B. S. Chimni

Professor B.S. Chimni is an internationally renowned legal scholar. His areas of expertise include international law, international trade law and international refugee law. Currently, he is Chairperson of the Centre for International Legal Studies(CILS) at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He had a two and a half year stint as Vice Chancellor of the W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences.He has been a Visiting Professor at the International Center for Comparative Law and Politics, tokyo University, a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, Visiting Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Public International Law, Heidelberg, and a Visiting Scholar at the Refugee Studies Center, York University, Canada. He served as a member of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for the period from 1996-2000. He is on the editorial board of several national and international journals like Indian Journal of International Law, International Studies, International Refugee Studies, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal & Refugee Survey Quarterly.

Professor Chimni is part of a group of scholars who self identify as the Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) scholars.


He also gave the keynote lecture at the British Academy as part of the "The Refugee Problem & the Problem of Refugees" Conference.

In 1999 he delivered the first Barbara Harrell-Bond Lecture at Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University. In January 2008, he gave the State of Forced Migration Studies address at the 11th biennial conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration in Cairo.


Research Papers

"Global Administrative Law: Winners & Losers","International Law & Justice Working Papers"

"Cooption and Resistance: Two Sides of Global Administrative Law", "International Law & Justice Working Papers No.2005/16". Institute for International Law & Justice, New York University School of Law. 2005. [http://www.iilj.org/papers/documents/2005.16Chimni.pdf]

"The Law and Politics of Regional Solution of the Refugee Problem: The Case of South Asia", "RCSS Policy Studies 4". Colombo, 1997. [http://www.rcss.org/policy_studies/ps-4.html]


"The World Trade Organisation, Democracy & Development: A View from the South", "Journal of World Trade"(2006).

"International Institutions Today: An Imperial Global State in the Making", "European Journal of International Law", Vol. 15, No. 1 (2004). [http://www.iilj.org/global_adlaw/documents/ChimniPaper.pdf]

"An Outline of a Marxist Course on Public International Law", "Leiden Journal of International Law", Vol.17, No.1 (2004) pp.1-30.

"The Reform of the International Refugee Regime: A Dialogic Approach", "Journal of Refugee Studies", Vol.14, No.2 (2002) pp.151-161.

"Third World Approaches to International Law & Individual Responsibility in Internal Conflict", "Chinese Journal of International Law", Vol.2(1) (2003) p.77 (Co-authored with Antony Anghie)

"First Harrell-Bond Lecture: 'Globalization, Humanitarianism and the Erosion of Refugee Protection'", "Journal of Refugee Studies'", vol.13, no.3 (2000) pp.243-64. [http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=253688]

"Marxism and International Law: A Contemporary Analysis", "Economic and Political Weekly", February 6, 1999, pp.337-49.

"WTO and Environment: The Shrimp-Turtle and EU-Hormone Cases", "Economic and Political Weekly", May 13, 2000, pp.1752-62.

"WTO and Environment: Legitimisation of Unilateral Trade Sanctions", "Economic & Political Weekly", Sept. 2002, p.133.

"The Geopolitics of Refugee Studies: A View from the South", "Journal of Refugee Studies", Vol.11, No.4 (1998)pp.354-374


"Outside the bounds of citizenship: the status of aliens, illegal migrants and refugees in India" in "Civil Society, Public Sphere and Citizenship : Dialogues and Perceptions". Edited by Rajeev Bhargava and Helmut Reifeld. New Delhi: Sage, 2005.

"The International Law of Humanitarian Intervention", in "State Sovereignty in the 21st Century". Institute of Defense Studies & Analysis, New Delhi. pp.103-129

"The Global Refugee Problem in the 21st Century and the Emerging Security Paradigm", in "Legal Visions of the 21st Century: Essays in Honour of Judge Weeramantry". The Hague, Kluwer Law International, 1997. pp.283-289

"Post-conflict peace-building and the return of refugees: Concepts, practices and institutions" in "Refugees and Forced Displacement: International Security, Human Vulnerability, and the State". Edited by Edward Newman & Joanne van Selm. United Nations University Press, 2003.

"Development and Migration" in "Migration & International Legal Norms". Edited by T. Alexander Aleinikoff & Vincent Chetail. Cambridge University Press, 2003.


"The Third World & International Legal Order: Law, Politics & Globalisation" (co-edited with Antony Anghie, Karen Mickelson & Obiora Okafor, Kluwer Law International, 2003).

"International Refugee Law: A Reader". New Delhi: Sage, 2000.

"International Law and World Order: A Critique of Contemporary Approaches". New Delhi: Sage, 1993.

"International Commodity Agreements: A Legal Study". London: Croom Helm, 1987.

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