H.E. Gudmundur Eiriksson received an Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Rutgers College in 1970, an LL.B. (Honours) degree from King’s College, University of London in 1973 (Jelf Memorial Medallist) and an LL.M. degree from Columbia University in 1974.
Ambassador Eiriksson served as a Law of the Sea Officer in the Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the Law of the Sea from 1974 to 1976 and as a Special Consultant at the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea in 1977.
He joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland in 1977, with the rank of Ambassador since 1988, and served as Assistant Legal Adviser (1977-1980), Legal Adviser (1980-1996), Ambassador to Canada, Nicaragua, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Venezuela and Peru (2003-2005), Ambassador to South Africa since 2008 (resident in Pretoria 2008-2009 and in New Delhi since 2009) and Ambassador to India since November 2009. He was appointed as the first Chairman of the Icelandic National Committee on International Humanitarian Law (2008).
He was a Judge at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea from 1996 to 2002 (President, Chamber for Fisheries Disputes 1999-2002). He was a Lecturer at the University of Iceland from 1987 to 1996 and a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law from 1994 to 1995. He was Director of International Law and Human Rights Studies and Dean for Cooperative Programmes at the University for Peace in Costa Rica from 2001 to 2003 and Professor and Head of the Department of International Law and Human Rights from 2005 to 2008. He was appointed Legal Adviser to the Council of the University in 2004.
Ambassador Eiriksson was a member of the United Nations International Law Commission from 1987 to 1996 (Rapporteur 1990; First Vice-Chairman 1993). He was a member of Icelandic delegations in numerous international forums, including the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea (1978-1982) and the Council of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (President 1984-1988). He is a member of the Panel of Conciliators and Arbitrators, Center for Arbitrations, Mediation and Conciliation, Dakar, the Panel of Conciliators and Panel of Arbitrators, International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, Washington, and the International Council of Environmental Law, Bonn. He is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Inter-American & European Human Rights Journal/Revista Interamericana & Europea de Derechos Humanos and of the Advisory Board of the Nordic Journal of International Law.
He is the author of The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2000) and numerous articles on the law of the sea, legal education, international criminal law, international organizations, international relations, disarmament and human rights, including annual surveys of the work of the International Law Commission in the Nordic Journal of International Law for the period during which he was a member of the Commission.
In addition to the abovementioned institutions, Ambassador Eiriksson has lectured at the Universities of Cambridge, London, Durham, Lund, Helsinki, Lapland, Stockholm, Ottawa, Oslo, Tromso, Bergen, Hamburg, Utrecht, Georgia (Athens, Georgia), California (Berkeley), Kyoto, Geneva and Hawaii, at the Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City), the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Lima), the Army Institute of Law (Mohali, Punjab) and at Dalhousie, Duke, Columbia, Reykjavik and Abo Academi Universities.
He is a Knight Commander of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon.
Ambassador Eiriksson was born on 26 October 1947. He is married to Thorey Vigdis Olafsdottir, social worker, psychologist and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Iceland. They have four children.
Adv. R Venkatramani has been on Senior Advocate’s panel for the Government of India in Supreme Court and appeared extensively in indirect tax cases. He is appointed as a Member, Law Commission of India in 2010. He has been appearing for the State of Tamil Nadu as a Special Senior Counsel for the past 12 years and also acting as Special Senior Counsel for the State of Andhra Pradesh. He also is retained by the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board to represent its cases before the Supreme Court and the Electricity Appellate Tribunal, New Delhi. Being engaged by the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as Special Counsel. He also has acted as Standing Counsel for various Universities and Public Sector Corporations; Counsel for the Supreme Court in matters pertaining to the employees of the Court; Co-opted member of the Expert Group constituted by the Ministry of Minority Affairs to examine and determine the structure and functions of an Equal Opportunity Commission.
He was invited to be Member of the Ethics Committee of the Indian Council for Medical Research; Member cum office bearer of several Lawyers’ Associations; Life Member of Indian Society of International Law: Resource person of the Society for its Annual Summer Courses and actively participating in the Projects of the Society; Member, Indian Law Institute. He also has served as Law Member in the ‘Expert Group on Welfare Legislations’ set up by the Planning Commission of India in the year 1990; Member of the South Asian Task Force on Judiciary consisting of Members of SAARC Nations to submit reports on the conditions of Judiciary, reforms in Institutional structures and conditions of service etc with a view to enhancing rule of law and availability of efficacious legal remedies; on the Panel of the Jury invited for Public Hearings on Child Labour at New Delhi in 1997 and on Crimes on Women at Bangalore in 1999; Member of the Sub-Committee on Directive Principles of State Policy, constituted by the Commission reviewing the working of the Constitution under the Chairmanship of Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah.
