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2018 HWPL World Peace Summit

Around 1,000 experts in various fields from around the world with a passionate heart for peace gathered in Seoul, South Korea, to participate in the 2018 HWPL World Peace Summit: 4th Anniversary. The Worldwide President of the World Jurist Association, Dr. Franklin Hoet Linares, was among the distinguished guests of this important event being celebrated on 17 – 19 September, 2018.

The main agenda of these meetings was the introduction of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) to the United Nations (UN) as a binding resolution and the promotion of international cooperation among individuals from all levels and sectors of society for the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula through the DPCW. In addition, plans were discussed and established regarding how to draw support from current heads of state for the introduction of the DPCW as a UN resolution.

Political leaders, including former and current heads of state, ministers, national assembly speakers, Supreme Court justices and jurists from around the world together with HWPL are currently making practical efforts towards the enactment of an international law for peace through the introduction of the DPCW to the UN. At this year’s international law session, high-ranking officials and the HWPL international law advisory committee created concrete measures to advance the process of the realization of the implementation of an international law for peace.

As part of the Summit’s agenda, on September 18, Dr. Hoet was honored by Mr. Man Hee Lee, Chairman of HWPL, with a Plaque of Appreciation in recognition to his outstanding contribution to advocating the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War and spreading a culture of peace in efforts for the realization of peace and cessation of war.

 

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Letter to the Secretary General of the OAS on the Venezuelan case

 

H.E. DR. LUIS ALMAGRO LEMES

Secretary General of the Organization of the American States

His Excellency,

The World Jurist Association (WJA), aware of the transcendental role that corresponds to it in these critical moments that affect the Venezuelan citizens, presents before you its respectful support and appreciation on behalf of the jurists who integrate it, many of them Venezuelan.

The current humanitarian crisis affecting Venezuela, as direct result of a system described as dictatorial throughout the American continent, and as result of the actions of some of the highest representatives of the Venezuelan regime, who have been qualified as members of criminal organizations with participation in Narcotics trafficking, must be repudiated and taken care of, just as you have courageously claim over the last few years. The real crisis has brought as consequence the notorious and massive diaspora of Venezuelans trying to guarantee their survival by fleeing to the American Continent and the rest of the world, which has also affected the receiving countries and, even more, the neighboring countries which have good sheltered the victims of the Venezuelan regime.

The WJA supports your repeated complaints as Secretary General of the OAS in light of the humanitarian, economic, political and social crisis in Venezuela, as well as the successive ones by multiple international organizations. Likewise, the WJA recognizes your extraordinary and strong humanist position facing the ferocious and repressive Venezuelan dictatorship, in representation of the democratic foundations that inspired the creation of the OAS in 1948. The OAS, in its principles, has always been compatible with the values ​​that guide our organization: Pax Orbis ex Jure, world peace through law; justice through the rule of law.

The WJA adheres to the request of the Independent Panel of International Experts appointed by you on September 14, 2017, who recommended in their report for their conclusions to be presented before the International Criminal Court. The WJA supports the need to process, prosecute and convict the perpetrators of the ongoing  genocide that is being committed in Venezuela, and which is, in light of the Palermo Convention, a crime against humanity.

The four World Associations that integrate the WJA unanimously support and fervently desire successful results in the process of seeking justice for the Venezuelan people during the historic OAS General Assembly that concludes today.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Franklin Hoet Linares

Worldwide President

 

Read the original text in Spanish (here)

Access the letter in PDF format (here)

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WJA Munich IP Conference 2018

The World Jurist Association invites you to its Munich Conference on Intellectual Property and Trademarks. The WJA Germany is organizing this event to be held in Munich, Germany, on May 3 and 4, where lawyers, judges, attorneys, students, and IP/TM-related professionals from around the world will discuss:

  • 4th Industrial Revolution – Protection and Regulation of the New Technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data
  • OECD Report 2013 – Influence of Trading with Counterfeit on the Global Trade
  • Harmonization in IP Protection is Ongoing with Institutions like IP5. Is this Strategy Sufficient?
  • What is the Impact of Protection Regarding the UN Sustainable Development Goals?
  • IFLA’s Development and Access to Information (DA2I) Report 2017 in Context of Today’s IP Protection

Speakers already confirmed include experts from the European Patent Office, the People’s Supreme Court of China, the Caribbean Anticounterfeiting Association, among others.

Would you like to participate as speaker? Email: wja@worldjurist.org | a.loew@datawh.de

Call for papers, abstracts and presentations, closing date: April 1, 2018.

The location will be close to Munich’s city center. The Conference will be held in English.
Hotel packages are available.

