Dr. Manjeri Subin Sunder Raj
Institution(s): Knowledge Network Expert, Harmony with Nature, United Nations; Lawyer, Kerala High Court; Assistant Professor of Law, Christ (Deemed to be University), Bangalore.
Subin, a fifth-generation lawyer, enrolled in 2007 and is extremely passionate about Rights of Nature, Environmental Rights and Human Rights. He is involved in Public Interest Litigations and several initiatives involving coordination and conduction of environmental protection campaigns, animal and human rights issues, rural extension programmes and legal aid clinics, in India.
He is the first and only Indian to be a part of the Expert Member Group of the Harmony with Nature Network, United Nations. Subin was a Linnaeus-Palme Fellow at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH - Kungliga Tekniska högskolan), Stockholm, Sweden, in 2014 and 2015 and delivered lectures on Water Law. He was one among the 15 selected from around the world, and invited to present his doctoral work at the First Postgraduate Colloquium on the Frontiers of International Environmental Law held at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, in September 2017. His doctoral thesis, Earth Justice: Developing a New Jurisprudence has been published by Thomson Reuters in 2019. He is the co-author of Enforcing Hazardous Wastes Rules in India: Strategies and Techniques for Achieving Increased Compliance (Environmental Law Institute, Washington D.C, 2014) and a contributing author of Water and Scriptures (Springer International Publishing, 2017).
He strives to ensure that there is a marked change in human attitude by focusing more on the 'right of environment'. This, he believes, is to be achieved by imposing affirmative duties, on man, by harnessing a value-based rationale which fosters environmental stewardship. He believes that realizing intrinsic value is paramount, and in instilling in man the principles of Earth Justice. One way to achieve this, he believes, is to afford a legal personality to non-human entities, with a special thrust on animals, so as to ensure that their intrinsic rights are protected.
Subin completed his graduation from the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) securing a second rank, in 2007. He did his LLM in 2011 and his PhD from the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, India, in 2018.