Law commission

Professor Bimal Patel elected to the International Law Commission for a 5-year term

Professor Patel has held various positions, such as Director of Gujarat National Law University and member of the 21st Law Commission of India.

Professor Bimal Patel, Vice-Chancellor of Rashtriya Raksha University and member of India’s National Security Advisory Council, has been elected to the International Law Commission for a five-year term starting January 1, 2023 when ‘a hotly contested election at the United Nations.

“Sincere congratulations to Professor Bimal Patel @RakshaUni on his election to the International Law Commission at the head of the group,” tweeted the Permanent Representative of India to United Nations Ambassador TS Tirumurti, thanking all member states of the UN for their overwhelming support for India’s candidacy.

Prof Patel garnered 163 votes in the United Nations General Assembly out of 192 members present and voting, leading the Asia-Pacific group which included candidates from China, South Korea and Japan.

In the Asia-Pacific group, there were 11 very strong candidates vying for 8 seats, making the election very contested.

“Professor Bimal Patel from India is elected to #ILC for a 5-year term. Our contribution to #ILC will reflect the commitment to upholding a rules-based international order, underpinned by #RuleOfLaw, ”the Permanent Mission of India to the UN tweeted immediately after the election results were announced on Friday.

“I sincerely thank all the countries that have placed their trust in the Indian candidate with the most votes in the Asia-Pacific group,” the mission said.

India leads the group with 163 votes for Patel, followed by 162 votes for Thailand, 154 for Japan and 145 for Vietnam.

China could manage 142 votes, followed by 140 for South Korea, 139 for Cyprus and 123 for Mongolia.

Professor Patel is an esteemed educator, lawyer and administrator and during his professional career spanning more than three decades he has held various positions such as Director of the Gujarat National Law University and member of the 21st Law Commission of India.

He worked for 15 years in global organizations such as the United Nations for youth and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, Netherlands, according to his profile on the website of the ‘Rashtriya Raksha University.

The International Law Commission was established by the General Assembly in 1947 to undertake the mandate of the Assembly to “initiate studies and make recommendations with the aim of… encouraging the progressive development of international law and its codification”.

The Statute of the International Law Commission provides that the Commission will be composed of 34 members “who shall be persons having recognized competence in international law”. The members of the Commission are elected by the General Assembly from a list of candidates presented by the governments of the Member States of the United Nations.