Professor (Dr) Usha Tandon is an eminent Professor of Environmental Law, Population Law, Gender Justice and Family Law. With the teaching experience of more than 30 years, she is a world renowned scholar for her work on human development focusing on environmental protection and women empowerment. Her book on Population Law in India is the only book of its kind which covers various population issues through the perspective of law and has been referred extensively in India and abroad. She has authored/edited several books on various aspects of law relating to environmental protection and women rights viz. Energy Law (Oxford University Press) ; Biodiversity Law (Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group); Climate Change (Eastern Book Company); Gender Justice (Regal Publications); and Human Trafficking Law (Central Law Agency). She has more than 50 research papers to her credit published in the journals of international and national repute. Her research articles have been published in international journals like Transnational Environmental Law, Cambridge University Press,(UK), Coventry Law Journal, (UK) , Yonsei Law Journal (South Korea), IIUM Law Journal (Malaysia), TOAEP, (Brussels, Belgium), OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development ( Ontario Canada), Palgrave Macmillan, (Singapore). NOUN International Journal of Private and Property Law (Nigeria). Her published work got applauded by the Supreme Court of India (2003). She has presented her research work at various international academic platforms in countries including USA, U.K. France, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, China, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan. She has also been contributing to international scholarship by serving as a Reviewer for manuscripts submitted to SCOPUS indexed journals like “Environmental Law Review, SAGE, UK”; “Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law, Wiley, USA and “Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning” (Taylor & Francis, UK).
She has been the Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for International and Comparative Private Law, Hamburg, Germany,(2011); International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France, (2007) and has to her credit Ciedhu which specializes her in the university human rights teaching. She has the honour of being invited by the Centre for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law, USA to pursue research on Human Rights and Women’s Reproductive Health (2004). She has also been invited by Korea Environment Cooperation to speak on “Green India Mission” in the 6th Policy Consultation Forum of the Seoul Initiative Network on Green Growth: Economic System Economy” in Busan, Republic of Korea (2011), organized by Economic and Social Commission of Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) in cooperation with Ministry of Environment of Republic of Korea. As an expert from India, she participated in the International Symposium in South Korea (August, 2014) , Kathmandu School of Law, Nepal in the deliberations on the curriculum for “Human Rights of Women” (2003). She had been invited by the Royal Court of Bhutan as a Guest of Honour to participate in the inauguration of the new Supreme Court of Bhutan, by the Indian Prime Minister on 15th June, 2014.
As a national expert, she contributed for the World Bank’s Report, 2017 “Enabling the Business of Agriculture, – Access to Water ” studying the laws and regulations for water resources management and irrigation, recognizing the importance of sustainable, equitable and efficient management of water resources for long- term agricultural development. In 2015, she wrote the country report for the International Research Project on Climate Change Commitments: An Ethical Analysis” conducted by the University of Auckland, NZ and Widener University, USA with support from IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law and its Specialist Ethical Group. As an expert, she participated in the “National Consultation on Strategic Five Year Plan Organised by National Commission for Women, Delhi (2010). She successfully completed the research projects sanctioned by the University Grants Commission, Delhi, National Commission for Women, Delhi and the University of Delhi. One of her research studies on Women and Population has been published by the National Commission for Women (2010).
The recipient of “World Population Day Award, 2000” and “Phenomenal She, 2019”, she served as Professor-in-Charge of Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi (2013-2019) and the Director of a Five-Year Law School- Vivekananda Law School, GGS Indraprastha University, Delhi (2005). She holds professional memberships with Population Association of America, MD, USA; South Asian Law Schools Forum for Human Rights (founder member) Kathmandu; All India Law Teachers Congress, New Delhi (founder member); Indian Law Institute, New Delhi (life member) Institute for Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies, New Delhi (life member) and Indian Society for International Law, New Delhi.