN: 978-81-8484-62-1] ;
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2016), “International Institutions for Conservation of Biodiversity”, in Sehgal, B.P.S (ed) Isues and Challenges of Public International Law, Delhi:Universal Publishers, [ISBN: 978-93-5143-811-3];
  • Mona Sharma and Kavitha Chalakkal (2015), “Changing the Electoral System from Inside out: Building as Case for Intra Party Democracy” in Electoral Law Reforms in India, Coprorate Law Adviser Publisher, Delhi [ISBN: 975-93-84345-13-6]
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2009), “Changing Scenario of patent Protection for Pharmaceutical Products – Implications for the Consumer”, Common Cause Journal; April – June 2009;
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2006), “Strengthening Inland Water Laws of Kerala”, Strengthening Water Laws in Kerala, 2006 Workshop, the Government of Kerala and School of Legal Studies. (Published by Government of Kerala).
Annual Reports
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2014), “Trade in Endangered Species”, Fauchald, O.K., et al (Eds) Yearbook of International Environmental Law: New York: Oxford University Press; 2014; 25 (1): ISSN 0965-1721 pp 283-304
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2013), “Trade in Endangered Species”, Fauchald, O.K., et al (Eds) Yearbook of International Environmental Law: UK: Oxford University Press; 2011 (22), ISSN 0965-1721 pp 289-308;
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2011), “Trade in Endangered Species”, in Fauchald, O.K., et al (Eds) Yearbook of International Environmental Law: New York: Oxford University Press; 2009 (20), ISSN 0965-1721 pp 301-310; Annual Reports for IUCN Academy of Environmental Law e-Journal
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2014), Country Report: India, IUCN Academy of Environmental Law e-Journal (ISSN –1929-6088), Ottawa: IUCN Academy of Environmental Law; Issue 2015 (6); pp 234-242
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2013), Country Report: India, IUCN Academy of Environmental Law e-Journal (ISSN –1929-6088), Ottawa: IUCN Academy of Environmental Law; Issue 2014 (5); pp 191-197
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2012), “Country Report: India: A Busy Year of India‟s Courts and Law Makers”, IUCN Academy of Environmental Law e-Journal (ISSN –1929-6088), Ottawa: IUCN Academy of Environmental Law; Issue 2014 (5); pp 156-164
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2011), “Country Report: India: Mixed Results on Many Fronts”, IUCN Academy of Environmental Law e-Journal (ISSN –1929-6088), Ottawa: IUCN Academy of Environmental Law; Issue 2012 (1); pp 122-131
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2010), “Country Report: India”, IUCN Academy of Environmental Law e-Journal (ISSN –1929-6088), Ottawa: IUCN Academy of Environmental Law; Issue 2011 (1); pp 123-131

Presentations

  • Kavitha Chalakkal, (2018) “The Philosophy of Constitutional Right to Environment in the Comparative Constitutional Law of India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh”, in the CLEA Conference on Comparative Constitutional Law: Developments and its Teaching Techniques in Commonwealth Nations, Mody University, September 2018.
  • Kavitha Chalakkal, (2018) “Conservation and Protection of Natural Resources: An Analysis”, in the International Conference on Legal Education and Contemporary Issues: International Convergence of Laws, MSB Global Law Institute, April 2018.
  • Kavitha Chalakkal, (2018) “ The Paris Accord- Climate Justice and Implementation Challenges in Developing Countries”, One Day National Conference on Emerging Trends in International Law- Issues and Challenges School of Law, JIMS, Greater Noida, March 2018.
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2018) “„Working Requirements‟ in the Patent System: A Critical Analysis”, 2nd International Conference on the Contemporary Legal Issues, School of Law, Galgotias University, Greater Noida, March 2018.
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2018) “Protection of Environment during Armed Conflicts: Challenges in Twenty First Century”, International Conference on International Humanitarian Law and Refugee Law, Lloyd Law College, Greater Noida, March 2018
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2018) “One Road One Belt Initiative: A New Approach to Regional Integration”, at 2nd Course of China-South Asia Legal Training Base, organized by the China Law Society and Yunnan University, Kunming, China, January 2018.
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2017) “Emerging Perspectives in Access to Knowledge in the IPR system and Environmental Sustainability”, at the National Seminar on Intellectual Property Rights and their Implementation, Jagannath University, Bahadurgarh, Haryana, November 2017;
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2017) “Access to Justice under International Law with Respect to Claims Against Environmental Crimes of Transnational Corporations: A Study in the Context of Bhopal Disaster”, in Amity International Conference on Legal Dimensions of Environment, October 2017;
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2016) “Trade Facilitation Agreement and Emerging Challenges for Developing Countries‟ Agriculture Sector”, in 45th Annual Conference of Indian Society of International Law, ISIL, New Delhi, 7-8 May 2016;
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2016) Transparency and Right to Information in the NGOs and Private Institutions Performing Public Functions, in the International Seminar on Freedom of Information in the SAARC Nations, NLUD, New Delhi, March 2016;
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2016) “Role of Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals in Conservation of Biodiversity in India in 3rd International Conference on Conservation of Biodiversity and Sustainable Energy: Law and Practice”, Campus Law Centre, Delhi University, New Delhi, India; 12-14 February, 2016;
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2016), “Sanctions under the United Nations: Is there a need for Reforms?” at the International Conference on UN@70, Amity Law School II, Amity University and the Indian Society for International Law, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India; 4-5 February 2016;
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2015), “Access to Medicine in the Context of Flexibilities under TRIPS and Indian Patent Act” at the National Conference on Public Health Medicines and Law: Growing Concerns and Challenges, Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies and All India Law Teachers Congress, VIPS, New Delhi, India; 11-12 December 2015;
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2015), “Implications of Trade Facilitation Agreement on Developing Countries Agriculture and Implementation of SDG‟s” at the Second International Conference on International Law Perspectives on Sustainable Development Goals, Amity Law School Delhi, 9 October, 2015;
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2015), “Forest Dwellers Rights over Natural Resources in National Conference on Marginalized Sections”, at the Law and Social Transformation in India Seminar, JIMS Engineering Management Technical Campus, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India; 29 March, 2015;
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2015), “Changing the Electoral System from Inside out: Building as Case for Intra Party Democracy” in The National Conference on Electoral reforms in India: Prospects and Challenges, Amity Law School Delhi, India; 23 January 2015;
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2014); “International Institutions for Conservation of Biodiversity”, in The International Conference on Public International Law, jointly organized by Amity Law School Delhi and Amity Society for International Law, at Amity Law School Delhi, India;
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2010); “Role of international law in Climate- induced geographical Shifts in Protected Areas”, 8th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, September 2010, Ghent University, Belgium;
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2010), “Geographical Shifts Due to Climate Change: Impacts on Environmental Conservation in the Eastern Himalayas”, December 2010, Fifth Biennial International Conference of the Indian Association of the Asia Pacific Studies, Sikkim University;
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2006); “Right to Education”, at the Right to Education, 2006 Workshop, the Cochin University Human Rights Association, School of Legal Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology;
  • Kavitha Chalakkal (2006), “Education on Legal Education Literature”, Revamping Legal Education, 2006 Workshop by UGC, Bar Council of India and School of Legal Studies, CUSAT. (Published by CUSAT and Bar Council of Kerala).

