Dalveer Bhandari

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Hon'ble Shri Justice
Dalveer Bhandari
Member, International Court of Justice
Assumed office
27 April 2012
Preceded by Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh
Judge, Supreme Court of India
In office
28 October 2005 – 27 April 2012
Chief Justice, Bombay High Court
In office
24 July 2004 – 27 October 2005
Judge, Delhi High Court
In office
19 March 1991 – 23 July 2004

Dalveer Bhandari (born 1 October 1947) is a member of the International Court of Justice and was a judge of the Supreme Court of India.

Early Life and Career[edit]

Dalveer Bhandari comes from an illustrious line of lawyers. Both his father, Mahaveer Chand Bhandari, and grandfather, B.C. Bhandari, were members of the Rajasthan bar.[1][2] He acquired degrees in the humanities and law from Jodhpur University and practised in the Rajasthan High Court from 1968 to 1970. He attended a six-week workshop organized by the University of Chicago on research on Indian law at Chicago, United States, in June 1970 on an international scholarship and subsequently joined the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, USA where he completed his master of law degree.

After graduation, he studied and lectured on law in a fellowship program promoting legal education in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Sri Lanka. He also worked with a United Nations project called "Delay in the Administration of Criminal Justice in India."

Following his return to India, he again took up a law practice in the Rajasthan High Court from 1973 to 1976. He shifted his practice to Delhi in 1977 and was a Supreme Court lawyer till his elevation to the Delhi High Court in March 1991.

As a judge in the Delhi High Court, Bhandari also chaired the Delhi High Court Legal Services Committee, the Advisory Board of Delhi State, and the Delhi chapter of the International Law Association for a number of years.

On 25 July 2004 he gained appointment as Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court. Just over a year later, on 28 October 2005, he was elevated to the Supreme Court of India.[3]

He swore in as a Member of the International Court of Justice on June 19, 2012.

Case interest[edit]

Bhandari is notable for his interest in computerization and intellectual property law. Also he has a history of promoting legal education, both to professionals and to the general public who might be litigants. He has established mediation and conciliation centers in Maharastra and an information centre for litigants in the Bombay High Court.

Election to the International Court of Justice[edit]

Justice Bhandari was nominated by the Government of India as its official candidate in January 2012. The vacancy arose after the resignation of sitting Court Judge Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh from Jordan on being appointed as Prime Minister.[4] In the elections held on 27 April 2012, Bhandari secured 122 votes in the United Nations General Assembly against 58 for his rival, Florentino Feliciano, who was nominated by the Government of the Philippines.[5]

Awards and Honours[edit]

  • Justice Bhandari was selected by the Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, United States, while celebrating its 150 year anniversary (1859-2009),his alma mater, as one of the 16 most illustrious and distinguished alumni.[6]
  • Conferred the degree of Doctor of Laws (LL.D) by Tumkur University.[7]


  1. ^ M.N., Venkatachaliah. "M.C. Bhandari Memorial Lecture Indian Judges as Law makers: Some Glimpses of the Past". Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Singhvi, L.M. (2002). Democracy and rule of law. New Delhi: Ocean Books. p. 229. ISBN 9788188322022. 
  3. ^ "Hon'ble Mr. Justice Dalveer Bhandari". Supreme Court of India. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Venakatesan, J (26 January 2012). "Justice Bhandari is nominee for ICJ post". The Hindu. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dalveer Bhandari elected as World Court judge". 27 April 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "NorthWestern Law University Alumni Newsletter Spring 2009". Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Honorary doctorate for six". Deccan Herald. 27 November 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 

External links[edit]

  • [1] Current members, International Court of Justice, Dalveer Bhandari
  • [2] Chief Justice of India & Sitting Hon'ble Judges, Hon'ble. Mr.Justice Dalveer Bhandari