Dr. Sudhir Chopra, LL.M., J.D., Ph.D., FRGS. Law Fellow, Cambridge Central Asia Forum, Cambridge, UK, representing "Whales Right to Life", Expert on whales and deep ecology
Professor Chopra is a Law Fellow at the Cambridge Central Asia Forum, Cambridge, UK since February 2007. Earlier he was with the Lauterpacht Centre for Research in International Law and Scott Polar Research Institute both 2004-2005; and Wolfson College and the Centre for International Studies 2005 -2007. In Europe he has held teaching appointments at the University of Luxembourg, the University of Newcastle upon Tyne – UK, Riga Graduate School of Law - Latvia, Central European University – Hungary and has also lectured at the Katholic University of Leuvan, Belgium. In 2006 he was Piet Gilhuis Chair on the Future of Environmental Law in Tilburg University, Netherlands. In 2012 he has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of England.
In India he has been a Professor of Law at the Calcutta University (On leave) and National Law School of India Bangalore, and has been a Lecturer in Law at Delhi University. In North America he has taught at the University of California Irvine, Western State University College of Law, San Diego and Valparaiso University, Indiana. He has also taught at the University of West Indies.
Dr. Chopra worked for the Department of Environment Government of India as its first Environmental Law Officer and later worked for the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Dallas. During 1984-1986 he worked on the Union Carbide Bhopal Disaster Case for the law offices of Kelly Drye and Warren, New York.
Professor Chopra has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan and Australian National University and a Research Scholar at Tasmania University, Australia. He has lectured at many universities and UN/World Bank sponsored training programs. At the American Society of International Law he served at the Chairman of the Antarctica Group from 1984 to 1994 and Chairman of the Wildlife Law Group from 1986 to 1994 and Co-Chair from 1994 to 2004. He serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Legal Materials and the Journal of International Wildlife Law.
His major publications are: The Antarctic Legal Regime, co-editor (Nijhoff – 1988); International Environmental Law, co-author (Lupas – 1993); Whales Their Emerging Right to Life, co-author (American Journal of International Law , 1991). In May 1984 he raised the issue of Ozone Hole, Climate Change and melting of the Antarctic ice at Canberra ANZAS Congress.
He received B.Sc. (1973), M.A. History (1975), LL.B. (1976), Ph.D. (1994) from Lucknow University, India; LL.M. (1979) from Dalhousie University Canada; and J.D. (Jan. 1989) from Northwestern University, Chicago, USA. He was admitted as a Member of the Institute of Charted Arbitrators, UK in 2001 and as an Advocate of the Uttar Pradesh Bar in India in 1976.
Areas of teaching and research interest: International Law, International Economic Law, International Environmental Law, International Law of the Seas, International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law, International Organizations, International and European Human Rights Law, Comparative Law, Administrative Laws of the US, UK and India, Environmental Laws of India and the US, Law and Public Policy and the Legal History of Utilitarian Thought.
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