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Dr. Suryapratim Roy
Assistant Professor, Law


I'm delighted to join Trinity as an Assistant Professor in Regulatory Law. I will be lecturing Environmental Law, and Legislation & Regulation on the LLB Programme and Law & Risk on the LLM Programme. I lead a Seminar on Emergency Law. I write on Climate Law, Citizenship, and Indian constitutionalism. Prior to this, I have taught and written on climate law, economics of regulation and development studies at the University of Groningen. Given the intimate relationship between regulation and behaviour, I turn to legal theory, comparative legal studies and interdisciplinary epistemology in my work. Researchers seeking to explore how law understands, shapes and responds to individual or institutional behaviour in different fields of activity are most welcome to get in touch. Before joining academia, I have been a researcher with the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg and practised infrastructure law in the Mumbai offices of Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co. I hold a BA, LLB (Honours) from the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, India, a dual-masters in Law and Economics from the University of Hamburg and the University of Vienna, and a PhD from the University of Groningen.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Sarah Ganty, Dimitry Kochenov, Suryapratim Roy, Unlawful Nationality-Based Bans from the Schengen Zone: Poland, Finland, and the Baltic States Against Russian Citizens and EU Law, Yale Journal of International Law, 48, (1), 2023, p1 - 34 Journal Article, 2023 URL

Hindu Zion: The Politics of Constitutional Accommodation in, editor(s)Mark Tushnet and Dimitry Kochenov , Research Handbook on the Politics of Constitutional Law, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, Edward Elgar, 2023, pp675 - 695, [Suryapratim Roy and Rahul Sambaraju] Book Chapter, 2023 URL

People v Arctic Oil: Context, Judgment and Takeaways for Future Climate Litigation in, editor(s)Stefan E. Weishaar and Kars J. de Graaf , The Future of Environmental Law: Ambition and Reality, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2023, pp215 - 235, [Suryapratim Roy, Alexandru Gociu] Book Chapter, 2023 URL URL

Suryapratim Roy, The Domestic Life of Climate Law: Friends of the Irish Environment v Ireland, Irish Supreme Court Review, 3, (1), 2022, p141 - 160 Journal Article, 2022 URL

Three Binaries in People v Arctic Oil in, A Force of Energy: Essays in Energy Law in Honour of Professor Martha Roggenkamp, Groningen, University of Groningen Press, 2022, pp84 - 93, [Suryapratim Roy] Book Chapter, 2022 URL TARA - Full Text

Suryapratim Roy, Constitutive Reasons and Consequences of Expressive Norms, International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, 34, (2), 2021, p389 - 408 Journal Article, 2021 URL

The Visual Culture of Law in India: A response to Rahela Khorakiwala in, editor(s)Swethaa Ballakrishnen and Sara Dezalay , Invisible Institutionalisms, United Kingdom, Hart Publishing, 2021, pp107 - 114, [Suryapratim Roy] Book Chapter, 2021 URL

The 'Streetlight Effect' in Commentary on Citizenship by Investment in, editor(s)Dimitry Kochenov and Kristin Surak , Citizenship and Residence Sales: Rethinking the Boundaries of Belonging, United Kingdom, Cambridge University Press, 2021, pp25 , [Suryapratim Roy] Book Chapter, 2021

Distributional Concerns in Environmental Policy Instruments in, editor(s)Kenneth R. Richards and Josephine van Zeben , Policy Instruments in Environmental Law, Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020, pp27 , [Suryapratim Roy] Book Chapter, 2020 URL

Commentary on China and India in, editor(s)Dimitry Kochenov and Justin Lindeboom , Kälin and Kochenov's Quality of Nationality Index, United Kingdom, Hart Publishing, 2020, pp265 - 268, [Suryapratim Roy] Book Chapter, 2020 URL

Deirdre Ahern and Suryapratim Roy, Policy Responses to Covid-19 In Ireland: Supporting Individuals, Communities, Businesses, and the Economy, COVID-19 Legal Observatory, Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, December , 2020, p1 - 108 Report, 2020 URL TARA - Full Text

Suryapratim Roy and Giulia Mennillo, The Credit Rating Agency Paradox: Looking behind the Regulatory License, Governing through Instruments II: Standards, Ratings, and Certification, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics Annual Conference , The New School, New York, June 27, 2019, 2019 Conference Paper, 2019 URL

Suryapratim Roy, Urgenda II and its Discontents , Carbon and Climate Law Review , 13, (2), 2019, p130 - 141 Journal Article, 2019 URL

Suryapratim Roy, Distribution as the Organising Principle of Environmental Regulation, German Law Journal , 19, (3), 2018, p649 - 664 Journal Article, 2018 TARA - Full Text

