Parliament panel moots new body to formulate
international treaties, agreements
India, October 12, 2015
panel has favoured creation of a new wing -- Department of
International Law -- to ensure that matters related to
international treaties and agreements are formulated and
implemented in a better way. These include multiple treaties on
black money and other international agreements.
The 31-member parliamentary standing committee on personnel,
public grievances, law and justice, headed by Congress MP E M
Sudarsana Natchiappan, has made the recommendation.
"As plenty of bilateral and multiple treaties on black money and
other matters including investments are coming up, there should
be a proper system for participation, formulation and
implementation of such international agreements," Natchiappan
"The system will create a better positioning of India in the
international fora," he said.
The committee has also favoured creation of department of
international law under the ministry of law and justice. It also
suggested renaming the ministry as ministry of international
law, domestic law and justice, he said.
The panel also heard submissions by officials of external
affairs, commerce, finance and home ministries, Natchiappan
said, adding that representatives of ministries of civil
aviation, social justice, labour, and environment and forests
will also be called to give their views soon.
At present, legal and treaties division under the ministry of
external affairs is entrusted with the task of negotiating all
political treaties, agreements and conventions with foreign
"This will help a more coordinated, holistic and specialized
approach while negotiating any international treaty or
agreement," he said.
Natchiappan noted that the functional ministries and departments
must be at the forefront of the negotiation process along with
the ministry of law and justice, which is the competent agency
to advise on the position of domestic law vis-a-vis the
provisions of the treaty.
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