Gayathri D.Naik is a PhD Candidate and Commonwealth Scholar at the School of Law, SOAS University of London. She holds an BA/LLB from Government Law College, Ernakulum affiliated with Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala; M.A Public Administration from Indira Gandhi Open University, New Delhi, and an LLM in International Legal Studies from South Asian University, New Delhi. She received First Class Honours at the M G University for her BAL/LLB and the South Asian University Gold Medal for the LLM. She has qualified in the National Eligibility Test for Teaching in India, securing Junior Research Fellowship. She is a member of the Law, Environment, and Development Centre at SOAS, and a member of the IUCN WCEL Water and Wetlands Specialist Group, Early Career Specialist Group, and Compliance and Enforcement Specialist Group.