Maneka Kuar is from the mountainous Jammu and Kashmir region of India. She graduated from law school in Delhi in 2012. Environmental law became her "calling" when she studied cases about the chemical disaster in Bhopal, pollution of the Ganges River, and protection of the Taj Mahal. She published an article in Ecotone, the yearly journal published by the Environmental Studies department of the University, entitled "Piety without Noise," which discussed the connection between human rights and noise caused by religious practices in India.
Maneka received her Masters in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from University of Oregon in spring 2013 where, as a graduate research assistant to her International Environmental Law professor, she had the opportunity to write a handbook on environmental laws in India. She spent the summer interning at International Rivers Network in Berkeley, focusing on the South Asian region. Maneka joins Earthjustice’s International Program as a visiting attorney, where she will primarily focus on issues involving India.
In her free time, Maneka is an avid sketch artist and hill walker, and she likes to read.