Legal Head - Counter Wildlife Trafficking
Shyama has ten years of experience in working on enviro-legal subjects ranging from forest conservation, biodiversity and climate change to issues of urban environmental governance from the lens of gender justice and human rights. She holds an undergraduate degree in law from the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi and a Master’s from National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad. Prior to joining WCS-India, she worked as a legal consultant with Vidhi Center for Legal Policy, New Delhi; Enviro Legal Defence Firm (ELDF), New Delhi; and independently as well. In the course of her career she has worked on enviro-legal compliance, conducted training and capacity building exercises and carried out law and policy drafting. She also writes regularly on natural resource management laws in newspapers and online news portals.
Aditi Bardia is a fourth-year B.B.A LL.B. (Hons.) student at Symbiosis Law School, Pune. Her area of interest is Animal Laws and their intersectionality with other areas of law. She is particularly interested in Wildlife Laws. She has interned in the capacity of legal research and policy intern at People for Animals India, Animal Law Centre, NALSAR and is currently working as a legal intern at WCS-India.
Mandvi is the Law Officer- Counter Wildlife Trafficking at WCS India. She is a graduate of the National Law University Jodhpur. Mandvi aims to contribute to the resolution of environmental disputes and use her legal skills to assist the professionals actively involved in achieving climate justice. She believes deeply in the importance of biodiversity conservation and has centred her legal education around gaining the substantive experience required to work efficiently in the environmental policy development work. Her interest in climate justice has pushed her to work with several experts in the fields of human-elephant Conflict, e-waste management, environmental litigation etc. During her collaboration with World Wildlife Fund India, she conducted empirical research on the ex-gratia/ compensation policy of the Assam government for the victims of human-wildlife conflict. She is now actively involved in implementing the findings from her research.
Pradipty has been working with the legal team of WCS-India since 2019. She holds a bachelor's degree in law from Symbiosis Law School, Pune, and a Master's in Constitutional and Administrative Law from the School of Law, Christ University. She is also pursuing her Ph.D. where she is looking into the legal aspect of cyber wildlife crime in India.
At WCS-India, currently, she works as a Senior Law Officer - Training for the Counter Wildlife Trafficking Programme. Her role involves conducting capacity-building sessions and developing field guides for the Forest Department, Fisheries, Coast Guard, Marine Police, Customs, Public Prosecutors, Judiciary, Central Armed Police Forces, and other enforcement agencies. She conducts interactive and activity-based sessions on the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, Crime Scene Investigation, Legal Documentation, Witness Preparation, and Cyber Wildlife Crime. Her role also involves assisting the enforcement in wildlife crime cases on a need basis.
Samir is practicing advocacy especially in forest and wildlife laws since 1993. He was a resource person at various organisations like Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun, North Eastern Police Academy, Shillong, TRAFFIC- India and WWF. He is a regular resource person of Wildlife Crime Control Bureau and WCS-India in capacity building workshops for forest and police officers in North east India. He is the winner of 'Wildlife Participatory Management Award - 2009' by the Government of West Bengal.
Shubhra Sotie is a Senior Law Officer with WCS-India and associated with the Counter Wildife Trafficking programme since 2019. In her years in law school, she extensively worked with environmental advocacy groups and grassroots organizations in Uttarakahand on waste management and tourism policy in the Himalayas. She was also familiarized with enviro-legal issues through her time at environmental law firms and NGT Central Zonal Bench.
Shubhra's work at WCS includes interdisciplinary research into environmental policy gaps and possible interventions, community conservation and wildlife crime. She leads the Legal Gap Analysis project and co-leads the Victim Impact Statement project. She also conducts sessions in Legal capacity building workshops for the Judiciary, Forest Department and lawyers. Shubhra is passionate about all things wild. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading books, buying books and thinking about books (even on a hike).
Sushmitha is a final year student at School of Law, CHRIST (Deemed to be University). She is currently a legal intern at WCS-India. In addition to her passion for environmental law and policy, she also loves music and dance.