Neeru Chadha Is 1st Indian Woman To Join Int’l Tribunal For Law Of The Sea


Neeru Chadha, international law expert and the first woman Chief Legal Advisor to the Ministry of External Affairs, has won a much-awaited election to a top UN judicial body that deals with issues relating to international law for the sea. This is the first time an Indian woman has been appointed as a judge at the tribunal.

The eminent lawyer won the election on June 14 to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) for a nine-year term from 2017 to 2026.

Chadha has become the first Indian woman in a top UN position after Vijaya Laxmi Pandit.

Chadha was elected with 120 votes, the highest in the Asia Pacific group and was chosen in the first round of voting itself. Candidates from Indonesia got 58 votes, Lebanon 60 and Thailand 86.