PATEL, Bimal N. Dr

Director and Professor of Public International Law
Gujarat National Law University, Gujarat, India

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  • Member, Law Commission of India, Government of India (2015-2018)
  • Member, National Security Advisory Board, Government of India
  • Member, Financial Sector Regulatory Appointments Search Committee, Government of India
  • Member, Selection Committee, Indian Council of Cultural Relations, Ministry of External Affairs
  • Member & Adviser, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India Selection Committee & Regulations Committee
  • Director (In-Charge), School of Law, Policy and Administration, Gujarat Maritime University
  • Independent Director, Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited, Government of Gujarat (2010-2018)
  • Independent Director, Gujarat State Petronet Limited, GSPL, Gujarat
  • Member, Gujarat Council on Science and Technology, Government of Gujarat
  • Member, Charotar University of Science and Technology Governing Board
  • Member, VIT Law School, Chennai, Academic Council

Academic qualifications

PhD (International Law, Leiden University, the Netherlands); PhD (International Law and Governance, Jaipur National University, India); LLM (International Law, University of Leiden, the Netherlands); MA (International Relations, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands); Post-Master Diploma (International Relations University of Amsterdam); Post-Graduate Diploma (International Relations & Development (International Institute of Social Studies, the Hague, the Netherlands); Summer School Certificate (Foreign Policy & Government, Oslo University, Norway); BSc (Gujarat Agriculture University, India). Reviews of Scholarly work .

Director / Professor of Public International Law, Gujarat National Law University, November 2008–
  • Providing academic, research, training and outreach leadership to the largest law university in terms of law, legal processes and inter-disciplinary programs, faculty, student strength and infrastructure
  • Conceptualisation and Development of Research-based Teaching University and Research-based Administrative University model
  • Designing, development and implementation of a wide range of academic partnership executive training and research programs with the institutions of legislation, governance, judiciary, defense forces, economic and corporate houses and NGOs / think-tanks
  • Successful establishment of endowment chairs / fellowships, inter alia, Microsoft IPR Chair, GUJCOST IPR Chair, ONGC International Contracts, GMB Maritime Laws and Practices, Khaitan & Co Mergers and Acquisitions, GUVNL Energy Law, SVNL Environment and Sustainable Development Law, CCEL Real Estate Laws and Ministry of Social Justice Safai Kamdar Programs and Practices.
  • Initiation and establishment of network of academic and research cooperation with universities and institutions in USA, Europe, Africa and Asia
  • 20 years of combined experience of progressively academic leadership and scholarly teaching, research experience in general international law, international relations, law of the sea, maritime law and international organizations.
  • As international law jurist, examination, preparation and publication of 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).
  • Teaching and research at LLB, LLM and PhD and diploma programs in international law, law of the sea, international organisations, among others.
  • 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.
  • Establishment and Maintenance of GNLU Campus with the assistance of USD 35 million and 50 acres of land by the Gujarat Government
  • Contribution to creation and sustenance of USD 2 million saving and corpus fund
Involvement in drafting laws, regulations, rules and law reports

National Litigation Policy; Merchant Shipping Bill 2016; Private Maritime Security Companies Rules; Antarctic 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; Temple Trust Bill; Draft Statute for Gujarat State Law Commission; Salt-pan Workers’ Welfare Regulations; among others.

Academic honours/membership/lectures

Hague Academy of International Law (the Hague); Xiamen Academy of International Law (Xiamen); International Foundation for the Law of the Sea (Hamburg); 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; Adjunct Professor, Sardar Patel University, V. V. Nagar, India; Visiting Professor & Advisor, MIT School of Government, Pune, India; Cambridge University; Institute of Social Studies, the Hague; Erasmus University of Rotterdam School of Law; University of Oslo, Norway; University of Rome, La Sapienza, Italy; University of Auckland, New Zealand; University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, among others. Member, ILA Committee on Teaching of International Law; Life Member & 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); member, Indian Law Institute (Gujarat Chapter).

