Date Of Call : January 2009 (Mauritius); 2007 (England & Wales)
Qualifications : LLB & LLM (Distinction) (London School of Economics & Political Science); BVC (College of Law, London); Diploma in Admiralty Law & Practice (Distinction) Llyod’s Maritime Academy
Vimalen has a mixed practice, with a focus on the following areas of practice: Administrative & Public; Civil; Commercial; Employment & Labour; Environment; ICT; Media; Mutual Legal Assistance. He has also recently developed an interest in aspects of maritime law and practice. He has experience before all courts of Mauritius as well as the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, before which he has appeared on three occasions. In 2019, he successfully appeared as lead counsel before the Judicial committee of the Privy Council in an employment law matter.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
He is presently assisting in reviewing the laws of Rwanda, in particular relating to AML/CFT and Mutual Legal Assistance.
In 2018/19, he further acted as a legal consultant for the United Nations Development Programme to review the laws and legal framework for Civil Society Organisations in Mauritius.
From 2011 to 2016, Vimalen sat part-time on the Environment Appeals Tribunal and its successor, the Environment and Land Use Appeals Tribunal.
In 2014, Vimalen served as the Chairman of the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA), the national regulator for the ICT sector and Postal Services in Mauritius.
From 2008 to 2014, Vimalen was engaged with the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat on a number of law development projects across the Commonwealth, including on international co-operation, cybercrime, anti-corruption and terrorism. In 2011, Vimalen presented to Law Ministers and Attorneys General of the Commonwealth a revised Commonwealth scheme on mutual legal assistance that includes provisions that are in line with the Cybercrime Convention and the Convention Against Corruption, amongst others. Vimalen was subsequently engaged as an external legal consultant to assist the Commonwealth to develop a model law for countries to implement the revised Scheme, which was adopted by Law Ministers and Attorneys General of the Commonwealth in 2014. He has also been involved in training workshops organised by the United Nations Office On Drugs and Crime, the European Judicial Network, amongst others.
Vimalen also has substantial teaching experience, having previously taught law to both undergraduates and postgraduates at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has also taught Public International Law at the University of Mauritius.
Vimalen is also involved in research. His notable publications include:
(2013) Journal of Mauritian Studies: Contemporary Mauritius: Mauritian Constitutionalism: The “Best Loser” in context.
(2012) Commonwealth Law Bulletin (CLB): The Commonwealth Scheme relating to Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters within the Commonwealth, the ‘Harare Scheme’: An appraisal (Vol. 38, No. 1, March 2012, 119–125).
(2007-8) International Criminal Law Review (ICLR): The Crime of Aggression and the International Criminal Court: A Need to reconcile the prerogatives of the Security Council, the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. (Volume 8, Number 4, 2008, pp. 655-686(32).