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. (

- India’s pandemic exodus was a biological disaster and stranded migrant workers should be classified as internally displaced, The Conversation. June 21st, 2021.(

- India: Los millones de trabajadores afectados por el éxodo pandémico deben ser considerados desplazados internos (translated), The Conversation, June 29th, 2021.(