Current research interests/role in legal research and publications
  • Research interests in International Courts and Tribunals, Law of the Sea and Maritime Laws, International Law & International Organisations, State practice on international law, Foreign Policy and International Law and Public-Private Partnership in Legal Education, Research and Training
  • Editor-in-Chief, Developing World Review on Trade and Competition
  • Chief Editor, Journal of Law, Development and Politics
  • Chief Editor, GNLU Law Review
  • Editor-in-Chief, Gujarat Law Journal

Selected Books and Research Projects in individual and editorial capacity

Law of the Sea and Maritime Laws
  • Indian Ocean and Maritime Security: Cooperation, Competition and Threats, Bimal N. Patel, William Nunes and Aruna Malik (eds.) (foreword by Mr Manohar Parrikar, Defense Minister of India), (upcoming Routledge, 2016)
  • Obligations under the UNCLOS - National Legislative Implementation Compliance Assessment of India (Report prepared and presented to National Security Advisory Board of India, September 2017)
  • "Sustainable Development and Marine Environment - A Preview of Legal Issues in India", in Sustainable Development and India: Convergence of Law, Politics, Economics and Science, Bimal N. Patel and Ranita Nagar (eds.) (upcoming Oxford University Press, 2017)
  • Marine Environment Law and Practice of China, India, Japan and Republic of Korea, Xiamen Academy of International Law (July 2016, upcoming)
  • International Tribunal for the Law of Sea (ITLOS) (1994-2014) Jurisprudence: Commentary, Case-Law Digest and Reference Guide (forewords by H. E. President Peter Tomka, ICJ and H. E. David Attard, Judge, ITLOS), (EBC: New Delhi: 2015)
  • "Implementation of the Freedom of Navigation and the Law of the Sea: Prospects of Naval Competition and Cooperation in the Indian Ocean”, US Naval War College Workshop, Hawaii, 12-13 January 2016
  • Good Order at Sea: Stability in the Indian Ocean, UGC Centre for Maritime Studies, University of Pondicherry, February 2016
  • The Bay of Bengal – Bangladesh-India Arbitration Award – Continuation of Dispute; Military Law and Operations Edition 2016, US Department of Defense, Vancouver, March 2016
  • "State Practices on Antarctica and International Law: Attempt at Identification of India's Interests, Needs and Concerns", P. S. Goel, R. Ravindra, S. Chattopadhyah (eds.) Science and Geopolitics of the White World Arctic-Antarctic-Himalaya, (Springer International Publishing, 2016, pp. 33-49
  • "Eight Dimensions of Maritime Security Law and Practice among Member States of the Indian Ocean Rim Association”, Law of the Sea Institute, University of Berkeley, Spain Proceedings 2015
  • "Law of the Sea: Maritime Security Enforcement and Jurisdictional Issues for the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Member States," Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, Routledge: 2014.
  • Legal Road Map for Exploring and Exploiting Resources in the Indian Ocean, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India
  • Global Maritime Security and Anti-Piracy: Issues and Challenges 2011, Bimal N. Patel, Hitesh Thakker and Asha Verma (New Delhi: EBC Publishing House: 2012)
Disputes Settlement – International and National Courts and Tribunals
  • A Commentary – International Litigation by and against India before the ICJ, PCA, ITLOS and WTO (upcoming EBC, 2017)
  • International Law in the Supreme Court of India (research under progress)
  • The World Court Reference Guide and the Case-Law Digest 2000-2010 (Edition II) (foreword by H. E. President Peter Tomka, ICJ), (Nijhoff: the Hague: 2014), ISBN 978-9004261877
  • The World Court Reference Guide: Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders of the PCIJ and ICJ (1922-2000, Edition 1) – (Introduction by Shabtai Rosenne); (Kluwer Law International: the Hague: 2002) (nominated for Certificate of Merits of the American Society of International Law)
  • International Tribunal for the Law of Sea (ITLOS) Jurisprudence, (1994-2014): Case Commentary, Case-Law Digest and Reference Guide, (foreword by H. E. President Peter Tomka, ICJ and H.E. Judge David Attard, ITLOS) (EBC: 2015)
  • Fiscal's Friend – International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia Jurisprudence, ICTY Case-Law Digest (ICTY: the Hague: 2002) (an internal research project)
