Malavika Rao

Email: malavika.rao@graduateinstitute.ch

 

 

Bio:

Malavika is a PhD Candidate in International Law at the Graduate Institute Geneva. She also worked as a Teaching Assistant in the International Law Department at the Graduate Institute Geneva from 2019-2021. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the application of the principle of non-refoulement to instances of food deprivation. Her areas of interest include international migration law and international environmental law, with a focus on starvation and climate change.

Prior to joining the PhD program, Malavika worked as a Utility Justice Legal Fellow at The Utility Reform Network in San Francisco (TURN) from 2017-2018. She received her LLM in Environmental Law and Energy Law and Clean Technology from the University of California Berkeley in 2017. She has a BA.LLB (Hons.) from Christ University, Bangalore, India.

PhD Thesis Title and Affiliation: Food Deprivation and Non-Refoulement in International Law
Thesis supervisor: Prof. Vincent Chetail
Graduate Institute Geneva, Switzerland

 

Recent Publications:

- Should Internal Migrants Who Cannot Return Home Due To COVID-19 be Treated as Disaster IDPs? Lessons from India, 39(4) Refugee Survey Quarterly (Special Issue on Internal Displacement), Oxford University Press 2020. (https://academic.oup.com/rsq/article/39/4/609/6075993?rss=1)

- India’s pandemic exodus was a biological disaster and stranded migrant workers should be classified as internally displaced, The Conversation. June 21st, 2021.(https://theconversation.com/indias-pandemic-exodus-was-a-biological-disaster-and-stranded-migrant-workers-should-be-classified-as-internally-displaced-161868)

- India: Los millones de trabajadores afectados por el éxodo pandémico deben ser considerados desplazados internos (translated), The Conversation, June 29th, 2021.(https://theconversation.com/india-los-millones-de-trabajadores-afectados-por-el-exodo-pandemico-deben-ser-considerados-desplazados-internos-163132)

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