Dr Siva Thambisetty

Dr Siva Thambisetty

Associate Professor of Law

LSE Law School

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About me

Siva Thambisetty is an Associate Professor of Law at the London School of Economics, where she teaches and researches on the legal protection of inventions, innovation in emerging technologies, cultural property and the use and circulation of genetic resources. Among others, she has previously held grants from the EPSRC for a project on synthetic biology at Imperial College and an EU Horizon 2020 grant for a study on marine genetic resources under the Nagoya Protocol. Dr Thambisetty attended intergovernmental negotiations on the BBNJ Treaty, first as an advisor to the Pacific Small Island Developing States (IGC2, IGC3) and second, as an expert on the G77 Chair’s Team in 2022 (IGC5) and 2023 (Resumed IGC5).

From 2019 to 2023 her work and publications on the Treaty negotiations was funded by LSE Knowledge Exchange and Impact. She currently leads a project on a KEI funded Oceans Biodiversity Collective, engaging in policy conversations on the Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction Treaty.

For more about her work on the Treaty, read further details or see this video.

View a recent public event ‘The Oceans Treaty as a Win for Multilateralism: What Comes Next’

Administrative support: Law.Reception@lse.ac.uk


External activities

  • Advisor to the G77 plus China group – BBNJ Treaty Negotiations (2022-23) 
  • Advisor to the Pacific Small Island Developing States – BBNJ Treaty Negotiations (2019-2020)


1. EPSRC Discipline Hopping Grant ‘Synthetic Biology: Generativity and the Limits of Intellectual Property Law’ ((PI, 2011-12, £86,000).

2. EU Horizon 2020 INMARE Project ‘The Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol’ (PI, 2015-2019, 165,000 euros). Funding includes Band 7 post- doctoral research officer position and teaching buy out.

3. KEI Project on the Ocean Biodiversity Collective. 

Research interests

I work on legal protection of technology; and the use, circulation and ownership of genetic resources. I am currently working on Treaty interpretation of the Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction Treaty