  • Blue Print for Reducing the Backlog of Cases in the Subordinate Courts of the State of Gujarat, (GNLU: Gandhinagar: 2010)
  • Effectiveness of Government of Gujarat Measures for the Reduction of Court Cases – A Study of Functioning of Fast-Track Courts, Lok Adalats, Evening Courts and Nari Adalats, submitted to Law Department, Government of Gujarat, November 2013
  • GNLU Partnership with the Judiciary and Public Sector Undertakings in Gujarat in Reducing the Backlog of Cases, (GNLU: Gandhinagar: 2010)
State Practice and International Law
  • The Cambridge History of International Law, Vol. II, Part II, International Law in India (2nd Millennium BCE – 1857), Cambridge University Press (under preparation)
  • National Security of India and International Law (under research)
  • The State Practice of India and the Development of International Law: Dynamics of Interplay between Foreign Policy and Jurisprudence (upcoming Brill: 2016)
  • India and International Law (volume 1), (Kluwer Law International: the Hague: 2005)
  • India and International Law (volume 2), (Brill: the Hague: 2008)
  • "History of International Law in India between 1500-1945", chapter In Oxford Handbook on History of International Law (Bardo Fassbender, Anne Peters and Simone Peter eds.), (Oxford University Press: Oxford: 2012) (winner of the Certificate of Merits Award of the American Society of International Law)
International Organisations
  • Responsibility of International Organisations: Regime of Legal Obligations between the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the European Union (foreword by C. F. Amerasinghe) (New Delhi: EBC: 2013)
  • A Comprehensive Guide on the Laws of Human Rights in Commonwealth Countries, (Wadhwa Publications: New Delhi: 2007)
General International/National/State Laws
  • The Companies Act 2013: Key Conceptual Transformation, Bimal N. Patel, Mamta Biswal and Dharmishta Raval (eds.), (Universal Law Publishing, 2017)
  • Evolving Environmental Law Jurisprudence and the Supreme Court of India: Selected Cases, Bimal N. Patel and Prachi Motiyani (upcoming EBC: 2016)
  • International Contracts: Jurisdictional Issues and Global Commercial and Investment Governance, Bimal N. Patel, Mamta Biswal and Joshua Aston (Gujarat National Law University, 2014)
  • Indian Banking Law, Bimal N. Patel, Dolly Jabbal and Prachi Motiyani, (New Delhi: EBC, 2014)
  • Food Security Laws: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Bimal N. Patel, Ranita Nagar and Hitesh Thakker (EBC, 2014)
  • Economic Analysis of Law: An Indian Perspective, Bimal N. Patel, Ranita Nagar and Hitesh Thakker (New Delhi: Lexis Nexis, 2014)
  • Global Maritime Security and Anti-Piracy: Issues and Challenges 2011, Bimal N. Patel, Hitesh Thakker and Asha Verma (New Delhi: EBC Publishing House: 2012)
  • Explaining and Understanding Legal and Interdisciplinary Research Methodology in India, (GNLU: Gandhinagar, 2012)
  • Indo-US Relations: Nine Months After President Obama Visit, Bimal N. Patel, William Nunes and Aruna Kumar Malik (GNLU: Gandhinagar: 2012)
  • Legal Guidelines for the Reduction, Recycling and Reuse of Waste, Editor, Research Report for the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of Gujarat, (GNLU: Gandhinagar: 2012)
  • Draft Statute of the Gujarat State Law Commission, Research Bill for the Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of Gujarat (GNLU: Gandhinagar: 2011)
  • Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Amendment, Act 2010, Research Paper for the Ministry of Commerce and Trade, Government of India (GNLU: Gandhinagar: 2010)
  • Law, Politics and Development: Issues, Challenges and Solutions in the 21st Century of India, General Editor (EBC Publications: New Delhi: 2012)
  • Second Round of Economic Reforms in India and Issues and Challenges in the Insurance Sectors Laws, General Editor (upcoming 2012)
  • Separation of Powers between Executive and the Judiciary Wings of India and the Judicial Accountability, Bimal N. Patel, Mamta Biswal and Jaya Hemnani, (GNLU: Gandhinagar: 2012)
  • Journey of Women Empowerment: Miles to Go!, Bimal N. Patel, Mamta Biswal and Anand Kumar Tripathi, (GNLU: Gandhinagar: 2012)
  • Live-In Relationship and Surrogacy: Legal Implications and Social Issues, Jointly with Mamta Biswal and Anand Kumar Tripathi (GNLU: Gandhinagar: 2012)

