Professor Bimal N. Patel

Professor Bimal N. Patel

  • Gujarat National Law University
  • Director and Professor of Public International Law
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  • PhD, International Law (Leiden University, the Netherlands)
  • PhD, International Law and Governance (Jaipur National University, India)
  • LLM, International Law (University of Leiden, the Netherlands)
  • MA, International Relations (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
  • Post-Master Diploma, International Relations (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
  • Post-Graduate Diploma, International Relations & Development (International Institute of Social Studies, the Hague, the Netherlands)
  • International Summer School Certificate, Foreign Policy & Government (University of Oslo, Norway)
  • BSc (Gujarat Agriculture University, India).

Professor Patel serves as the Director of the Gujarat National Law University, – a premier national law university, since 2008. He teaches courses and supervises thesis and seminar papers in Public International Law, Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes and Law of the Sea and Maritime Law at undergraduate and post-graduate level. As the Director of the University, he has played a key role in establishing a world class campus of GNLU spread in 50 acres of land with the generous assistance of nearly 30-35 million USD by the Gujarat Government. He has successfully initiated and implemented LLM, PhD, diploma and certificate programs, including on-line programs in law and interdisciplinary fields. He has pioneered in initiating several executive training programs for members of executive, judiciary, government departments, defense forces, NGOs, among others. He has instrumentalised public-private partnership model through establishing various chairs and fellowships in the areas of Law of the Sea, Intellectual Property Rights, Mergers and Acquisitions, Labour Laws, Real Estate, Energy Law, Environment and Sustainable Development, International Contracts among others. With the scholarly enthusiasm of all faculty and administrative staff members, he has contributed to the creation of a Research-based Teaching University and Research-based Administrative University model, respectively. Professor Patel possesses more than 20 years combined experience of progressively academic leadership and scholarly teaching, research experience in general international law, international relations, law of the sea, maritime law and international organizations. As international law jurist, he has extensively studied, researched, commented and published works on the administrative, procedural and substantive jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and International Labour Organisation Administrative Tribunal (Geneva). His publications on India and International Law and Responsibility of International Organisations are reviewed and referred by international law scholars and journals across the world. He has published, edited several books, research papers/articles/surveys in leading academic and international law journals. He has been involved in drafting several national and state primary and secondary legislations, regulations, rules. Dr Patel possesses practical experience in dealing with international administrative law (international civil service laws) and organizational staff-management bodies. Dr Patel has experience in designing and implementing international and national development and research programmes and projects and networking and coordination with governmental agencies, UN bodies and academic/research institutions in various parts of the world. Forewords and Reviews of research work in journals.

Involvement in drafting primary and secondary laws, regulations and rules

Antarctica Act of India; Deep Seabed Mining Act of India; Corporate Social Responsibility Policy for Public Sector Undertakings; Acts establishing universities such as Gujarat Sports University, Children University, Indian Institute of Teachers’ Education, Gujarat State Litigation Policy; Gujarat Ombudsman (Lokayukta) Bill; Zero Landfill Regulations for 15 Wastes (Legal Guidelines for the Reduction, Recycling and Reuse of Waste); Temple Trust Bill; Draft Statute for Gujarat State Law Commission; Salt-pan Workers’ Welfare Regulations; among others.


Visiting Professor, University of Barcelona, Spain; Hague University Faculty Member, the Netherlands; Visiting Scholar, Tel Aviv University, Israel (Invitee); External Examiner, University of Mauritius, Mauritius; Visiting Associate Professor, University of Malaya, Malaysia; Visiting Professor & Eminent Scholar Member, GNLU, India; Adjunct Professor, Sardar Patel University, V. V. Nagar, India; Visiting Professor & Advisor, MIT School of Government, Pune, India; Member, ILA Committee on Teaching of International Law; Life Member & Honorary European Coordinator, Indian Society of International Law; Member, American, Australian-New Zealand, Indian, European Society of International Law, International Law Association, Netherlands Association of International Law (NVIR).

Association with Governmental and Non-Governmental Agencies

Resource Person, UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Geneva; Independent Director, Gujarat UrjaVikas Nigam Limited – Energy Development Company; Member, Governing Board, Charotar University of Science and Technology; Member, Gujarat Council on Science and Technology; Life Member, Indian Society of International Law (New Delhi); Member, Asian Society of International Law; Member, Gujarat Legal Services Authority; Expert/Resource Persons on several other governmental and academic/research institutions.


Have delivered lectures at Cambridge University, UK, Hague Academy of International Law, the Netherlands, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, the Netherlands, Erasmus University of Rotterdam School of Law, the Netherlands, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway, University of Rome, La Sapienza, Rome, Italy, University of Auckland, New Zealand, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, National Law University, Jodhpur.

Current research interests/role in legal research and publications

Research interests in International Courts and Tribunals, Law of the Sea and Maritime Laws, International Law & International Organisations, State practice on international law, Foreign Policy and International Law and Public-Private Partnership in Legal Education, Research and Training Editor-in-Chief, Developing World Review on Trade and Competition; Chief Editor, Journal of Law, Development and Politics; Chief Editor, GNLU Law Review; Editor-in-Chief, Gujarat Law Journal

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