Dr. Deepa Badrinarayana

Dr. Deepa Badrinarayana

Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Expertise: Torts; Environmental Law; Comparative and International Law; India's Legal System;
Office Location: Kennedy Hall 412
Phone: (714) 628-2673
Scholarly Works:
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National Law School of India University, Bachelor of Arts
National Law School of India University, Bachelor of Laws
Pace University, Master of Laws
Pace University, Doctor of Juridical Science


Professor Badrinarayana came to Chapman from Pace Law School, where she completed her Doctorate in Juridicial Studies in Environmental Law. Professor Badrinarayana researched for Professor Frank P. Grad at Columbia Law School on environmental and public health laws. Between 2005 and 2006, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Global Legal Studies, Columbia Law School. Professor Badrinarayana is also a consultant to the United Nations Global Compact, on issues of corporate voluntarism and regulations. Before coming to the United States, Professor Badrinarayana was a Research Officer for a Government of India-World Bank Environmental Capacity-Building Project, at the National Law School of India University.

In addition to research and advocacy, she also trained government officials and legal professionals in environmental law. Professor Badrinarayana was part of a team that advised the Government of India on its new legislation to manage biomedical waste. Professor Badrinarayana holds an LL.M. in Environmental Law from Pace Law School and a B.A.LL.B.(Hons) from the National Law School of India University. She is also a member of the World Conservation Union, Committee on Environmental Law and serves as Chair of the AALS Section on Law and South Asian Studies and as an Executive Committee member of the AALS Section on Environmental Law.

B.A., LL.B., National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India
LL.M., Pace University School of Law
S.J.D., Pace University School of Law

Courses Taught:

Torts I and II, International Law and Organizations, and International Environmental Law.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

“The Hard Expectations of Soft Law,” THE ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM 34 (May/June 2022) (Centerpiece, peer-edited)
My article, "Colonial Perspectives of Human Rights: Introductory Insights from British India," was accepted for publication and will be published in the Texas Int'l Law Journal in Spring 2023.
Deepa Badrinarayana, IPCC Report Drives Urgent Agenda for World on Climate Change, Bloomberg Law, August 24, 2021.
Deepa Badrinarayana, “A Constitutional Right to International Legal Representation: The Case of Climate Change,” 93 Tulane L. Rev. 47 (2018).
Deepa Badrinarayana, The Jewel in the Crown: Can India's Strict Liability Doctrine Deepen Our Understanding of Tort Law Theory?, 55 University of Louisville Law Review 25 (2017).
“The “Right” Right to Environmental Protection: What We Can Discern from the American and Indian Constitutional Experience,” 43 Brooklyn International Law Journal 75 (2017).
india's climate change mitigation strategy, in Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law, Climate Change Law 503-514, (Daniel A. Farber & Marjan Peeters eds., 2016).
"Gatting" the New Climate Change Treaty Right: Leveraging Energy Subsidies to Promote Multilateralism, 39 Fordham Intl. L. J. 179 (2015)(Article 1).
Paris talks: don't break out the bubbly yet, L.A. Daily Journal, Thursday, December 17, 2015.