International trade law expert joins FICL’s advisory board

James J Nedumpara

James J Nedumpara, professor and head of the Centre for International Trade and Investment Law (CTIL) at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, has joined the Federation of Indian Corporate Lawyers (FICL) as a member of its National Advisory Council (NAC).

Nedumpara will bring his diverse experience to spearhead initiatives and, with other council members, act as a think tank for the FICL. The council also gives guidance, advice and suggestions to the organisation’s CEO and the honorary president regarding initiatives and programmes to be undertaken.

“We at the FICL are very excited and pleased to have James Nedumpara join our NAC,” Ashok Sharma, the founder and CEO of the FICL told Asia Business Law Journal. “In the past, the FICL has been collaborating with the CTIL in various initiatives on the globalisation of the Indian legal profession. With James in our NAC, we will have access to his vast experience to contribute constructively to the FICL initiatives in the coming days.”

Recently the FICL in association with the CTIL has conducted a survey on the “Status of dispute resolution in India 2022” and the report is currently under preparation.

The CTIL was established by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India. As the head, Nedumpara advises the government on international trade, investment and dispute settlement matters. He has also taught at Jindal Global Law School, where he joined as a founding faculty member, and has worked as a trade officer (legal) with the UN Conference on Trade and Development India programme.

Nedumpara has appeared in various World Trade Organisation dispute proceedings as part of the Indian delegation and advised the Indian government in relation to several free-trade agreement negotiations. He has published widely in the field of trade remedy law, including the most recent Non-market economies in the global trading system: The special case of China, 2018. He has also co-authored a comprehensive textbook with Professor Leila Choukroune of the University of Portsmouth titled International economic law: Text, cases and materials, published by Cambridge University Press, 2021.