[Every now and then, here at ILCurry, I will try and post about leading (South Asian, Indian, or any other I find some interesting information about) international law scholars/jurists/lawyers from the past. I hope to supplement the posts with images and videos that I come across.]
As I have mentioned previously, Nagendra Singh (1914-1988) was an Indian jurist who was a judge of the ICJ from 1973 to 1988, its vice president from 1976 to 1979, and its president from 1985 to 1988, till his death.
As the Wikipedia entry on him reveals, officially titled Maharaja Nagendra Singh, he was a member of the royal family of Dungarpur in Rajasthan and a career bureaucrat who, as an Indian Civil Service officer, served as secretary to the president, and in several other union ministries. Nagendra Singh was a member of the International Law Commission from 1967 to 1972, and was appointed a judge of the ICJ in 1973.
Some additional reading reveals that Nagendra Singh and Stephen Schwebel (a leading international jurist and a former president and judge of the ICJ, as well) were one of the first few pupils of Sir Hersch Lauterpacht at Cambridge. (See article on Hersch Lauterpacht by Stephen Schwebel here).
Here are two interesting files on Nagendra Singh:
1. From the album “Sir Elihu Lauterpacht’s Early Life” on the Cambridge site here:
Nagendra Singh receives the LL.M. at Cambridge. From L to R: Prof. Robert Jennings, Maharaja Nagendra Singh, Prof. Dennis Bailey, and Sir Elihu Lauterpacht (from the album "Sir Elihu Lauterpacht's Early Life" in the Cambridge Law online photo-gallery)
2. A Youtube video of a one hour interview with Judge Nagendra Singh at the UN in New York (originally aired on October 12 1986) where he talks about the ICJ, international law making at the UN, the nature of international legal order, what the ICJ can learn from the Supreme Court of India, and more (“… law of the sea was a very naughty problem” : ) ):
Hat tip to Aditya Singh for the video.