Information:
– for participants: WJA Munich Conference Invitation PDF
– for speakers: WJA Munich Conference Speaker PDF

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WJA Awards

Since 1965, Charlie Rhine, founding president of the World Peace Through Law Center, established as our association’s policy to recognize outstanding worldwide personalities of the legal and human rights-defense field. Prime Ministers, Presidents, Ministers, Magistrates, Prosecutors, Judges, Academics, Lawyers, Directors of international organizations and outstanding WJA Members who have widely contributed to the achievement of the organization’s goals have been awarded by the nowadays World Jurist Association.

Among others, the following notables have received the prestigious WJA Awards:

 

Washington, 1965

  • World Law Research Award: Prof. Julius Stone – Australia
  • World Lawyer Award: Chaudri Nazir Ahmad Khan – Pakistan

Geneva, 1967

  • Outstanding Jurist of the World Award: René Cassin – France. Further in 1968, he was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize for his human rights work
  • Outstanding Legal Scholar of the World Award: C. Wilfred Jenks, Dep. Dir. ILO – U.K.
  • Outstanding National Chairman Award: Jus. Charles Bright – Australia

Bangkok, 1969

  • Outstanding Jurist of the World Award: Chief Jus. Terje Wold – Norway
  • Outstanding Legal Scholar Award: Dr. Andrew Lee

Belgrade, 1971

  • Outstanding Jurist of the World Award: Chief Jus. Earl Warren – USA
  • Outstanding Legal Scholar Award: Milian Bartos – Yugoslavia
  • World Lawyer Award: Fouad Atalla – Jordan
  • Outstanding National Chairman Award: Carlo Fornario – Italy
  • World Committee Chairman Award: Dr. Max Habicht – Switzerland

Abidjan, 1973

  • World Human Rights Award: Terje Wold, Posthumously – Norway
  • World Human Rights Award: Earl Warren – USA
  • Outstanding National Chairman: Amelito R. Mutuc, Philippines
  • World Justice Award: Alphonse Boni – Ivory Coast
  • Man of Peace Award: Pres. Houphouet-Boigny – Ivory Coast
  • World Lawyer Award: Albert Brunois – France
  • Outstanding Jurist of the World: Dr T.O. Elias – Nigeria

Washington, 1975

  • Outstanding International Agency Award: Francis Wolf, ILO
  • World Lawyer Award: Bernard Segal – USA
  • World Jurist Award: Manfred Lachs – Int’l Court of Justice – Poland
  • World Legal Scholar Award: Prof. Joaquin Garrigues Díaz-Canabate – Spain
  • Human Rights Award: Fouad Atalla, Int’l Court of Justice – Jordan

Madrid, 1979

  • World Lawyer Award: Antonio Garrigues Walker – Spain
  • Outstanding Jurist of the World Award: Prof Ernst Benda – Fed. Rep. of Germany
  • Outstanding Legal Scholar Award: Grigory I. Tunkin – URSS

Sao Paulo, 1981

  • World Human Rights Award: Prof. Carlos Alberto Dunshee de Abranches – Brazil
  • Outstanding National Chairman Award: Dr. Karl-Georg Zierlein – Fed. Rep. of Germany
  • Extraordinary Contributions to the Law of Human Kind Award: Jus. William S. Thompson, Retired – USA
  • World Lawyer Award: Ekizo Fujibayshi – Japan
  • Outstanding Jurist of the World Award: Dr. Alphonse Boni – Ivory Coast
  • Outstanding Legal Scholar Award: Dr. Luis María Boffi Boggero – Argentina

Cairo, 1983

  • Man of Peace Award: Pres. Mohammad Husni Mubarak – Egypt
  • World Jurist Award: Robert Matin – France
  • Outstanding Jurist of the World Award: H.E. Ahmed Mamdouh Attia – Egypt
  • Outstanding Legal Scholar Award: John Hazard – USA
  • World Lawyer Award: Dr. Waheed Raafat – Egypt
  • World Human Rights Award: Juan Manuel Fanjul Sedeno – España

West Berlin, 1985

  • World Jurist Award: Dr. W. Zeidler, Pres. German Constitutional Court – Germany
  • World Justice Award: H.E. Zheng Jianxian – Pres. Peoples Supreme Court – China
  • Extraordinary Contribution to the Law of Mind Kind Award: Dr. Luis Maria Boffi Boggero, Posthumously – Argentina
  • World Lawyer Award: Claude R. Thomson – Canada
  • Outstanding National Chairman: Doo-Hyun Kim – Rep. of Korea

Seoul, 1987

  • World Justice Award: Pres. Nagendra Singh, International Court of Justice – India
  • World Lawyer Award: Franklin Hoet Linares – Venezuela
  • Extraordinary Contribution to the Law of Mind Kind Award: Hon. Pres. Rolv Ryssdal, European Court of Human Rights, and Mrs. Signe Marie Ryssdal – Norway. Only Husband / Wife honoris, received the Pax Orbi Ex Juri Award & Gold Medalium for Public Leadership.
  • Special Appreciation Award: H.E. Chung Haechung, Min. of Justice – Korea
  • World Jurist Award: Prince Bola Ajibola, SAN, Attorney General & Min. of Justice – Nigeria. Later member of the Int’l Court of Justice.