Seminar Participation

  • Participated in 2nd course of China-South Asia Legal Training Base, organized by the China Law Society and Yunnan University, 7-27 January, 2018 in Kunming, China
  • Moderated a Session on BRICS and Leadership in the International Conference of BRICS: Leadership Opportunities in Global Affairs, organized by Yale University Fox Fellowship, 7 January 2017 in India Habitat Centre, New Delhi;
  • Participated as trainee in Prevention of Wildlife Trade Workshop jointly organized by Royal Government of Bhutan, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Interpol and Wildlife Trust of India (10-14 February 2014) in Paro, Bhutan;
  • Participated as trainee in the Interpol Environmental Crime Programme on Integrated Investigative Capacity Building and Operational Planning for Asian Big Cats Related Crimes organized by Interpol and the Central Bureau of Investigation (1-5 July 2013), New Delhi;
  • Participated in Training of Trainers (ToT) Workshop jointly organized by Madhya Pradesh Forest Department, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and Wildlife Trust of India (April 2013) in Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh;
  • Participated in International Workshop cum Conference on Information Technology Law and Conference on Legal Education & Contemporary Issues (11-12 March, 2011), Delhi University, Delhi;
  • Participated in International Workshop cum Conference on Intellectual Property Laws (13-14 March, 2011); in collaboration with USPTO), Delhi University, Delhi;
  • Participated in National Seminar on Intellectual Property Curriculum, 2007, organized by the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, and the Indian institute of Technology, Roorkie, Uttaranchal, India;
  • Participated in National Seminar on “Social and Cultural Impact on Environment of India in the Present Context” 2007 organized by Humane Touch, Green Institute for Research & Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Government of India, CSIR, ONGC and National Productivity Council;
  • Student Rapporteur, Global Regulatory Conference India, The South and the Shaping of Administrative Law, 2008, organized by Centre for Policy Research and Institute for International Law and Justice, New York University School of Law, New Delhi, 5-6 January, 2008;
  • Student Rapporteur in the WIPO Asia-Pacific Policy Forum onTraditional Knowledge and Traditional and Cultural Expressions, 2006, organized by World Intellectual Property Organization in cooperation with Government of India and Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, India, April 4-6, 2006.

TEACHING TRAINING

  • Refresher Course for Law Teachers on Developmental Perspectives of Intellectual Property Right Laws, IUCIPR, CUSAT, Kerala, June 2018.
  • Professional Development Workshop on New Ways of Teaching and Research for Better Delivery of Legal Services September 2017, Bar Council of Kerala M K Nambyar Academy for Continuing Legal Education in association with Society of Indian Law Firms, Bar Association of India and Lloyd Law College, September 2017.
  • Professional Development Training Workshop on Intellectual Property Law Practice and Public Interest Advocacy 2015, IBA Chair on Continuing Legal Education; National Law School of India University and Menon Institute of Legal Advocacy Training, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in association with Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India; May 2015;
  • Fundamentals of Teaching Humanities, Workshop Series Spring 2010, McDougal Graduate Teaching Center, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA;
  • Intellectual Property Rights Teaching, Short Term Course 2006, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and IPR Cell of Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee.

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Student Editor, Cochin University Law Review, 2005-2006;
  • Volunteer, National Service Scheme, India; 1996-1998;
  • Rashtrapati Guide, Bharat Scouts and Guides, India; 1996;
  • Member, Executive Council for changing Curriculum of the Catechetical Course in Thrissur Arch diocese Kerala, India; 2005- 2008.