Indian lawyer Aniruddha Rajput was on 4 November 2016 elected as a Member of International Law Commission (ILC), a top body of legal experts of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
He is India’s first time candidate to the Commission and youngest among the group. He is also the first Indian nominee chosen from outside the close circuit of lawyers of the Union Ministry of External Affairs.
Rajput is among other 34 individuals elected as members of the ILC. The members were elected from five geographical groupings of Asia-Pacific, African, Latin American and Caribbean, Eastern European and Western European states. They will have five-year term commencing from January 2017.
Rajput was elected from the Asia Pacific Group by gaining 160 votes.
About Aniruddha Rajput
• A practicising lawyer of India’s Supreme Court, Rajput is an alumnus of the London School of Economics and Political Science.
• He was a member of an expert group appointed by the Law Commission of India to study the Model Bilateral Investment Treaty 2015 of India.
• He drafted the Sports Bill, 2012 at the second revision stage and has advised the state governments of Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir on laws relating to industry and mining.
• He is also a member of the Governing Council of the Global Village Foundation.
• He has several publications to his name including books, articles, chapters, conference papers on legal issues.
About International Law Commission (ILC)
• The ILC was established by the UNGA in 1947 to undertake the mandate of UN to ensure promotion and progressive development of International law and its codification.
• It holds its annual session in Geneva, Switzerland for a period of ten to twelve weeks.
• The members of the Commission are the people who possess recognized competence and qualifications in both doctrinal and practical aspects of international law.
Who: Aniruddha Rajput
When: 4 November 2016