Parul Kumar

Parul Kumar

Fellow (Alumni)

Parul Kumar is an Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor Fellow from India. She is working on a project on plastic waste management, using a comparative and inter-disciplinary approach. Her research will be conducted at the intersection of law and behavioural studies, alongside the ENSURE project ("Development of New Plastics for a Clean Environment by Determining Relevant Entry Pathways") (

Parul has a bachelor's degree in law and liberal arts from the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, and an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's degree in law and economics from Hamburg University, University of Ghent, and the Warsaw School of Economics.

Prior to starting the fellowship, Parul was working with the World Resources Institute (WRI) in New Delhi, where her research focused on energy policy in India. Parul is also an experienced dispute resolution lawyer, and has represented a variety of private and public sector clients in legal proceedings in courts, tribunals, and arbitral tribunals.

  • 2018-2019 Senior Research Specialist, World Resources Institute, New Delhi, India
  • 2017-2018 European Master's in Law and Economics (Hamburg University, University of Ghent, Warsaw School of Economics)
  • 2016-2017 Managing Associate, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, New Delhi, India
  • 2014-2016 Senior Associate, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, New Delhi, India
  • 2012-2014 Junior Counsel, Office of the Additional Solicitor General of the Supreme Court of India, New Delhi, India
  • 2009-2012 Associate, Amarchand Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co., Mumbai, India
  • Plastic waste management
  • Energy Policy
  • Climate Policy

Publications at the RIFS

Publications prior to joining the RIFS

Peer-reviewed articles:

  • Jairaj, B., Kumar, P., "An assessment of India's energy transition: Paris and beyond" 10(1) Jindal Global Law Review (2019) 35-47.
  • Kumar, P., Naik, A. "India's Domestic Climate Policy is Fragmented and Lacks Clarity" 54(7) Economic and Political Weekly (2019).
  • Kumar, P., "Is Fraud Arbitrable? Examining the Problematic Indian Discourse", 33(2) Arbitration International (2017).
  • Kumar, P., "Executive Power to Pardon: Examining the Dilemmas Posed by the Indian Constitutional Law Discourse", 2(1) National University of Juridical Sciences Law Review (2009).
  • Kumar, P., ""Locating the boundary between fair use and copyright infringement: the Viacom-YouTube dispute", 12(3) Oxford Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (2008).

Opinion articles:

  • Kumar, P., Jairaj, B., "Making the water-guzzling thermal plants accountable" The Hindu (July 24, 2019).
  • Kumar, P., Sridhar, L., "Basel Convention's Plastic Ban Amendment a New Step Against Waste Colonialism" The Wire (May 21, 2019).
  • Kumar, P., Jairaj, B., "India's love for hydroelectric power is misplaced" Firstpost (January 16, 2019).
  • Kumar, P., "In Imposing a Partial Ban on Crackers, SC Has Put Right to Life Over Religious Freedom" The Wire (November 7, 2018).
  • Kumar, P., "Environment Ministry's Cooling Action Plan Is a Good Start but Not Good Enough" The Wire (October 25, 2018).
  • Kumar, P., "Is it Time for a Cap on Uber and Ola Cabs in India's Metro Cities?" The Wire (October 6, 2018).
  • National Law School of India Review (2007 - 2009)