Fali Sam Nariman

Fali Sam Nariman is an Indian legal legend, Constitutional jurist and Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India. He is a globally recognized authority on international arbitration. He has served as Additional Solicitor General of India, Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament and President of the Bar Association of India. Mr Nariman started his law practice at the Bombay High Court. After practicing for 22 years, he was appointed a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India in 1971. He considers Jamsetjee Kanga his mentor and guiding force.

Mr Nariman has served as President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and President of the Bar Association of India. He was Vice-Chairman of the International Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce, since 1989; honorary member of the International Commission of Jurists since 1988; and member of the London Court of International Arbitration since 1988. He was appointed to the Advisory Board of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in November 1999; and served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Commission of Jurists from 1995 to 1997.

Mr Nariman is an Honorary Member of the International Commission of Jurists. He was elected President of the ICCA from 1994 to 2002, and since then has been designated as its honorary President. He was President of the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA); Member of the Court of the LCIA; past Vice-Chairman of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); and past Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the IBA.

A recipient of no less than the Padma Bhushan (1991), Padma Vibhushan (2007), and Gruber Prize for Justice (2002), Mr Nariman was honored with the 19th Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration (2018). A firm believer in the Supreme Court being the sole and final interpreter of the Constitution, Mr Nariman, in his book, “Before Memory Fades: An Autobiography”, states, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy”.

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