Justice Dalveer Bhandari has been nominated by India as its candidate for another nine year term as judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the UN. The nomination papers of Bhandari were filed on 19 June 2017 in New York. The decision came after the Indian nominee, Neeru Chadha, won the election to one of the seven vacant seats to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. The members of the ICJ are nominated and re-nominated by a group consisting of the members of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. The current members of the Indian national group are former CJI HL Dattu, former Supreme Court judge GT Nanavati J and Senior Advocates Mukul Rohatgi and Harish Salve.
About Dalveer Bhandari-
1. Born on 1 October 1947, Dalveer Bhandari is an Indian member of the International Court of Justice.
2. He obtained degrees in the humanities and law from Jodhpur University and practised in the Rajasthan High Court from 1968 to 1970.
3. Later, he obtained a Masters of Law from Northwestern University School of Law.
4. Justice Bhandari was elevated as a judge of the Delhi High Court in 1991.
5. In 2004, he took charge as Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, before his elevation to the Supreme Court in 2005.
6. He served as a judge of the apex court for nearly seven years, before being nominated by the government as its official candidate to the ICJ in 2012.
7. In 2014, he was conferred with the Padma Bhushan. Bhandari J was a part of the ICJ Bench that recently granted India’s request for provisional measures in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case.