Shalini Iyengar

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Ph.D candidate, Department of Anthropology, Yale University



Shalini Iyengar is a lawyer and a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology at Yale University. Her research is situated at the intersection of enviro-legal rights, environmental anthropology and history in the Indian littoral region.

Prior to joining the programme at Yale, Shalini taught law and policy at the School of Law, Environment, and Planning at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India between 2016 and 2019 and practiced law as a Trainee Solicitor at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP in London and Shanghai between 2012 and 2014. She has also taught as a Visiting Lecturer at the National Law School of India University, the Foreign Services Institute, New Delhi, and ESSCA School of Management, Shanghai.

Shalini received her B.A. LL.B (Hons.) degree from the National Law School of India University. She also holds a JSM degree in socio-legal studies from Stanford University, an MSt degree in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University and MSc. and LL.M. degrees in Comparative Law and Economics from the International University College, Turin.


  • Iyengar, S. (2023). Human rights and climate wrongs: Mapping the landscape of rights‐based climate litigation. Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law, 32(2), 299-309.
  • Dhar, P., & Iyengar, S. (2019). What’s Past Should be Prologue: India’s Forest Commons and the Rights of Traditional Communities. King’s Law Journal, 30(2), 270-288.