Suryapratim Roy, Never Any End to an Event: A review essay on Law and Historical Memory, Journal of Comparative Law, 18, (1), 2018, p15 Journal Article, 2018

Suryapratim Roy, Situating the Individual within Climate Law: A behavioural law and economics approach to end-user emissions trading, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 2017 Thesis, 2017

Distributive Choices in Urgenda and EU Climate Law in, editor(s)Martha Roggenkamp and Catherine Banet , European Energy Law Report XI, Cambridge, UK, Intersentia, 2017, pp47 - 68, [Suryapratim Roy] Book Chapter, 2017

Suryapratim Roy, Agency as Responsiveness, European University Institute Department of Law Research Paper No. 2016/04, 2016 Working Paper, 2016

Suryapratim Roy, Mediators and Moderators of Normative Reductionism: Towards a testimonial approach to expertise in legal inquiry, European Journal of Risk Regulation, 7, (3), 2016, p532- Journal Article, 2016

Suryapratim Roy, Situating Urgenda v. The Netherlands within Comparative Climate Litigation, Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, 34, (2), 2016, p165- Journal Article, 2016

Suryapratim Roy/Dimitry Kochenov, The Quality of Nationality in China and India, The Henley-Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index 2016, Henley & Partners, 2016, 7 Report, 2016

Suryapratim Roy, Urgenda v. The Netherlands: A new climate change constitutionalism?, Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Energierecht, 5, 2015, p75- Journal Article, 2015

Justice as Europe's Signifier in, editor(s)Dimitry Kochenov, Gráinne de Búrca, Andrew Williams , Europe's Justice Deficit?, Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2015, pp79 - [Suryapratim Roy] Book Chapter, 2015

Suryapratim Roy, Privileging (some forms of) Interdisciplinarity and Interpretation: Methods in Comparative Law, International Journal of Constitutional Law, 12, (3), 2014, p786 - 807 Journal Article, 2014

Suryapratim Roy & Giulia Mennillo, Ratings and Regulation: A case of an irreversible marriage? Harvard Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Working Paper, 2014 Working Paper, 2014

End-user Emissions Trading: What, why, how and when in, editor(s)Martha Roggenkamp and Olivia Woolley , European Energy Law Report IX, Belgium, Intersentia, 2012, pp111 - 142, [Suryapratim Roy & Edwin Woerdman] Book Chapter, 2012

Suryapratim Roy, From 'Crowding Out' to 'Crowding In': Towards an institutional analysis of Climate Adaptation Funds, South African Institute of International Affairs Occasional Paper , 119, Johannesburg, South African Institute of International Affairs, 2012, 30 Report, 2012

Suryapratim Roy, Tsidiso Disenanya & Sheila Kiratu, Clean Energy Investment in Developing Countries: Domestic Barriers and Opportunities in South Africa, Trade, Investment and Climate Change Series, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, International Institute for Sustainable Development, June, 2010, 77 Report, 2010

Suryapratim Roy & Sheila Kiratu, Beyond Barriers: the Gender Implications of Trade Liberalisation in Southern Africa, Trade Knowledge Network Series, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, International Institute for Sustainable Development, February, 2010, 30 Report, 2010

Financing Solutions to Climate Change in sub-Saharan Africa: Towards an assessment of Institutional and Market Challenges in, editor(s)Peter Draper and Ivan Mbiri , Climate Change and Trade: the Challenges for Southern Africa', Johannesburg, Jacana Publishers, 2010, pp27 , [Suryapratim Roy & Sheila Kiratu] Book Chapter, 2010

Suryapratim Roy, The Bengali Press 1800-1850, Journal of the Calcutta Historical Society, 122, 2004, p77 - 89 Journal Article, 2004

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Suryapratim Roy, Rahul Sambaraju, Secularism in Hindu Rashtra, Workshop on Secularism, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, May 3 -4 2023, edited by Farrah Ahmed and Nathaniel Mull , 2023 Conference Paper, 2023 URL

Suryapratim Roy and Rahul Sambaraju, Constitutional Accommodation and the Citizenship Amendment Act, European Conference for South Asian Studies Annual Conference, Turin, 26 - 29 July 2023, 2023 Conference Paper, 2023 URL

Suryapratim Roy, Ambedkar in the Here and Now, Frontline, 40, (18), 2023 Journal Article, 2023 URL

Suryapratim Roy, BR Ambedkar and Walter Benjamin's Critique of Constituent Power, Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Oxford , 28 June, 2023, 2023 Conference Paper, 2023 URL

Dimitry Kochenov and Suryapratim Roy, Putinism is Contagious, 2022, - Miscellaneous, 2022 URL

Suryapratim Roy, A Naipauline Conversion?, Dublin Review of Books, (130), 2021 Review Article, 2021 URL

