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Chamu is a Senior Lecturer at Hertfordshire Law School and Global Economy Interdisciplinary Research Lead at the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, facilitating interdisciplinary research conversations and applications for grants. She is a Convenor of the Environmental Law and Bio-law Interest Groups at the European Society of International at the European Society of International Law (ESIL-SEDI). Chamu specialises in International Law and holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield, MA (Security Studies) from the University of Hull, ML (International and Constitutional Law) and BL (Law) from the University of Madras. She is the author of one book, The International Legal Governance of the Human Genome, several articles and policy reports.  Chamu is a Chevening Scholar from India, a Bio-diplomacy Fellow at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies, Tokyo, and has adviced UNESCO's Bioethics Committee on Human Reproductive cloning ethics and regulation. She has worked with public bodies in the UK, producing a strategy for Restorative Justice in Hertfordshire, and currently works with the Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership on the county's climate actions. A former member of the Board of the International Association of Bioethics, and founder of the Arts-Bioethics Network. She is a trained and qualified Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer, working under the label Nandavana Dance, funded by Arts Council, England for dance research and performance. A trained and qualified ranger from the Peak District National Park, England, she brings a envrionmental management perspective to her research into environmental law.  Chamu is the recipeint of diverse awards, including the University of Sheffield Centenary Achievement Award, the UK National Parks volunteers award, and was listed in The Independent's Happy 100, for being one of the top hundred people in the UK for enhancing the lives of others (through diversity in the outdoors). She is a trustee of Mosaic Outdoors.

Chamu teaches Land Law, Intellectual Property Law, Energy Law, International Development Law, Public International Law, Research Methods and Skills and supervises LLB, LLM and PhD students.  

Completed PhD supervisions

Immolatrix Linda Onuegbu (2018) The Role of Law in the Development Transition to a Knowledge Economy - A Study of Namibia’s Drive to an Effective Regulation of the Biosafety Regime. (Doctrinal and black letter legal research using Law and Development as a theoretical approach)

Lianne Oosterbaan (2022) Access to Land, the Household, and Food Security: Exploring gendered links in Rural South India (Anthropological research framing questions using land law and sustainable development goals)

Current PhD students

Adaora Nwaka (commenced 2020) The transboundary movement of hazardous waste under the Basel and Bamako Conventions  (mixed methods research, using doctrinal and qualitative methods)

Favour Illori (commenced 2021) United Nations Climate Change Adaptation Framework: A Reform in Light of Article 7 of the Paris Agreement 2015  (doctrinal research)

Kayode Ajiboye (commenced 2021) Wind Energy Regulation and Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa: Towards a Better and More Robust Planning and Licensing Regime: A Case Study of Nigeria. (doctrinal research, including case studies)



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