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Navraj Singh Ghaleigh has been the Lecturer in Public Law at Edinburgh since 2003. Previously a barrister in London and Lecturer at King's College London, he undertook his graduate work at the University of Cambridge, the European University Institute (Florence) and the University of California, Berkeley (Fulbright Scholar).

His work has been widely cited and reviewed in scholarly publications, the quality press, including the Times Literary Supplement and the Financial Times, and parliamentary reports. He has also advised regulatory agencies, committees, international organisations and major industry actors. Navraj is a Research Associate at the University of Zurich's e-Democracy Centre and in 2010 taught at the Duke-Geneva Institute in Transnational Law.

Navraj is also an editorial board member of Climate Law, and is that journal's book review editor. The inaugural issue of that journal draws in part from the Europa Institute funded seminar series, The EU, Climate Change and Global Governance, co-organised by Elizabeth Bomberg, Chad Damro and Navraj.

Research Interests

Navraj's research and teaching have two main strands:

  • Climate change law principally as a matter of public international law but addressing its relationship with other bodies of law, levels of law and disciplines. 
  • Electoral law, especially party and election funding, direct democracy and referendums and the implications of new technologies for the electoral process. 

In 2010 Navraj, with Professor Alan Boyle and Dr Daniel Augenstein, completed a major study for the European Commission, entitled "The legal framework on human rights and the environment applicable to European enterprises operating outside the EU". The project involved a team of international experts from across the EU, India, China, Chile, Nigeria, Rwanda and Mexico and can be downloaded here.


Research outputs

  1. Thoughts on ‘Theory’, International Law and Environmental Law Scholarship

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  2. No visible means of legal support: China’s CCS regime

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  3. Geological Factors for Legislation to Enable and Regulate Storage of Carbon Dioxide in the Deep Subsurface

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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Research activities & awards

  1. Seminar on environmental law in UK Parliament and Devolved Assemblies

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesProfessional Development and Training

  2. OUP (Publisher)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

  3. Alternative Models for a Mixed Electoral System

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar

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