Visiting Professor, International Law
Areas of expertise
  • International economic law
  • International Legal Theory
  • International Refugee Law


Dr. B.S.Chimni is former Professor of International Law, Centre for International Legal Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was Vice Chancellor of W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, 2004-2006. He has been elected Associate Member, Institut de Droit International. He is former Vice-President Asian Society of International law and Chair, Editorial Board, Asian Journal of International Law (AsJIL). He is at present Member of the Advisory Council of Asian Society of International Law.

He has been a Visiting Professor at Brown University, USA; International Center for Comparative Law and Politics, Tokyo University, Japan; and American University, Cairo, Egypt. He has also been Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies, Nantes, France; Senior Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, a Visiting Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Public International Law, Heidelberg; Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge University; Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Canada. He is Member, Academic Council, Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard University. He is Former Member, Roundtable on Legal Education, Ministry of Human Resources and Development, National Legal Services Authority, Indian Council of Social Science Research, and Advisory Council, Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University, UK. He was Former Member, External Research Advisory Board, UNHCR, 1996-2000.

He has delivered several prestigious lectures including the Eighth Grotius Lecture at the Centennial Meeting of the American Society of International Law in Washington (2006), the Sir Kenneth Bailey Memorial Lecture at the Melbourne Law School (2007), and the first Harrell-Bond Lecture at Centre for Refugee Studies, Oxford University (1999). His central research interest is to elaborate in association with a group of likeminded scholars a critical third world approach to international law.  His areas of research interest are international refugee law, international economic law, and international legal theory. His most recent publications include  International Law and World Order: A Critique of Contemporary Approaches (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2017) and “Customary International Law: A Third World Perspective” American Journal of International Law (2018). He is member Editorial Board, American Journal of International Law, Asian Journal of International Law,  International Journal of Refugee Law, and Editor-in-Chief Indian Journal of International law.


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