Ariranga Govindasamy Pillay
Nationality Mauritius
Committee Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Date First Elected 01/01/1996
Date Term Expires 12/31/2008
Position on Committee Vice-Chairperson
Professional Background Appointments in Mauritius
1972-1987: Legal adviser at the Ministry of Justice, successively as Crown Counsel, Senior Crown Counsel, Principal Crown Counsel, Assistant Solicitor General and Parliamentary Counsel
Advised and appeared for the State in Criminal and Civil matters
Drafted all kinds of legislation
1987-May: 1996 Puisne Judge, acting Senior Puisne Judge
1994-1996: Chairman of the Council of Legal Education of Mauritius
1995-1996: Member of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission of Mauritius
1996 to date: Chief Justice of Mauritius
Chairman of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission of Mauritius

Work in international field
- Negotiated bilateral air services and loan agreements on behalf of the State of Mauritius
- Represented Mauritius at international forums in various fields, namely, human rights, intellectual property and international law matters
- Drafted human rights reports on behalf of Mauritius for the Human Rights Committee and for the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
- Chaired moot competitions on human rights
Member of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1997 to date)
- Appointed adviser by the Governing Council of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (1998 to date)
- Member of the Court of Appeals of Seychelles (1999 to date)
Educational Background- Bachelor of Science (BSC) Econ. (Hons) (1969)
- Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Hons) in jurisprudence (1971)
- Barrister-at-law (1972) of Lincoln’s Inn (United Kingdom)

Scholarship and fellowship
- English Scholarship awarded by the State of Mauritius (1965): came out first at the Higher School Certificate Examinations;
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Fellowship on copyright (1974);
- World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Fellowship on patents and trademarks (1976);
- United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Fellowship in International Law (1979);
United Nations Human Rights Fellowship (Constitutional Law and - Human Rights) (1981): attended course at the London School of Oriental and African Studies;
- Fellowship on trademarks awarded by the Government of Australia (1982);
- United Nations Fellowship for participation in International Law Seminar (1985);
- Fellowship awarded by the United States of America for research study on Minority Rights and the American Judicial System (1994)
Current occupation Chief Justice of Mauritius
LanguageEnglish, French (Franšais)
Working LanguageE, F
Date of birth: 14 June 1945, Vice-Chairperson since May 2007