Stellina Jolly
Stellina Jolly
Associate Professor
Faculty of Legal Studies (FLS)
Akbar Bhawan, South Asian University
New Delhi- 110021
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Dr. Stellina Jolly is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University (SAU). She is a Visiting Senior Research Associate with the Centre for Emerging Countries in Private international law at the University of Johannesburg. A Fulbright Scholar with the University of San Francisco and a recipient of the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) research in international environmental law and conflict of laws. She is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law and part of the Network of Environmental Champions, Asian Development Bank. Her books and writings include ‘ Indian Private International Law (Hart  2021); ‘Climate Refugees in South Asia:  Protection Under International Legal Standards and State Practices in South Asia’(Springer 2019); 'Private International Law: South Asian States' Practice,' (Springer 2017);  She has undertaken projects and consultancies with various organizations, including Asian  Development Bank (ADB) the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, European Union, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), etc. She was awarded an educational grant on Civil Society Law from International Centre for Not for Profit Law (ICNL) and USAID.


  • PhD in Legal Studies from Panjab University , in 2009
  • L.L.M. in Legal Studies from Delhi University , in 2001

Awards & Honours

  • Awarded: Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship 2018-2019
  • Selected for Department of State International Visitor Leader Program on “The Hague Abduction Convention in Practice” 2019
  • Visiting Senior Research Associate, Centre for Private International law in Emerging Countries , University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Awarded Education Grant from International Centre for Not For Profit Law (ICNL) and US Aid under its Global Civil Society Legal Enabling Environment (LEEP 11)
  • Awarded the ICSSR Research Project on “The Municipal Solid Waste Disposal Management in Delhi: A Socio-Legal Study of Okhla Landfill” 2018

Recent Publications

  • “Domestic Violence and Inter-Country Child Abduction: An Indian Judicial and Legislative Exploration”, Journal of Private International Law, 2021, 17(1) pp114-146.

  • Indian Private International Law (Hart 2021)

  • “Of Ebbs and Flows : Understanding the Legal Consequences of Granting Personhood to Natural Entities in India”, Transnational  Environmental Law Journal  2021, pp 1-26.

  • “Principle of CBDR-RC, Its Interpretation and Implementation through NDCs in the Context of Sustainable Development: Challenges and Opportunities”,  Washington Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, 2021, 11(3) 310- 348.

  • The Vedanta (Niyamgiri) Case: Promoting Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development in The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development, ( Carmen Gonzalez, Sumudu Atapattu and Sara L. Seck eds) ( Cambridge 2021) 289-302.

  • ‘Climate Change Refugees in South Asia: An Analysis of South Asian Legal Response(Springer 2019)

  • A Legal Analysis of Linking Human Right Approach to Access to Water and Sharing of Trans Boundary Rivers in South Asia’in Shifting Horizons of Public International law in South Asia, J.L.Kaul and Anupam Jha (eds) (Springer 2018) p 135-158.

  • ‘Cross Border Surrogacy: An Indian State Practice, in Private International Law: South Asian State Practice’, in (Dr. S. G Ramani and S. Jolly eds) (Springer  2017) pp 175-197

  • ‘Inter-Country Child Abduction: An Explorative Analysis of Legal Standards and Judicial Construal’s of India’, International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family (Oxford University Press 2017) 31 (1) 20-40

  • ‘Interrogating the pedagogy of State responsibility and Individual Rights in Disaster law’, in The Emerging Threshold of Disaster Law in Asia, (Amita Singh ed) (Routledge, 2017) pp

  • Private International Law and South Asian States Practice, Sai Ramani and Stellina Jolly (eds) (Springer 2017)

  • Substantive Innovations Propounded by Indian Judiciary in Balancing Protection of Environment and Development in A Legal Analysis in Courts and the Environment, ( Christina Voigit and Zen Makuch, eds )( Edward Elgar 2017) pp 142-168

  • ‘Climate Refugees under International Climate Law and International Refugee Law: Towards Addressing the Protection Gaps and Exploring the Legal Alternatives for Climate Justice, ISIL Year Book of Humanitarian and Refugee Law, p 216-248, 2014-2015

Research Interests

  • International Environmental Law
  • Private International Law

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