Articles/Research/Conference Papers & Addresses

Contribution to books/monographs
  • "Integrated Maritime Defense Policy and Strategy of India: Some Critical Ideas for Preparing a Blue-Print for India", Bimal N. Patel, Arunakumar Malik, Soumya Priyadarshinee and Udita Kanwar (et. al) (EBC: Delhi: 2012)
  • Laws for the 21st Century India, Seminar by the Bureau of the Parliamentary Studies, Gujarat Legislative Assembly, Gandhinagar, Saturday, 31 October 2009
  • India and the United Nations Reform (2005-2006): An Insightful Interplay between International Relations and International Law, in Bimal N. Patel (ed.) India and International Law vol. 2, 49-97 (Nijhoff: Leiden, 2008)
  • International Court of Justice and India in Bimal N. Patel (ed.) India and International Law (2005), 289-318 (Nijhoff: Leiden, 2005)
Contribution to Research Journals and Magazines
  • "Law of the Sea: Maritime Security Enforcement and Jurisdictional Issues for the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Member States" Journal of the Indian Ocean Region (Routledge: 2014)
  • Recommendations on the Enhancement of Role and Effectiveness of the International Court of Justice and the State Practice: Gap between Recommendations and Practice (1971 – 2006), Singapore Yearbook of International Law 2008
  • Some Reflections from Personal Experience on the Promotion of Teaching and Research of International Law, Indian Society of International Law International Seminar, 10 December 2007.
  • The Concept of Peace Dividend and the Chemical Weapons Disarmament (42 Indian Journal of International Law 2 (2005)
  • Can India afford to remain a non-member of the Hague Conference on Private International Law? (Second International Law Conference, Indian Society of International Law Proceedings, November 2004)
  • Principles and Practices of "Good Governance" and the Chemical Weapons Convention: Role of the OPCW (Sixth Hague Joint Conference on Contemporary Issues of International Law 2003)
  • Resolution 1540 and the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (2003 African Yearbook of International Law)
  • La Cour Internationale de Justice plus sollicitée et plus active que jamais, Revue d'analyse juridique de l'actualité internationale (Année 2002)
  • Judicial and Administrative Activities of the ICJ - Year2001 (42 Indian Journal of International Law 3 (2002)
  • Renaissance of the International Court of Justice: An overview of the judicial and administrative activities of the ICJ in 2000, 41 Indian Journal of International Law 2 (2001)
  • Theory and Practice: Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention Destruction Regime under the Chemical Weapons Convention, 11 The Non-Proliferation Analysis Journal Summer (2000)
  • Accountability of International Organisations: A Case Study of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, 13 Leiden Journal of International Law 3 (2000)
  • Protection Zones in International Humanitarian Law, 4 Indian Journal of International Law 39 (1999)
  • Do the rules of evidence and procedure of the International Criminal Tribunal for ex-Yugoslavia ensure a fair trial?, 3 Indian Journal of International Law 39 (1999)
  • "Teaching and Research of International Law in Asia: A Holistic Approach in the 21st Century", 4th Asian Society of International Law Annual Conference, Beijing, China, 28 August 2011
Contribution to Conference, Seminar, News Papers, etc.
  • Why does World Bank want to broker Indus water talks between India and Pakistan? Indian Express, 16 September 2017
  • Deliberating or Guessing Far-Sighted Solutions of the Emerging International Banking and Investment Issues and Challenges – Is this Realistic? , GNLU Conference on International Banking and Investment, Sunday, 22 July 2012
  • Indo-Japanese Relations: Future Trends, GNLU Centre for Foreign Policy and Security Studies, 31 January 2012
  • "Fragmentation of International Law: An Indian Perspective", Taipei Conference of International and Comparative Law, Taipei, Taiwan, 30-31 December 2011
  • "India-Australia Relations: Moving from Predicament to Permanency", GNLU Centre for Foreign Policy and Security Studies, 3 October 2011
  • "Indo-US Relations: 1998 to 2010 and from 2010 Onwards - Nine months after President Obama Visit to India", Seminar on the Indo-US Relations: Nine Months after President Obama Visit to India: An Assessment; GNLU Center for Foreign Policy and Security Studies, 21 August2011
  • Non-State Challenges to Higher Education: Foreign and Private Universities, West-Zone Vice-Chancellors' Conference, Udaipur, 29 July 2011
