Event Start Date:
July 16, 2020
Event End Date:
July 16, 2020
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The Enrica Lexie case, which took almost 8 years to settle at the international level, seems to be at the climax stage with the latest development of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) Tribunal making its award public. The Government of India has applied to the Supreme Court to dispose of all the pleas pending in the Indian Courts relating to the case, which includes the criminal trial of the Italian Marines who shot and killed Indian fishermen at work in the sea.

The PCA Award states that India is precluded from exercising its jurisdiction over the Marines, contrary to the previous ruling of the Supreme Court of India, which recognised the jurisdiction of Indian Courts in the case. The Award also declares that the Italian Marines are entitled to immunity in relation to the acts committed by them. This means the acceptance of the Award could mean a lot more than a mere act of international comity. It could entail both positives and negatives in international relations for India. The Centre for Public Policy Research along with the Study Group on International Law and Relations, Kerala shall discuss the Award and its implications.

Date and time: July 16, 2020 (Thursday), 5 PM IST



VM Syam Kumar, Advocate, High Court of Kerala, Kochi

VM Syam Kumar is a maritime lawyer since 1996 in Cochin/Kochi. Visiting faculty for Maritime law, Marine Insurance and Law of the Sea at National University for Advanced Legal Studies, Kaloor, Cochin. Formerly Guest faculty for Maritime Law at National Law School of India University, Bangalore; Guest Faculty for Maritime Law, Indian Maritime University; Guest Faculty for Law of the Sea, School of Legal Studies, Cochin University, CUSAT; Guest Faculty for Arbitration Law, School of Legal Studies, Cochin University, CUSAT.

Deepak Raju, Senior Associate, Sidley Austin LLP, Geneva.

Deepak Raju focuses on international trade disputes, investment arbitration and public international law. He counsels sovereign States and corporations on State to State disputes, investor-State disputes and other disputes where one or more sovereigns are involved. He started his career as an associate at the Mumbai office of one of India’s biggest commercial law firms. There, he advised clients on various aspects of financial market regulation. Subsequently, he moved to a firm in New Delhi focusing on International Economic Law. He also worked as an intern at the Appellate Body of the WTO, providing the Appellate Body with research assistance on various aspects of WTO law.


Nithin Ramakrishnan, Research Scholar, CPPR & Assistant Professor, CVV

Nithin Ramakrishnan is a postgraduate in International Law, currently working as an Assistant Professor of International Law at Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth (Deemed-to-be-University), Kochi, where he has introduced the LLM programme in Legal Theory, one-of-its-kind in India. He is also the programme co-ordinator of MA Public Policy and Governance, a joint master’s degree programme offered by CVV and CPPR.

Introductory Remarks

Dr Harisankar K Sathyapalan, Research Fellow, CPPR & Assistant Professor, CUSAT

Harisankar is currently Assistant Professor at the School of Legal Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), India. He received his PhD from the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS), and holds an LLM from the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi.

Concluding remarks

Dr Shannu Narayan, Assistant Professor, IIM Calicut

Shannu Narayan is currently Assistant Professor & Chairperson, Humanities & Liberal Arts in Management at IIM Calicut. She received her PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi and holds ML from University of Madras, Tamil Nadu and MPhil from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.


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