New York, June 15: Gender never can come to the way of success. From Science to Literature, Politics to education Indian women are breaking the barriers in every field. Recently Anshu Jampsenpa, the mountaineer made us proud with an amazing record. Now International Law expert Dr. Neeru Chadha has again made the nation proud by acquiring a crucial place in UN judicial body. As the first Indian woman, she won the election to seat in the position of a judge at UN tribunal.
Along with this record, she is also the first woman chief legal adviser to the ministry of external affairs. She has advised the Government on diverse issues relating to the law of sea involving interpretation of various provisions of UNCLOS.Now she is a member of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. This judicial body deals with disputes related to the law of the sea. Even among the 21 judges of Tribunal, 3 are only women candidates.
She won in the first round of the election.120- the magic number and highest votes in Asia Pacific group, she got. India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin expressed his gratitude to other countries and his happiness over Chadha’s success. The Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi has congratulated her. She has mentioned Chadha as an example of “true grit and dedication”.
She completed her education from the University of Michigan and DU. Being a successful woman she is well aware of the challenges posed on women due to gender inequality. In her doctoral thesis also, she advocated for a level playing field for women in the fields of politics and law.
“Dr. Chadha has extensive international arbitration and litigation experience, having served as Agent for the Government of India in its maritime delimitation case with Bangladesh and the case concerning the Enrica Lexie Incident - both Annex VII arbitrations under UNCLOS. She has served as Agent before the International Court of Justice in the case concerning the Obligations concerning Negotiations relating toCessation of Nuclear Arms Race and Nuclear Disarmament with the Marshall Islands.” , Permanent Mission of India to UN said in a press release.