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Sakthivel Ponnusamy

Ph. D
Assistant Professor
The Tamilnadu Dr.Ambedkar Law University
prof.sakthivel [at]

Environmental Fields of Interest

Environmental Law and Policy
Human Rights
International Law


Environmental Fields of Interest

  • Water Laws
  • Wetlands
  • Agriculture
  • Biodiversity
  • Sanitation and Waste Management Laws

Papers/Publications Published

  • Sakthivel,P. “Water Supply: Law and Governance in Chennai” in R.K.Mishra and Samanta Sahu (eds) (Allied Publishers, New Delhi, 2011) p 54-62
  • Sakthivel, P “Efficacy of Indian Legal System to Deliver Water Justice” 4 ALUJ (2012) p 164-182.
  • Sakthivel P, Amirthalingam S and Starkl M, “A study on Law Relating to Groundwater Recharge in India” Rostrum : 2014)
  • Sakthivel P. “Farmers’ Rights under International Law: An Overview” International Journal of Education, Technology and Social Media Vol III Number 1, p 185- 188
  • Brunner, N.; Mishra, V.; Sakthivel, P.; Starkl, M.; Tschohl, C. The Human Right to Water in Law and Implementation. Laws 2015,4, 413-471
  • Brunner, N.; Starkl, M.; Sakthivel, P.; Elango, L.; Amirthalingam, S.; Pratap, C.E.; Thirunavukkarasu, M.; Parimalarenganayaki, S. Policy Preferences about Managed Aquifer Recharge for Securing Sustainable Water Supply to Chennai City, India. Water2014, 6, 3739-3757


Sakthivel Ponnusamy teaches at the Tamil Nadu Dr.Ambedkar Law University, India since August 2006. He has Masters in History (2002) and International Law and Constitutional Law (2004). His PhD focused on irrigation Laws from farmers' perspectives (2017). He teaches environmental law and human rights courses.

Sakthivel was the coordinator and one of the Senior Consultant to a consultancy awarded by Centre for Environmental Management and Decision Support, Vienna. He contributed a part of the final report of the project. He has presented and published papers relating to water, natural resources, waste management, sanitation and human rights. He has coordinated two national conferences on environmental laws and two state level workshops.He has visited many Indian states and Canberra, Australia and Belgrade, Serbia for academic conferences, workshops and field visits.
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