He has been invited to speak at the workshop Jointly organised by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and International Commission of Jurists at GENEVA on the 4th to 6th March, 2001. The workshop was designed to submit a report to the Human Rights Commission, on the Optional Protocol to the International Covenants on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 1966. He also has been requested by the ICJ to coordinate with its activities in the Afro-Asian region, particularly pertaining to ICESCR. He is also associated with the International Working Group engaged in drafting an Instrument on the Right to Food following an International Conference held at BERLIN in May 2002. He also was invited to be involved in the Nepalese Constitution drafting and experience sharing exercise (2008).
He has several publications to his credit including: Books- on ‘Land Reforms’ (Co-author: 1975); ‘Judgements of Justice O. Chinnappa Reddy’ (Former Judge of the Supreme Court) published by the International Institute of Human Rights Society (1995); Volume on ‘Torts’ in the series of Halsbury’s Laws of India, published by Butterworths; Restatement of Indian Law (Public Interest Litigation) [sponsored by the Committee on Restatement of Laws – Joint Committee of the Supreme Court of India and Indian Law Institute]. He is currently working on- ‘Scope and application of International Instruments in Domestic Law making and Judicial Enforcement’ and a book on Constitutional Rights and Jurisprudence.
Prof. (Dr.) B.B. Pande completed his B. Sc., LL.B. and LL.M. from Lucknow University. His areas of interest are: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, Evidence Law, Criminology, Tort Law, Juvenile Delinquency, Correctional Administration Law, Human Rights Law and Jurisprudence. For the past three decades he has developed special interest and expertise in Clinical Legal Education, which involves teaching diverse Law Courses through Clinical Method. Of course, as he proudly says, ‘this is an offshoot of my basic commitment and interest in the idea of legal aid’. The Legal Service Project at the Beggars’ Court and the Pilot Project for Law Students’ Voluntary Prison Services, culminating in the monograph ‘Joy of First Release’, are the best testimony to the success of this method.
He has worked with institutes of national/international repute in various capacities such as Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Jabalpur, Jabalpur (1962-70); Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Dar- es- Salaam, Tanzania, (Africa) (1981-83); Professor of Law, Lucknow University (1991-1994); Visiting Professor, School of Law, City University, Hong Kong, (Sept-Dec. 2005); Professor of Law, Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi (India), till superannuation in 2005 and Human Rights Chair Professorship of the National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi (2007-2008).
He has several academic distinctions to his name including 107 publications in national/international journals, books; 124 papers in national, international Conferences, Seminars, Workshop.
He has also been awarded several fellowships by institutions of international repute including: the National University of Singapore; the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong, the Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin (Germany); the Judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran; the Harvard Law School, Mass. (USA); the Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu (Nepal); the Max-Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Friedberg Im. Br. (Germany); the University of Ghent (Belgium); and the University of Warwick (England).
He has also performed several administrative responsibilities including; Consultant (Research) National Human Rights Commission of India, New Delhi (2005-2007); Dean and the Head of the Department of Law, Lucknow University, (1993-94); Professor In-Charge, Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi (1994-97); Coordinator, NCT of Delhi Task Force for the National University of Juridical Sciences Project on Criminal Justice Administration (2001-2002); Director, Pilot Project on Law Student's Voluntary Prison Services, A project approved and supported by the NHRC, New Delhi (1999-2001); Member Executive Committee, Centre for Environmental Law, World Wide Fund for Nature, India (2001-2002); Honorary Director, Diploma Course on Environmental Law conducted by the Centre for Environmental Law, World Wide Fund for Nature, India (1997-98); Director, National Workshop on Rights of the Child - Realities of Justice in U.P., organised by the Faculty of Law, Lucknow University, in collaboration with the UNICEF (Lucknow) (Jan-1994) and Director, Legal Services Programme, Faculty of Law, Delhi University (1995-97) and (2001-3).
He also has held several distinguished memberships including: President, Indian Society of Criminology (ISC), University of Madras, Chennai; Member of the Executive Council, The National Law University, Delhi; Member of the Academic Council, the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata and the National Law University Institute, Bhopal; Chairman, Committee for Drafting Model Rules for the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) rules, 2007, constituted by the Min. of Women & Child Development, Govt. of India (2007); Member, National Advisory Committee on Prison Reforms, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, B.P.R.&D. order July 2001 and 2005; Nominated as member as Delhi State Legal Services Authority (2001); Member, Working Group on Reforming Social Deviants and Caring for other Disadvantaged, Planning Commission, Government of India, (Dec-2000); Member, All India Prison Manual Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, B.P.R.&D., (Nov-2000); Expert Member, Core Group to propose amendments to the Juvenile Justice Act, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India (1999); Member, Working Group to Review the Probation Services in the Country, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India (1998); Co-Chairman, session on Effective Trials of Organised Crimes, organised by the UNAFE Institute (United Nations Asia and Far East Institute) in collaboration with the NICFS, Ministry of Home Affairs (December 14-16, 1998); Technical advisor to the Third Working Group of the Asia Crime Prevention Foundation (Asia Chapter), on Guidelines for Environmental Protection through Criminal Law (December 7-9, 1998); Member of the Executive Committee of the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi and elected member of the Governing Council of the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi (1997-2001); Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of the Sociology of Law, Academic Press (London), (1983 to present day); Member of the Board of Directors for the Research Committee for Sociology of Deviance and Social Control of the International Sociological Association (1990-94); Member, Executive Committee, Indian Association of Social Science Institutions (1989-91); Conferred membership of the International Sociological Association (1991-94); Chief-Editor, Eastern Africa Law Review, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (1981-82); Member, Editorial Board, Delhi Law Review, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi (1985).