Suryapratim Roy, Law and the Non-human, Workshop on Animal Rights, University of Cambridge, March 2020, 2020 Oral Presentation, 2020

Suryapratim Roy, The Visual Culture of Law, Panel on Invisible Institutionalisms, Law and Society Association Annual Conference, Denver, May 2020, 2020 Oral Presentation, 2020

Suryapratim Roy & Rahul Sambaraju , Indian citizenship has now been reduced to 'us' versus 'them', The Conversation, 2020, - Miscellaneous, 2020 URL

Suryapratim Roy, Human Rights and Democracy after COVID-19, June 2, 2020, Trinity College Dublin Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2020 URL

Suryapratim Roy, Negotiating Interdisciplinarity in Environmental Law, Asian Development Bank- United Nations Environment Programme 'Train the Trainers' Workshop, New Delhi, November 2020, 2020 Oral Presentation, 2020 URL

Alexandru Gociu & Suryapratim Roy , Norway's Supreme Court set to rule on whether the country can keep searching for new Arctic oil, The Conversation, 2020, - Miscellaneous, 2020 URL

Suryapratim Roy, Against Apathy, Review of Ice on Fire, India Today, 2019 Review, 2019

Suryapratim Roy, Comparative Climate Litigation and Human Rights, European Society of International Law Climate Change Conference, Dundee, September, 2019, University of Dundee Invited Talk, 2019

Suryapratim Roy, Discursive and Distributive Choices in the EU Social Market Economy, Review of 'The EU Social Market Economy and the Law:Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Challenges for the EU (Abingdon: Routledge, 2019)' , by Delia Ferri and Fulvio Cortese , Common Market Law Review, 56, (5), 2019, p1427 - 1430 Review, 2019 URL

Suryapratim Roy, Is Climate Change an Issue of Human Rights, The Irish Times, October 15, 2019, 2019, - Miscellaneous, 2019 URL

Suryapratim Roy, I Will Surive, Review of The Wall, by John Lanchester , India Today, 2019 Review, 2019 URL

Suryapratim Roy, Article 8 ECHR and Climate Change, Workshop on Applications of the Right to Private and Family Life under the European Convention on Human Rights, Dublin, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Suryapratim Roy, What is Residency?, Critical Perspectives in Investment Migration, Geneva, July , 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Suryapratim Roy, Memory Rule of Law, Legal Governance of Historical Memory in Comparative Perspective, The Hague, The Netherlands, October , 2018, The Asser Institute Invited Talk, 2018

Suryapratim Roy , Behavioural Studies and Legal Theory, Irish Jurisprudence Society , Dubln , December, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018

Suryapratim Roy, Locating Agency in Automated Behaviour, 28th Congress of the International Association for the Philosophy of Law, July, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

Suryapratim Roy, Plenary talk on 'Climate Change and Tort', Plenary of the Annual Conference on the Common Core of European Private Law, Lecce, Italy, November, 2016, Common Core of European Private Law Invited Talk, 2016

Suryapratim Roy, Polycentric Governance in the European Union and the Rule of Law, UACES 46th Annual Conference, London, September, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

Suryapratim Roy, Review of Recent Works in Comparative Law, Review of Practice and Theory of Comparative Law, by Maurice Adams and Jacco Bomhoff , Common Market Law Review, 51, 2014, p3 Review, 2014

Dimitry Kochenov & Suryapratim Roy, ''Turning EU Citizenship into a viable tool of EU Federalism'', Verfassungsblog, 2013, - Digital research resource production, 2013

Suryapratim Roy, Hindu Zion, Inaugural Conference, Durham Centre for Indian Law and Policy, Durham, 19-20 June 2023 Oral Presentation, URL



Visiting Lecturer, Bocconi University, Milan 2017

Reviewer for the following journals: 1) Carbon and Climate Law Review 2) Climate Policy 3) European Journal of Risk Regulation 4) European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance 5) European Journal of Law & Economics 6) Environmental Science & Policy 7) Dublin University Law Journal 8) German Yearbook of International Law

Designed preliminary materials on 'Conceptualising Investment Migration' for the Investment Migration Council Education Project 2019

Awards and Honours

Workshop Grant, Human Development & Capability Association, Harvard Global Equity Initiative, 2014

Promovendus funding, Faculty of Law, University of Groningen, 2011

Erasmus Mundus Scholar 2009-2010

Young Leader for a Sustainable Future Grant, International Institute for Sustainable Development, 2008


Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) 2020

Irish Association of Law Teachers (IALT) 2020

Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) 2015

European Union Studies Association 2016

Society for Environmental Law and Economics (SELE) 2014

Human Development and Capabilities Association 2015

International Society of Public Law

Dutch Energy Law Association 2014

Bar Council of India 2008

Law and Society Association 2017