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International Court of Justice fixes deadline for filing of the initial pleadings in the Jadhav Case (India v. Pakistan).

By an Order dated 13th June 2017, the President of the International Court of Justice, Ronny Abraham of France,fixed 13th September 2017 and 13th December 2017 as the respective time-limits for the filing of a Memorial by India and a Counter-Memorial by Pakistan. 
The President of the ICJ has invoked the Court's power under Article 44 of the Rules of the Court (1978) to prescribe the time limit.

Read the full Press Release HERE

Read Verbatim Records for Provisional Measures HERE

Read Summary of Oral Arguments for Provisional Measures HERE

Read the Order issued by the ICJ in the Provisional Measures HERE

Dr. Neeru Chadha becomes first Indian women to be elected to ITLOS

Dr. Neeru Chadha, who had graduated from the University of Michigan and the University of Delhi, has been elected as the judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) becoming the first Indian woman to be elected to ITLOS. Dr. Chadha had joined the Legal and Treaties Division of the Ministry of External Affairs in 1992.

She was also India’s lead agent for both the case filed by Italy in the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and at the arbitral tribunal in The Hague, which involved two Italian Marines who were accused of shooting dead two fishermen off the coast of Kerala in 2012 and in the 2016 case before the International Court of Justice, raised by the Marshall Islands with respect to Nuclear Disarmament. 

Dr. Chadha is also the first woman from India to occupy a top UN position, after Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, who served as the President of the United Nations General Assembly. 

India's Dr Neeru Chadha records handsome victory. First Indian woman to …

European Commission launches infringement Proceedings launched against Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic for their failure to relocate refugees.

The European Commission has launched legal action against three European Union member states, claiming Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic have not “taken the necessary action” in dealing with migrants and refugees. Warsaw, Budapest, and Prague have been accused of not fulfilling their obligations in dealing with migrants and refugees according to a 2015 plan.

The European Commission statement stated; "The pace of relocation has significantly increased in 2017 with almost 10,300 persons relocated since January — a fivefold increase compared to the same period in 2016. As of 9 June, the total number of relocations stands at 20,869 (13,973 from Greece, 6,896 from Italy). With almost all Member States now relocating from Italy and Greece, it is feasible to relocate all those eligible (currently around 11,000 registered in Greece and around 2,000 registered in Italy, with arrivals in 2016 and 2017 still to be registered) by September 2017. In any case, Member States' legal obli…

Use Of Human Shield In Kashmir – A Legal Analysis

A lot has been debated and written about the ‘human shield’ incident that happened on April 9, 2017, in Kashmir’s Budgam district. Farooq Ahmed Dar, a 26-year-old shawl weaver of Chil village in Beerwah sub-district was tied in front of an Army Jeep and allegedly paraded through several villages for nearly five hours.[1] The media, lawyers, politicians and even army officers have stark differences of opinion on the legality of the said incident.[2] Major Leetul Gogoi, who tied the victim on the army jeep was awarded chief of army staff’s Commendation Card for sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations.[3] This award was given pending proceedings before the court of inquiry into the said incident. On the other hand, the victim, Farooq Ahmed Dar approached the State Human Rights Commission against the reward given to Major Gogoi by the Army and separate petitions were filed before the National Human Rights Commission against the felicitation.[4] It is alleged that the actions of…