Professor Bimal N. Patel of India was elected to the International Law Commission, a body of legal experts of the United Nations, for a term of five years from January 1, 2023. He won the most votes in the Asia-Pacific region, with 163, out of 192, according to the UNI news agency.
The Permanent Mission of India to the UN tweeted: “Professor Bimal Patel from India is elected to #ILC for a 5 year term.
“Our contribution to #ILC will reflect the commitment to maintaining a rules-based international order, underpinned by #RuleOfLaw,” he posted.
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TS Tirumurti, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, in a congratulatory tweet said:
“Heartfelt congratulations to Professor Bimal Patel @RakshaUni
for election to the International Law Commission at the head of the group.
“Thank you to all UN member states for their overwhelming support for our Indian candidacy,” he wrote.
Patel is Vice Chancellor of Rashtriya Raksha University and a member of India’s National Security Advisory Council. He is also a Senior Academic Advisor on India’s Membership in the United Nations Security Council (2021-22) and was a member of the 21st Law Commission of India, Government of India (2015-2018).
The ILC is a body of United Nations legal experts responsible for developing and codifying international law. It is made up of 34 members who are elected to the Commission by UN Member States for a 5-year term.