Law expert Neeru Chadha became the first Indian woman to be elected a judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).
Chadha is a legal consultant to the Indian Government, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
On Wednesday, she won a nine-year term on the tribunal that adjudicates disputes arising over the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and agreements between countries that give it jurisdiction.
The tribunal was set up in 1996 and is based in Hamburg, Germany.
Chadha was the only candidate from the Asia Pacific Group to be elected in the first round of elections where the 168 countries that are parties to UNCLOS voted.