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 (Left), with Mr. Harish Salve (Center) and French lawyer, Alain Pellet, representing India at the ICJ against the Marshall Islands in 2016.
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.


Mr. Syed Akbaruddin is India’s Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the United Nations 

With this, she also becomes the 3rd female ITLOS Judge at this moment, besides Ms Liesbeth Lijnzaad of the Netherlands, who was also freshly elected and Elsa Kelly of Argentina, (who was elected in 2011).
She also becomes the second Indian, the first one being Justice P Chandrasekhara Rao who was reelected in October 2008, to currently a member of the ITLOS (Dr. Chadha’s term officially commences from Oct 2017). The current President of the ITLOS is Russian born, Justice Vladimir Vladimirovich GolitsynThe current batch of Judges, including Dr. Chadha, have been elected for a term of 9 years commencing 1st October 2017.

ITLOS Press Release can be accessed HERE

Bio Date and all details about the freshly elected Judges can be access HERE