Prof. Harsh Vardhan Bhati

Prof. Harsh Vardhan Bhati

Assistant Professor

B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) (O.P. Jindal Global (Institution of Eminence Deemed To Be University);

LL.M. (Lewis & Clark Law School, USA);

Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Law (Uppsala University)

Prof. Harsh Vardhan Bhati is an Assistant Professor at the Jindal Global Law School, O. P. Jindal Global University. Additionally, he is an Indian lawyer specialising in environmental, natural resources and energy law. Harsh has obtained 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. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. in Environmental Law at the Faculty of Law, Uppsala University.

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 a 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 L&C, 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.

Harsh has published in international law journals and written reports on waste management and bonded tenancy. His primary research interest includes environmental law & policy, cultural heritage, renewable energy, sustainable use of energy and natural resources, and rights of nature (legal Personhood).

Journal Articles

Bhati, HV. (2020). “Waste to Energy Project (Part II).” Environmental Policy and Law, IOS Press, Vol. 50 (3) pp. 151-163. DOI: 10.3233/EPL-200210.

Bhati, HV. (2019). “One World One Sun One Grid: a (modi)fication in India’s environment.” Jindal Global Law Review. Vol. 10(1) pp. 73-90

Rosencranz, A., and Bhati, HV. (2015) Waste-to-Energy Projects (Comparing Approaches). Environmental Policy and Law, IOS Press, Vol. 45 (3-4) pp. 130-132.

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Bhati, HV., Saldanha, L., and others (2018). “Bangalore’s Toxic Legacy Intensifies: Status of Landfills, Waste Processing Sites and Dumping grounds, and working conditions of Pourakarmikas.” Environment Support Group.

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Bhati, HV., Patil, A., and Kabra, N. (2017). “Status of Law, Policy & Practices Solid Waste Management in Bengaluru.” Environment Support Group.

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Bhati, HV., Liddell, L. and others. (2015). “Bonded Tenancy in New Delhi India: A Report for the Special Rapporteur on Housing.” A joint report written by four students of William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, U.S.A and myself from Jindal Global Law School, India in partnership with the Society for Labour & Development at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.


Rosencranz, A., Bhati, HV., and Chowdhury, A. (2020). “Demolishing the virility myth.” The Statesman. Available at:

Bhati, HV. (2020). “Rights of Nature: The Ascent from Legal Object to Legal Person.” NLUO Blog for Animal and Environmental Jurisprudence and Rights.

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Bhati, HV., and Rosencranz, A. (2020). “The Amazon Rainforest and Climate Change.” ENACT. Available at:

Rosencranz, A., and Bhati, HV. (2020). “Apex Court Needs More Diversity.” The Statesman. Available at:

Bhati, HV., Saldanha, L., and others (2018). “Justice Mr. N. Kumar (Retd.) Calls for Widespread and Persistent Efforts to Resolve Vexatious Municipal Waste Crisis.” Environment Support Group. Available at:

Saldanha, L., and Bhati, HV. (2017). “Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Notice on Tree Felling Runs Foul of the Law.” Bangalore Mirror Bureau.

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Bhati, HV. (2016). “Court to the Rescue Again.” The Statesman.

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