Lys Kulamadayil profile


Research Associate
Spoken languages
English, German, Malayalam, French
Areas of expertise
  • General international law
  • Corruption
  • Decolonization
  • Development and rule of law
  • Climate Change
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Racism

Lys Kulamadayil is an international lawyer and a post-doc at Helmut-Schmidt University. She holds an LL.B. jointly awarded by the Universities of Bremen, Oldenburg and Groningen, an LL.M. from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Dr. Kulamadayil has previously held posts with the German Federal Foreign Office (humanitarian affairs) and has been an SNSF-funded mobility post-doc in Amsterdam. She has had research stays in Vienna, Cambridge, MA and Lubumbashi. In her forthcoming monograph, Dr Kulamadayil explores the role international law has played in the extraction of mineral resources in post-colonial countries (Hart Publishing).


Selected Publications



Kulamadayil, Lys. 2023. Ableism in the college of international lawyers: On disabling differences in the professional field" Leiden Journal of International Law: 1–15.

Kulamadayil, Lys. "Grand Theft in International Law" London Review of International Law 10, no. 3 (2022): 427–57.

Kulamadayil, Lys. "Petro-States’ Shaping of International Law", Journal of the History of International Law (published online ahead of print 2022)

Kulamadayil, Lys. "Placed in Between: The Natural Environment in International Law" Transnational Legal Theory 13, no. 4 (2022): 466-74.

Kulamadayil, Lys. "Between Activism and Complacency, International Law Perspectives on European Climate Litigation" ESIL Reflections 10, no. 5 (2021).

Randeria, Shalini, and Lys Kulamadayil. "Promise and Pitfalls of Polytheism: A Critique of the World Development Report 2017" International Development Policy 12, no. 12.1 (2020).

Kulamadayil, Lys. "When International Law Distracts: Reconsidering Anti-Corruption Law" ESIL Reflections 7, no. 3 (2018).



Kulamadayil, Lys. "Germany’s Reliance on Its Healthcare ‘Brown Angels’" Social Europe, 5 January 2022 2022.

Kulamadayil, Lys. "Informed Dissent or Misinformed Rebellion? Making Sense of India’s Farmer Protests" In Völkerrechtsblog, 2021.

Kulamadayil, Lys. "Have You Met Dan Gertler?" Social Europe, 16 February 2021 16 February 2021.