Menaka Nayar is an associate in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and a member of the Firm’s ESG & Impact Practice Group. Menaka focuses on advising clients in a range of sectors on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and business and human rights matters, including greenwashing risks, anti-ESG developments, enforcement and regulatory trends. She also has broad litigation experience in civil and criminal cases, including white collar and contentious regulatory matters before state, federal and foreign regulators.

She is a member of the American Bar Association’s Working Group to Draft Human Rights Protections in International Supply Contracts (which drafted and adopted the Model Contract Clauses for International Supply Chains, version 2.0), and the United Nations Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

Menaka holds a certificate in ESG and sustainable capitalism from Berkeley Law Executive Education. She is a frequent contributor to publications on topics relating to climate, business and human rights, and ESG issues.

She draws on a wide range of international experience in international development and human rights prior to joining private practice, including at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the court conducting trials of the Khmer Rouge regime responsible for the Cambodian genocide, and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation.


Thought Leadership

Menaka is a frequent commentator on ESG topics to the international press, including publications such as International Financial Law Review and NASDAQ.

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, American Bar Association Working Group to Draft Model Contract Clauses to Protect Human Rights in International Supply Chains

Member, United Nations Committee, New York City Bar Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2015New York


  • Duke University School of LawJ.D.; LL.M., International and Comparative Law2014
    H. Haywood Robbins Scholar
  • Duke UniversityB.A., Political Sciencemagna cum laude2011

    Phi Beta Kappa & Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Societies

    Alice M. Balwin Scholar