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SPIL Panel Discussion on Indo-Pacific Legal Maritime Framework for GLC International Law Summit [May 1; 6 PM]: Register by Apr 30

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SPIL Mumbai of GLC is organizing their 11th Government Law College International Law Summit on the theme Indo-Pacific Legal Maritime Framework, on 1st May 2021.

About the Organisation

Students for the Promotion of International Law (SPIL), Mumbai, is a student body that cynosures International Law. With an increasing need for awareness in the field of International Law, SPIL maintains that such awareness is put into an impetus through the diverse events we conduct within the versatile subject of International Law.

About the International Law Summit

The theme for the 11th Government Law College International Law Summit of the Summit is ‚ÄėInternational Maritime Law‚Äô and the inauguration speech for the Summit will be delivered by Justice G.S. Patel of the Bombay High Court.

The Summit will stimulate the minds of attendees through thought-provoking interactions with experts and doyens of the legal fraternity.

The Summit, aside from the Keynote Address, Panel Discussion and Call for Papers, comprises of the Judgment Deliberation Competition which was conceived within the portals of our institution.

Topic of Panel Discussion

An Indo-Pacific Legal Maritime Framework: A Promising Future or Risking the Balance?

The need for an Indo-Pacific Rules-Based Order has been deliberated extensively across platforms in order to achieve and conclusively maintain peace and security in the region.

However, developing and enforcing a cohesive international rulebook for the Indo-Pacific will be far from simple. For the United States and its allies, the urgent need to cement a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific is driven, at least in part, by anxiety surrounding the rise of China‚ÄĒyet this ongoing movement in the balance of power is also a major reason for why a stable rules-based system will be difficult to maintain. Then there is the question of legitimacy. It is possible for a rules-based system to be truly fair and inclusive, or does international order inevitably reflect the interests of some more than others? Finally, it is not assured that America‚Äôs presence in the Indo-Pacific will continue to be welcomed by regional governments.

As the topic suggests, this Panel Discussion will showcase viewpoints from various experts in the field. The goal is to facilitate a dialogue between academics and policy practitioners that will be of great interest‚ÄĒand, we hope, considerable use‚ÄĒto an international cast of scholars and decision-makers whose work focuses on the Indo-Pacific.
Tasked with shedding light on the concept of a Rules-Based order in the Indo-Pacific, they will provide a range of perspectives to clarify just how fraught and contentious such an order-building (and order-defending) project will be.


One of the esteemed Panelists for the Panel Discussion is Prof. James Kraska who is a visiting Professor of Law and John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organisation at Harvard School of Law. Apart from this, he is also a distinguished fellow at the Law of the Sea Institute, University of California Berkeley School of Law. He has also authored numerous scholarly articles and books including ‚ÄúMaritime Power and the Law of Sea‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúThe Free Sea: The American Fight for Freedom of Navigation‚ÄĚ.

The second expert panelist is Captain Sarabjeet S. Parmar who is an alumnus of National Defence Academy (NDA) Kharakwasla and Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington. He has written extensively on maritime security issues and is currently the Executive Director of National Maritime Foundation.

The third expert Panelist is Mr. Kashish Parpiani who is Fellow at Observer Research Foundation, Mumbai Centre (ORF). He has pursued BMM Journalism, MSc International Relations and MA United States’ Foreign Policy. Apart from publishing at the Institute for National Security Studies (Israel), the Centre for Asia and Globalization (Singapore), he has been quoted in media platforms such as The Wall Street Journal, South China morning post, Bloomberg, TIME magazine and Al Jazeera.

The fourth esteemed panelist is Rear Admiral Sudarshan Shrikhande who has commanded three ships and has been defence attaché in Australia and to other South Pacific nations. He is a Head of Naval Intelligence and Chief of Staff of South Naval Command. As a veteran, he continues teaching at several institutions including the NDC, all War colleges and the CDM as well as the NDA and INA. He is also pursuing his PhD at Mumbai University in sea-based nuclear

They will be announcing the other panelists over the course of the coming weeks. To know more about them, follow SPIL Mumbai on Instagram at @spilmumbai.

Date and Time

1st May 2021 at 6:00 PM IST

Who can Attend?

There are no eligibility criteria. Any person may register!

How to Register?

Fill in the Registration Form through the link given at the end of this post.

Last date for registration: 30th April 2021

Contact Information

Niyati Karia: (+91) 82918 40607

Write to spilmumbai[at]gmail.com.


Click here to register for the summit.

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