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Shashi Kant Yadav

Doctoral Researcher, University of Surrey

Shashi Kant Yadav is an environmental law scholar who studies the application of the precautionary principle on unconventional natural gas extraction processes. His research focuses on how differences in multilevel regulatory frameworks (namely: the EU, India, the US, Australia) impact the application of the precautionary principle through the case study of hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

Shashi is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Surrey and is associated as a researcher with Surrey Centre for International and Environmental Law. His research is funded by the Faculty of Arts and Social Science at the University of Surrey. Before this, he was a visiting researcher with the Centre for Energy, Petroleum & Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) - University of Dundee, Scotland. He completed his LLM (with distinction) from Central European University (CEU), Austria. His research-based LLM was fully funded by CEU.

Shashi’s academic publications use comparative legal methods to analyse how national regulatory frameworks shape the principle of international environmental law, especially the precautionary principle.


  • –present
    Doctoral researcher in environmental regulations, University of Surrey


  • 2021 
    Central European University , Comparative Constitutional Law


  • 2021
    The Oil and Gas Sector in India: Balancing Business Policies and Public Interest by the Supreme Court of India, Global Energy Law and Sustainability
  • 2020
    Hydraulic fracturing and groundwater contamination in India: evaluating the need for precautionary action, Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law
  • 2019
    Continual diminishing of the Aravalli hills: Assessing intergenerational equity, Economic and Political Weekly
  • 2018
    Challenges in Shale Gas Production Cannot Be Resolved by Generic Environment Clearance Processes, Economic and Political Weekly

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Doctoral Research Funding
    Funding Source:
    University of Surrey
  • 2020
    Master's Scholarship
    Funding Source:
    Central European University

Professional Memberships

  • IUCN- Environmental Law Group