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Chancellor  T.S. Thakur
Preceded by  V.S. Mani

Name  Bimal Patel
Alma mater  Leiden University
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Profession  Civil Servant and Academician

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Bimal N. Patel is a Professor of Public International Law and the current Director of the Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar. He was appointed by a High Level Committee headed by the then Chief Justice of India, K G Balakrishnan, at the Supreme Court of India premises. The Government of India has also recently appointed him as a member of the 21st Law Commission of India along with Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan, retired Judge of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India as its chairperson. Prof. Patel is a former International civil servant, scholar and academician of international law and diplomacy.An acclaimed international law jurist, he has extensively studied, researched, commented and published works on the administrative, procedural and substantive jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and International Labour Organisation Administrative Tribunal (Geneva). His publications on India and International Law and Responsibility of International Organisations are reviewed and referred by international law scholars and journals across the world. He has published, edited several books, research papers/articles/surveys in leading academic and international law journals. He has been involved in drafting several national and state primary and secondary legislations, regulations, rules and holds the distinction as one of the first Indians to serve at the International Labour Organization Administrative Tribunal (Geneva). He has delivered numerous lectures, including one at Cambridge University, UK, and has received several honours. He has served at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,Hague, Netherlands.


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Dr Patel, was awarded the first Doctorate of Philosophy in International Law and Governance by the Jaipur National University, Jaipur India under the guidance of Professor V. S. Mani and the second PhD in International law from the prestigious Leiden University. He acquired LLM in International Law from Leiden University and Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam. He also obtained Post master's degree Graduate Diploma in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam and Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations and Development from the Institute of Social Studies, the Hague, The Netherlands. He received Post Graduate Summer School Certificate in International Relations, Foreign Policy and Government from the University of Oslo, Norway. He completed his undergraduate studies in Agriculture Science from the Gujarat Agriculture University, Anand (Gujarat) India.


Dr Patel served the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Hague between 1995 to 2009. Dr Patel has researched on the jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice, ITLOS, ICTY and ILOAT. He has published and edited several books, research papers/articles/surveys in leading academic and international law journals. He has experience in designing and implementing international and national development and research programmes and projects and networking and coordination with governmental agencies, UN bodies and academic/research institutions in various parts of the world. At GNLU he teaches courses and supervises thesis and seminar papers in Public International Law, Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes and Law of the Sea and Maritime Law at undergraduate and post-graduate level. He has published, edited several books, research papers/articles/surveys in leading academic and international law journals. He possesses practical experience in dealing with international administrative law (international civil service laws) and organisational staff-management bodies. He has delivered lectures at Cambridge University, UK, Hague Academy of International Law, the Netherlands, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, the Netherlands, Erasmus University of Rotterdam School of Law, the Netherlands, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway, University of Rome, La Sapienza, Rome, Italy, University of Auckland, New Zealand, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He was also specially invited to address the World Ocean Science Congress.He was also appointed as a member of the search panel for the selection of Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and as a member of the six member panel headed by cabinet secretary PK Sinha to recommend the Chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). Prof Patel is also member of the high level National Security Advisory Board of India.

Term as Director

Under the leadership of Dr Patel GNLU has had a steady growth. Since 2011, GNLU has started receiving USD 2 million grants from the UGC under its five-year plan for general and overall development. He is credited to have played a pioneering role and responsibility in creating world class campus of GNLU spread across 50 acres of land given by the State Government of Gujarat and further generous assistance of nearly 40 million USD by the Gujarat Government. He has been instrumental in starting many new courses and programmes and has transformed the academic system of GNLU by adopting the Research Based Teaching University curriculum. He also brought two prestigious global level conferences in India the Prestigious External Program of the Academy in collaboration with The Hague Academy of International Law, one of the most prestigious international law academies and the Global Maritime Conference where the Under Secretary-General of the United Nations delivered the keynote .Diplomats and Administrators of more than 10 countries were present. Judges of the International Court of Justice and International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea were among the participants. Ambassadors and diplomats of different nations took part in this conference along with senior officers of the Indian Government. He was also designated as the Resource Person, UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Geneva. He has successfully initiated and implemented LLM, PhD, diploma and certificate programmes, including on-line programmes in law and interdisciplinary fields. He has pioneered in initiating several executive training programmes for members of executive, judiciary, government departments, defence forces, NGOs, among others. He has been instrumental in the public-private partnership model through establishing various chairs and fellowships in the areas of Law of the Sea, Intellectual Property Rights, Mergers and Acquisitions, Labour Laws, Real Estate, Energy Law, Environment and Sustainable Development, International Contracts among others. He has contributed to the creation of a Research-based Teaching University and Research-based Administrative University model, respectively.

Bills/Acts Drafted

The United Nations, Government of India and Government of Gujarat have engaged Dr. Patel to act as Adviser to many Ministries and Departments and has been deputed to draft both international, national and state level legislation.

  • Antarctica Act of India;
  • Deep Seabed Mining Act of India;
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Policy for Public Sector Undertakings;
  • Acts establishing universities such as Gujarat Sports University, Children University, Indian Institute of Teachers’ Education, Gujarat State Litigation Policy;
  • Gujarat Ombudsman (Lokayukta) Bill;
  • Zero Landfill Regulations for 15 Wastes (Legal Guidelines for the Reduction, Recycling and Reuse of Waste);
  • Temple Trust Bill;
  • Draft Statute for Gujarat State Law Commission;
  • Salt-pan Workers’ Welfare Regulations; among others.
  • Books Authored/Edited

    1. World Court Reference Guide: Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders of the Permanent Court of International Justice and the International Court of Justice (1922 - 2000), Kluwer Law International (2002)
    2. World Court Reference Guide and the Case-Law Digest (2000 - 2010), Brill / Nijhoff (2014)
    3. India and International Law, Volume 1, Nijhoff (2005)
    4. India and International Law, Volume 2, Nijhoff (2008)
    5. A Comprehensive Guide on Laws of Human Rights Laws of Commonwealth Countries, Wadhwa Publications (2007)
    6. Law of the Sea and ITLOS Jurisprudence, Eastern Book Company (2015)
    7. Maritime Security and Anti-Piracy: Global Issues and Challenges, Eastern Book Company (2012)
    8. Responsibility of International Organisations: Regime of Legal Obligations between the United Nations, the World Bank, the IAEA and the European Union, Eastern Book Company (2013)
    9. Indian Banking Law and Case-Law Digest, Eastern Book Company (2014)
    10. Food Security Laws: Interdisciplinary Perspective, Eastern Book Company (2013)
    11. Economic Analysis of Law: An Indian Perspective, Eastern Book Company (2014)
    12. Law, Politics and Development: Issues and Challenges for the 21st Century of India, Eastern Book Company (2013)

    Fellowships and Awards

  • Visiting Professor, University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Hague University Faculty Member, the Netherlands
  • Visiting Scholar, Tel Aviv University, Israel (Invitee)
  • External Examiner, University of Mauritius, Mauritius
  • Visiting Associate Professor, University of Malaya, Malaysia
  • Visiting Professor & Eminent Scholar Member, GNLU, India
  • Adjunct Professor, Sardar Patel University, V. V. Nagar, India
  • Visiting Professor & Advisor, MIT School of Government, Pune, India
  • Member, ILA Committee on Teaching of International Law
  • Life Member and Honorary European Coordinator, Indian Society of International Law
  • Member, American, Australian-New Zealand, Indian, European Society of International Law, International Law Association, Netherlands Association of International Law (NVIR)
  • References

    Bimal N. Patel Wikipedia

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