On Thursday, Aniruddha Rajput from India has been elected to the International Law Commission by the UN General Assembly. He got 160 votes and topped the group of 9 Asian candidates who had fought for the seven ILC seats for the region. Rajput was elected to five-year terms on the ILC which is involved in developing and codifying international laws.
Aniruddha, the youngest member of the commission, completed his PhD in law from the National University of Singapore last year. He was practising before the Indian Supreme Court as a lawyer and appeared for the Jammu and Kashmir Study Centre’s controversial suit filed against Article 35A of the Constitution that permits the state governments to provide special rights and privileges to its permanent residents that can’t be given to other citizens. Rajput was also a member of an expert committee designated by the Law Commission of India to analyse and give feedback on the Model Bilateral Investment Treaty 2015 of India.
The present chairman of the ILC, Narinder Singh of India, will finish his term by December this year. He was initially elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2011.