2021 SAIL


Prof. Bhupinder S. Chimni

Professor, O.P. Jindal Global University

Dr. B.S.Chimni is a Distinguished Professor of International law, Jindal Global University, India. He has been elected Associate Member, Institut de Droit International. He is former Vice-President and at present Member of the Advisory Council of Asian Society of International Law. He has been a Visiting Professor at Brown University, Tokyo University, American University at Cairo and the Graduate School of International Studies, Geneva.

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, UK. He is also Member, Academic Council, Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard University. 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) and the first Harrell-Bond Lecture at Centre for Refugee Studies, Oxford University (1999). His most recent publications include: International Law and World Order: A Critique of Contemporary Approaches (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2017); “Customary International Law: A Third World Perspective” American Journal of International Law (2018). He is member of the editorial board of American Journal of International Law, Asian Journal of International Law, and is Editor-in-Chief of Indian Journal of International law.

Third World Approaches to International Law

The overall objective of the course will be to introduce third world approaches to international law (TWAIL) and argue that it captures and articulates most eectively in the world of international law, both from a theoretical and practical standpoint, the concerns and interests of peoples and nations of the Global South. The lecture will among other things discuss the reasons for continuing use of the category “third world”, identify the distinctive features of TWAIL, note the dierences between and inside dierent generations of TWAIL scholarship, look at some of the gaps in existing TWAIL scholarship, and the criticisms advanced against it.