Neeru Chadha, first Indian woman elected as a judge at the International Tribunal

Neeru Chadha, international tribunal law expert in her triumphant win has become the first Indian woman to be on the UN law board as a judge International Tribunal for the Law of the Seas (ITLOS).

She did her graduation from University of Michigan and University of Delhi. She joined the legal and treaties Division of the Ministry of External Affairs in 1992.

She is also known for promoting equal rights for women through her writings. She also wrote thesis where she mentioned removal of legal and cultural barriers for women which would lead to women coming out in public places.  Dr Chadha is the second Indian woman to occupy a top position at the United Nations after Lakshmi Pandit who served as the President of the United Nations General Assembly.

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin expressed his gratitude and congratulated her by saying, “It reflects both an appreciation of India’s global standing in matters of international law and the recognition for Chadha’s expertise as a lawyer and negotiator on contemporary issues related to the Law of the Seas,” Akbaruddin told PTI.

She was a lead agent in a case which involved two Italian men who were accused of shooting two Indian fishermen off the coast of Kerala in 2012. The incident was a long battle that was taken to the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague.

This is definitely a huge triumph as her entry in such a significant body will bring greater wins to Indian women.

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