Saturday, October 30, 2010

Judge Schwebel to head the Kishanganga tribunal

We had published some updates regarding the arbitration of the dispute between India and Pakistan regarding Kishanganga hydroelectric project. 

The Hindu reports here that the Secretary General of the United Nations has appointed Judge Stephen M. Schwebel, former President of the International Court of Justice to be the Chairman of the of the Tribunal. Judge Schwebel has, in addition to his experience as a judge and President of the ICJ, extensive experience in arbitration through his involvement in a number of investment treaty arbitrations as well as proceedings under the aegis of the Permanent Court of International Arbitration.

The two members yet to be appointed to the seven member tribunal are to be nominated by the Rector of the Imperial College of London and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.

The dispute concerns India's 330MW hydroelectric project on Kishanganga, a tributary of Jhelum and its permissibility under the 1960 Indus Water Treaty between the two States.

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