Indian Lawyer Aniruddha Rajput Elected to UN’S International Law Commission (Download PDF)


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Aniruddha Rajput was elected to United Nation General Assembly’s top body of legal experts, International Law Commission at the age of 33 year old. This Indian lawyer is among 34 individuals elected by UN General Assembly through voting by way of a secret ballot.

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Key Aspects

  • Five-year term of the newly elected members commences from January 2017.
  • Elected from 5 geographical groupings:

    • African
    • Asia-Pacific
    • Eastern European
    • Latin American and Caribbean
    • Western European states
  • Aniruddha Rajput topped the Asia Pacific Group gathering 160 votes
  • First Indian chosen from outside the close circuit of lawyers of the Ministry of External Affairs.
  • Nominee from Japan came second with 148 votes
  • Candidates from Jordan and China tied at the third spot with 146 votes each.

About Aniruddha Rajput:

  • Aniruddha practiced in Supreme Court for 6 years and
  • Graduate of London School of Economics.
  • Visiting professor at Indian Law Institute for international Commercial Arbitration and International Trade Law.
  • Appointed by Law Commission of India to an expert group tasked with analysis of Model Bilateral Investment Treaty 2015.
  • Publications include chapters, articles, books, conference papers on legal issues.
  • Main areas of interest include

    • Sources of international law
    • Law of sea
    • International arbitration
    • UN law & practice and international trade law (WTO law).

About International Law Commission (ILC)

  • 1947: ILC was established by the United Nations General Assembly.
  • Mandate of UN to promote progressive development of international law and its codification.
  • Annual session at the United Nations Office at Geneva.
  • First order of business was Resolution of the Assembly of the League of Nations on 22nd September 1924.
  • Initially established as expert committee of 17 members.

- Published/Last Modified on: November 7, 2016

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