Bimal N. Patel, Ph.D., LLM, MA, BSc, is Director (Vice-Chancellor) of the Gujarat National Law University, Gujarat, India. He has research interests and published books, research papers, articles on International Law & International Organisations, International Courts and Tribunals, Indian State Practice on international law, Law of the Sea, Foreign Policy and International Law.
Practitioners, International Courts, Tribunals, Commissions, Organisations, International Law Firms, UN agencies and departments, Government departments dealing with international law, scholars, academicians
Excerpts from the “Foreword” to this Volume, H. E. Judge Peter Tomka, President, ICJ:
“Mr Bimal Patel has assembled an impressive compilation of both institutions’ respective case load, spanning a period of 88 years; namely, from the inception of the PCIJ in 1922 to the ICJ’s recent activities, providing coverage up until 31 December 2010 … Patel’s work provides us with succinct but accurate freeze-framed accounts of the contentious and advisory proceedings that made their way from the Court’s docket into orders, advisory opinions and judgments, thereby presenting a completed puzzle of the Court’s work. This work should be of assistance to practitioners, scholars, international law students and any individuals commonly interested in the kind of legal issues that form the basis for litigation before the Court … The author should be commended for deploying considerable effort in compiling an impressive collection of data, which will undoubtedly be of assistance to anyone interested in the Court’s work and mandate, and especially to those interested in getting a glimpse into its inner workings and the individuals involved. This updated edition of such a valuable resource will no doubt maintain its status as a must-have for any good public international law library”.
REVIEWS OF THE WORLD COURT REFERENCE GUIDE (1922-2000)
“Essential purpose of this work is to give a comprehensive overview of all the contentious and advisory cases that have been dealt by (the PCIJ and the ICJ) ... provides precious information about the decisions in each particular case ... therefore an important and valuable research tool on the World Court’s activities since its establishment ... the author has indeed patiently gone through all of the pronouncements of the Court in order to comprehensively list the case-law found therein ... this vade mecum will grately enhance researchers’ efforts to locate these (legal) instruments in the judgments and opinions of the Court when they seek to understand why and how they have been referred to by the Court ...taken care to present the material in a simple, structured and user-friendly manner which further facilitates the task of any researcher ... meets all the main criteria of a standard reference guide and will serve various actors in the international legal community - judges, lawyers, governmental authorities, academics and historians - for many years to come ... would like to echo Judge Kooijmans’s observations ... ”a book which may be called monumental in more than one respect”. – in: African Yearbook of International Law (Vol. 10, 2002, published 2004)
“Offers the serious researcher an interesting and potentially powerful tool. The Guide presents in an accessible way a mountain of “official” information (of the Courts)... presents the procedural history of each case clearly and consistently, making it easy to draw comparisons or connections ... these listings (i.e. members of litigation teams) offer an intriguing little window on the international lawyer’s trade ... the admiring (or merely curious) can also use the Guide to plot points in the careers of many international legal notables ... the Guide could prove a valuable resource for planning and conducting study in many other areas ... could ease the planning and execution of many other interesting projects as well ...offers the serious researcher a detailed “roadmap” into the Courts’ Reports ... somewhat unusual and specialised book that can serve as a potential powerful and efficient research aid ... book worth having for serious students of the two World Courts or of the process and procedures of international adjudication.” – in: American Journal of International Law (vol. 97, 2003)
“A monumental work prepared with care and skill ... and a very useful tool for anyone interested in the work of the World Court ... provides a comprehensive overview of procedural aspects of the jurisprudence of both the PCIJ and the ICJ ...there is also a systematic reference to legal instruments, and the coverage of information on litigation teams ... fills an important gap in the reference materials for both the PCIJ and the ICJ ... an important reference tool for international and national judicial and quasi judicial bodies, legal advisors to government departments, and for other legal practitioners as well as for teachers of and researchers into international law ... very useful publication for any law library or a diplomatic office.” – in: Asian Yearbook of International Law (volume 9, 2000, Published 2004)
“Est plus classique, ce qui n’enlève rien à son utilité ... d’un inventaire des 200 affaires contentieuses et consultatives soumises à la Cour de La Haye entre sa création et le 31 décembre 2000 ... conscients du temps et de la peine que (de guide) leur épargneront, tous les chercheurs et tous les praticiens voueront certainement une grande reconnaissance à ... auteur pour s’être livre a ces travaux de bénédictin. “ – in: Annuaire Française de droit international (XLVIII - 2003, Publiée novembre 2003)
“A rich indexing addition to the literature on the work product of the two World Courts ... provides novel form of access to ... judicial dispositions in one volume. The gap filled by this book includes not only the procedural history of each case, but the people associated with its evolution and disposition ... all in an intuitive format ... brilliantly conceived research tool for any user in need of such detailed information ...thumbing through the Table of Contents and its Index quickly illustrates the utility of this handy reference guide to the work of the World Court (s). “ – in: ASIL News Letter UN 21 Interest Group (Issue 27, January 2003)
“An overview of all the case load of the Permanent Court of International Justice and the present International Court of Justice since 1922, the author’s contribution to the decade of international law … He so to speak ‘photographs’ the procedural history of each case from the institution of the proceedings to the final decision, indicating all the persons involved at each stage. This meets a gap in the reference materials for the International Court … . I often find it important to be able to see at a glance what a case was about, what the Court decided, and who were the personalities involved in every phase of a case, as judges and as agents and counsel. This book aims to meet that requirement … For the practitioner and for the student the most important parts of this book are the indexes to the Statute and the Rules of Court and the lists of treaties and other legal instruments cited … In this book Mr Patel decided to produce five separate indexes for the Rules of Court, for 1922 1931, 1931 1936, 1936 1946, 1946 1972 and 1972 to date. I agree with that approach which I think will be helpful to all who have need to refer to the Rules of Court at any given date.” – Shabtai Rosenne, “Foreword” to first volume
“A book which may be called monumental in more than one respect. The new Oxford dictionary gives as the meaning of “monumental”: great in importance, extent or size. The World Court Reference Guide is all three … it meets a gap in the reference materials for the International Court … And like other works of art this Reference Guide will withstand the years to come and shall be contemplated and scrutinised by a grateful public.” – Late Judge Pieter Kooijmans, ICJ (Inaugural address, 25 September 2002)