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The Centre for Policy and Research in International Law conducted its first lecture with esteemed jurist Dr. Manimuthu Gandhi. The lecture focused on 'India & International Law' covering a diverse range of contemporary issues. Dr. Gandhi explained that the Indian Constitution is silent on international law and does not authorize the judiciary to interpret it. However, article 51 does provide some provisions for international law. Dr. Gandhi mentioned that the implementation of international law in India is largely based on the state's action. He noted that Indian courts can interpret environmental law and human rights laws in the absence of such provisions. Additionally, international instruments can be applied differently in different constitutional systems.


Dr. Gandhi also explained that in India, the policy for dispute settlement usually involves mediation, but international tribunals are used in rare cases, such as in the dispute between Bangladesh and India. In his opinion, India lacks an efficient implementation record for international law. However, he emphasized that the country plays an important role in filling vacancies in international tribunals. India has contributed significantly to the international court of justice by appointing judges, and it has also contributed to other international tribunals.


In summary, Dr. Gandhi highlighted the challenges of implementing international law in India but also stressed the importance of India’s efforts to uphold its obligations under international law. He noted that India’s participation in international tribunals and its contributions to the development of international law are crucial in ensuring a peaceful and just world order.

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