Sara Hayat

Lawyer & Climate Activist

Sara Hayat is a lawyer and consultant specialising in climate change law and policy. She has experience working on multiple nuances of climate change, from advising the government on preparing Pakistan’s updated Nationally Determined Contributions, to working with the World Bank, UNDP, Amnesty International and USIP on different climate adaptation and mitigation measures. An adjunct professor at LUMS, she is also on the leadership council of the Agha Khan University think tank, ‘Sustainable Development Solutions Network in Pakistan.’ She is a main member of Climate Action Pakistan which organised the first climate strikes in Pakistan and raised a wave of climate activism and awareness. Hayat is a renowned climate advocate, both locally and internationally, and is routinely invited as a climate expert to raise awareness on climate change. She takes special interest on the impacts of climate change on women in Pakistan. Hayat completed her LLB from Lahore before going for her first LLM to Durham University, UK. She then practiced law in Pakistan for over 6 years before going for a second LLM to the University of Michigan, US, to study climate change law and environmental justice. She writes on climate change for leading publications and was the Vice Chairperson for the Lahore High Court Committee on Air Pollution and Solid Waste Management.

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