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Bay of Bengal Maritime Boundary Arbitration between Bangladesh and India


On October 8, 2009, the People’s Republic of Bangladesh instituted arbitral proceedings concerning the delimitation of the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and the Republic of India pursuant to Article 287 and Annex VII, Article 1 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Permanent Court of Arbitration acts as Registry in this arbitration.

Tribunal


The Members of the Arbitral Tribunal are:


Professor Dr. Rüdiger Wolfrum (President)
Judge Thomas A. Mensah
Dr. Pemmaraju Sreenivasa Rao
Professor Ivan Shearer

Judge Jean-Pierre Cot

 

 


Party Representatives

Bangladesh is represented by:

 

Agent:

 

Dr. Dipu Moni MP, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh  

 

 

Deputy Agent:   

 

Rear Admiral Md. Khurshed Alam (Retd), Secretary, Maritime Affairs Unit Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

 

 

Counsel and Advocates:

 

H.E. The Honourable A.H. Mahmood Ali, MP Foreign Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh


Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh


Mr. Mohammad Shahidul Haque, Secretary, Legislative & Parliamentary Affairs Division, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Dhaka


Professor Payam Akhavan, McGill University


Professor Alan Boyle, University of Edinburgh


Professor James Crawford SC, FBA, University of Cambridge


Mr. Lawrence H. Martin, Foley Hoag LLP


Mr. Paul S. Reichler, Foley Hoag LLP


Professor Philippe Sands QC, University College London

 

 

Advisors:

Mr. Shiekh Mohammed Belal, Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Bangladesh Ambassador-designate to the Netherlands


M.R.I. Abedin, System Analyst, Maritime Affairs Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Mr. Mohammad Hazrat Ali Khan, Director, Maritime Affairs Unit ,Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Dr. Robin Cleverly, Law of the Sea Consultant, The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office


Mr. Scott Edmonds, Cartographic Consultant, International Mapping


Dr. Lindsay Parson, Director, Maritime Zone Solutions Ltd.


Mr. Robert W. Smith, Geographic Consultant

 

 

Junior Counsel:

Mrs. Clara Brillembourg, Foley Hoag LLP


Mr. Vivek Krishnamurthy, Foley Hoag LLP


Mr. Yuri Parkhomenko, Foley Hoag LLP


Mr. Remi Reichhold, Matrix Chambers


India is represented by:

 

Agent:

 

Dr. Neeru Chadha, Joint Secretary & the Legal Advisor, Ministry of External Affairs
 

 

Co-Agent:

Mr. Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Joint Secretary (BSM), Ministry of External Affairs 

 

 

Deputy Agent:

 

Mr. Puneet Agrawal, Deputy Agent, Director (BSM), Ministry of External Affairs

 

 

Chief Counsel:

 

H.E. Mr. G. E. Vahanvati, Attorney General of India

 

 

Counsel:

 

Professor Alain Pellet, University of Paris Ouest, Nanterre-La Défense, Former Member & Chairman of the International Law Commission, Associate Member of the Institut de Droit International


Professor W.M. Reisman, McDougal Professor of Law, Yale University, Member of the Institut de Droit International

Mr. R.K.P. Shankardass, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, Former President, International Bar Association


Sir Michael Wood, K.C.M.G, Member of the English Bar, Member of the International Law Commission 

 

 

Representatives:

H.E. Mr. R.N. Prasad, Ambassador of India to the Netherlands


Dr. A. Sudhakara Reddy, Counsellor (Legal), 

 

 

Junior Counsel:

 

Mr. Devadatt Kamat, Assistant Counsel to Attorney General of India


Mr. Benjamin Samson, University of Paris Ouest


Mr. Eran Sthoeger, New York University 


 

Scientific and Technical

Experts:

Vice Admiral S.K. Jha, Chief Hydrographer to the Government of India


Rear Admiral K.M. Nair, Joint Chief Hydrographer, National Hydrographic Office (NHO)

 

Prof. Martin Pratt, Expert Cartographer, Director of Research, International Boundary Research Unit (IBRU), Durham University


Commodore Adhir Arora, Principal Director of Hydrography, NHO


Captain Peush Pawsey, Director of Hydrography (Ops.), NHO


Dr. Dhananjay Pandey, Scientist, National Centre for Antarctic & Ocean Research (NCAOR)


Mr. R. C. Samota, Cartographic Assistant, NHO 

 

 

Research Associates:

Mr. K. S. Mohammed Hussain, Legal Officer, Ministry of External Affairs


Ms. Héloise Bajer-Pellet, Member of the Paris Bar

 

 

Documents

 

 

Submissions

 

Memorial of Bangladesh:

 

 

Counter-Memorial of India:

 

 

Reply of Bangladesh:

 

 

Rejoinder of India:

 

 

Hearing Transcripts

 

 

Award

 

 

Press Releases