  • India- Singapore Bilateral Relations: A Strong Trading and Political Partner in the ASEAN – a concrete Result of the "Look Towards East" Policy, GNLU Centre for Foreign Policy and Security Studies, 25 July 2011
  • India-Indonesia Bilateral Relations: A Strong Trading and Political Partner in the ASEAN – a concrete Result of the "Look Towards East” Policy, GNLU Centre for Foreign Policy and Security Studies, 20 July 2011
  • Legal Awareness on Obligations and Rights of Prisoners and Prison Administration – an important tool for the Good Governance of the Prison Administration, Bureau of Police Research and Development, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, SPIPA, Ahmedabad, 23 March 2011.
  • Post-Doha Linkage between International Trade and Competition: Policy and Practice of Developed and Developing Countries, GNLU Conference on International Trade and Competition Law, Gandhinagar, 5-6 March 2011
  • Value Oriented Higher Education System: Higher Education System in India, International Conference on Higher Education: Prospects for Gujarat, The Road Ahead, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, 25 November 2010
  • Good Governance in the Higher Educational System in India: International Practices and Lessons, UGC-AIU All India Vice-Chancellors' Conference, 85th Annual Meeting of Association of Indian Universities, Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune, 14 November 2010
  • International Courts and Tribunals: An Indian/Asian Perspective, GNLU Centre for Public International Law, 3 October 2010
  • Ethics and Values in Higher Education and Challenges of Globalisation, Western Zone Vice-Chancellors' Conference, M. S. University, Vadodara, September 2010
  • Legal Infrastructure for the 21st Century of India, Gujarat Magazine, June 2010
  • India's participation in the Hague Conference on Private International Law is immensely beneficial to the country, its citizens, NRI and PIO communities, GNLU Centre on Private International Law, Gujarat National Law University, 10 April 2010
  • Importance of a National Sports Law Centre for the Growth and Development of Sports Industry in India, GNLU Centre for Sports Law, Forest Research Institute, Gandhinagar, 20 March 2010
  • Interdependence of Criminology and Forensic Science Management in the Efficient and Effective Administration of Criminal Justice, Gujarat Forensic Science University, Gandhinagar, 6 March 2010
  • Post-1991 Liberalization Polices and Programmes and Impacts on the Reduction of Regional Disparity in India, Interdisciplinary National Seminar on Inclusive Growth and Development: A Social Science Perspective, Jointly organised by the Departments of Labour Welfare, Political Science and Sociology, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, 26 February 2010
  • Does international law offer a remedy to a state which has been and will repeatedly be a victim of terrorist attacks?, Daily News and Analysis, 2010
  • Peaceful Coexistence through Sustainable Development - Need to Minimize Ecological Imbalance, Pollution and Uncontrolled Exploitation of Natural Resources, Three Day Round Table Conference, MAEER's MIT, Pune, 31 January 2010
  • Industry and Business Pro-activeness can mould an effective IPR Policy, Y. J. Trivedi – AMA Academy for Intellectual Property Rights, Ahmedabad Management Association, Ahmedabad, 23 January 2010
  • Legal Issues of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and People of Indian Origin (PIOs): Challenges and Possible Solutions, Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, 7 January 2010
  • Concerns, Needs and Interests shaping the Future of Indian Foreign Policy, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, 9 December 2009
  • Food Security and Agro-Economy in the Developing Nations: The Millennium Development Goals, GNLU Centre for Food-Security and Agro-Economy, 10 October 2009
  • Role of Media in Realizing Developed India Vision 2020, Media & Law Training Programme, Townhall, Gandhinagar, 11 September 2009
  • Role of Mediation Mechanism in Dealing with the Problem of pending cases - Why and How, Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, 5 September 2009
  • Importance of Role of Rule of Law and Ethics and Business Practices and MBA Professional Studies, Mahavir Business College, Vir Narmad South Gujarat University, 8 August 2009
  • Human Rights and Value Education in India, Saurashtra University, Rajkot, 27 March, 2009
  • Pressing concerns of the contemporary Legal World: International Law Today, For a Global tomorrow, GNLU First International Seminar, Gandhinagar, 31 January 2009

Dr Patel is married with Mrs Rupal Patel and they have two sons – Pruthvi-Gerben and Nand.