Dr. B N Ramesh IPS 1988 Batch (West Bengal Cadre) is B. Tech., MBA (IIM), and Ph.D. (IIT). He joined Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in 2008. He has served as Superintendent of Police at Burdwan, 24 Paragnas NORTH, Medinapure, S.S.P Intelligence DIG, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Dimapur, IG (Operations) at Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Kashmir, IG (Spl. Training, Research & Development, New Delhi, CRPF, Director, internal Security Academy CRPF, Mount Abu.
He has several publications to his name including research papers on topics like Rajiv Aarogyasri (2009), System Dynamics in European Journal (2009), and Tribal Issues in National Seminar 2011. He has chaired International Conference On Public Policy And Governance At Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, Sept 2012 and presented paper on “Innovative Style of Leadership For Bringing University In Kashmir’. He has also authored of number of books like “Training Needs Analysis of Police Personnel in Naxal Prone Areas” (2012), “Internal Security Challenges of India Ways And Means To Fight”, Bureau of Police Research and Development MHA; and “Antecedents Of Maoist Movement And State Response - A Study 0f A.P.” is being published.
Some major initiatives by him are: Job creation for Youth in Chhattisgarh and Kashmir; Health and skill up gradation camps of Dandakaryanyam area of Chhattisgarh A.P.; Rehabilitation of militants in Kashmir; Rehabilitation of unorganized labour from illegal moving area in Burdwan; Self-help groups and identity establishment initiative for most down trodden groups Sports meet initiatives; Permanent infra structure creation for Youth Development and Civic action being practically implemented in near by area of CRPF academy as training curriculum.
Professor Gitanjali Nain Gill has been an academic since 1993 formerly employed at India’s leading university, Faculty of Law, Delhi University, where she experienced a distinguished academic career finishing her tenure as a Reader in 2011. Prior to joining Northumbria University, Professor Gill was a Visiting Fellow at BRASS [Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society] Cardiff University, working on environmental and sustainability issues. She taught at the School of Law, Queen Mary University, London [Environmental law]; Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University [Public Law]; City and Regional Planning [Sustainability, Planning & Environmental Policy], Cardiff University [Environmental law] Earth Sciences [B.Sc, M.Sc], Cardiff University [Environmental law]. In August 2011 Professor Gill joined the School of Law, Northumbria University as a Senior Lecturer.
Professor Gill received a British Academy / Leverhulme Small Research Grant in 2014-15 to examine the casework and environmental jurisprudence of the National Green Tribunal of India [NGT]. The project focused on the National Green Tribunal as one element of a reformist approach to environmental government and explored its working and effectiveness. In January 2017, her research findings and conclusions were published in her book Environmental Justice in India: The National Green Tribunal (Routledge, Earthscan). The book is being translated into Chinese by Routledge China, Wuhan University and Social Science Press China (in press 2018).Her research agenda continues to focus on India and will include comparative work within China.
She is widely published on Indian environmental law and has articles in the Environmental Law Journal, Environmental Law Review, Transnational Environmental Law, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, Public Law and chapters in several books. She acted as an expert contributor and reviewer on India, Malaysia, Pakistan and Bangladesh for the 2016 United Nations Environment Programme book titled’ Environmental Courts and Tribunals: A Guide for Policy-Makers’.
In the summer of 2018, Professor Gill will be a Visiting Professor at the Vermont Law School (the USA premier environmental law centre).
Professor Gill was the sole Indian awarded the 2006 Fellowship on International and Comparative Environmental Law, Budapest, Hungary by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research [UNITAR]. It led to her appointment as an Associate Fellow with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research [UNITAR]. In addition, she was awarded the 2003 Fellowship on Law Teaching and Research in Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University, UK, sponsored by Cardiff Law School, Welsh Development Agency and British Council, New Delhi.
Professor Gill is a member of leading international and national professional societies: Member, IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law; Socio-Legal Studies Association; United Kingdom Environmental Law Association; Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment.