Bimal N Patel is a professor of public international law and the former director of the Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar. He was appointed by a high-level committee headed by the then Chief Justice of India, K G Balakrishnan, at the Supreme Court of India premises. The Government of India has also recently appointed him as a member of the 21st Law Commission of India along with Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan, retired judge of the Supreme Court of India as its chairperson.
Dr Patel is a former international civil servant, scholar and academician of international law and diplomacy. An international law jurist, he has extensively studied, researched, commented and published works on the administrative, procedural and substantive jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and International Labour Organization Administrative Tribunal (Geneva). His publications on India and International Law and Responsibility of International Organisations are reviewed and referred by international law scholars and journals. He has published, edited several books, research papers/articles/surveys in leading academic and international law journals. He has been involved in drafting several national and state primary and secondary legislations, regulations, rules and holds the distinction as one of the first Indians to serve at the International Labour OrganizationAdministrative Tribunal (Geneva). He has delivered numerous lectures, including one at Cambridge University, UK, and has received several honours. He has served at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Hague, Netherlands.