Assistant Professor of Law


  • Office: 120 Tremont St.,
  • Suite: 250-C
  • Phone: 617-573-5758
  • Fax: 617-305-3079
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  • BS, Cornell University
  • MPA, JD, Harvard University


  • Property
  • International Environmental Law


Sharmila L. Murthy recently joined the faculty of Suffolk Law as an Assistant Professor, where she will be teaching property and international environmental law. Her research focuses on questions at the intersection of human rights, poverty, and the environment. She is particularly interested in examining legal and policy barriers to equitable water access and sustainable water management. She has written on the meaning of the human right to water and sanitation under international law and the controversy over privatization; on the relationship between land security and water access in the slums of Mumbai, India; on the use of carbon markets to fund clean water projects; on the right to water in the Negev in Israel; on Iraq’s constitutional mandate to ensure the just distribution of water; and more broadly on questions of water governance.

Professor Murthy was previously at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she co-led the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Program as a Fellow with the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. As a Fellow with the Sustainability Science Program at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, she also served as the Lead Investigator for the Water Sector in an interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral research project on "Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development." During the 2013-2014 academic year, she will continue to be engaged in this research. Professor Murthy has also taught at Harvard executive education programs and at the Water Diplomacy Workshop organized by MIT and Tufts.

Professor Murthy received her JD from Harvard Law School, her MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, and BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University. She clerked for the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She was also a Fulbright Scholar in India and the recipient of the New Advocate of the Year award by the Tennessee Alliance of Legal Services. Prior to transitioning to academia, Professor Murthy was a Skadden Fellow with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands and also litigated complex and class action litigation with Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein. She has also been active with numerous civic organizations and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the American Constitution Society Boston Lawyer Chapter.