Beijing, 1990

  • Special Appreciation Award: H.E. Zheng Jianxian – Pres. Peoples Supreme Court – China, for his efforts as host and head of the Chinese Conference Organizing Committee
  • World Justice Award: Hon. Pres. José María Ruda, Int’l Court of Justice – Spain
  • World Jurist Award: Hon. Chief Jus. Marcelo B. Fernan – Philippines
  • World Lawyer Award: Mr. D.C. Singhania – India
  • World Outstanding National Chairman Award: Masahiko Takeda – Japan
  • World Legal Scholar Award: Prof. Ved Nanda – Pakistan
  • Special Award: Mr. Kenelm L. Shirk, Jr. – USA, for his continuing contribution to the objectives of the World Peace Through Law Center.

Manila, 1993

  • WJA Man of Peace Award: H.E. Pres. Fidel Ramos – Philippines
  • WJA World Justice Award: Chief Jus. Roman Herzog, Federal Constitutional Court – Germany

Oranjestad, 2017

  • World Peace Award: Dr. Luis Almagro Lemes, Secretary General of the OAS – Uruguay
  • Outstanding Legal Scholar Award: Prof. Doc. Juris Alexander J. Bĕlohlávek – Czech Republic
  • Life Achievements Award: Prof. Dr. Román Duque Corredor – Venezuela
  • Outstanding Lawyer Award: Tamara Sujú Roa, Exec. Dir. CASLA Institute – Venezuela
  • Investigative Journalism Award: Roberto Deniz Machín, Co-Author of the Panama Papers, 2017 Pulitzer Prize – Venezuela
  • World Jurist Award: Dr. Javier Cremades – Spain. Presented in Madrid, 2018.

Proposed Amendments to WJA 2012 Charter & By-Laws

 

Dear WJA Members,

On behalf of the Board of Governors we are glad to announce that, from the Board Meeting held on January 24, 2018, the proposal to Amend the WJA 2012 Charter & By-Laws (below) was approved. This project was presented last year by President Dr. Franklin Hoet, as his vision to enhance and revitalize the operations of the association through decentralization. The drafting counted with the support, ideas, and advice of several active WJA members and an external DC Attorney specialized in NGOs, so as to adapt our regulations to the current related DC & US laws.

During the Board Meeting, the Final Draft of the Amendments for the 2012 Charter & By-Laws was approved by the unanimity (8/8) of Members of the Board attending and/or being represented there. Only one member of the Board could not attend the meeting, perhaps owing the time difference (China). The approval, hence, exceeded the minimum of 66% votes required by the current Charter & By-Laws. It is worth mentioning that only one (01) vote from President & Past President Dr. Franklin Hoet Linares and only one (01) vote from Executive Vice President & General Counsel Garry E. Hunter were taken in consideration, even though they both held two positions within the Board.

Therefore, and following all the procedure established for amending and/or repealing the WJA Charter & By-Laws, we enclosed on an email on January 26, 2018 the approved project and the corresponding ballot to all members entitled to vote. As per the current regulations, the Amendments Draft most be published and distributed to all members in good standing at least ninety (90) days before the vote is tallied. Unfortunately, owing internet connection problems, we could not upload the document on the website the same day it was sent to those members entitled by the WJA 2012 Charter & By-Laws to vote.

We requested members entitled to vote to, after carefully reviewing the Amendments proposed, return their ballot as soon as possible, and no later than April 26, 2018. The final vote will be tallied on April 26, 2018, and a majority of all votes cast will determine the decision to adopt these amendments. As of January 24, 2018, the number of members in good standing was sixty-two (62). Therefore, the majority required for this process will be thirty-one (31) plus one (1), meaning thirty-two (32) votes. Given the case, once this amount of approving votes is received, the Charter & By-laws will take immediate effect.

Ballots enclosed in the email sent to the membership in good standing should be exclusively returned to the WJA Executive Vice-President & General Counsel, Dr. Garry E. Hunter, at:

ghunter@hunterlawoffices.us  or Fax +1 740 592 53 90

Only one ballot per member in good standing as per January 24, 2018 will be counted. Duplicates will not be accepted.

Had you recieved the aforementioned email, we are looking forward to your active involvement in this revitalization process.

Finally, we would like to extend you all an invitation to participate at the WJA Conference “IP – Protection and Trademark Rights: International Discussion with the Aim of a Worldwide Exchange” to be held in Munich, Germany on May 3-4, 2018.

 

Kind regards,

Garry E. Hunter 

Executive Vice President & General Counsel

 

Yachenka Rodríguez V.

Executive Director

WJA Charter and By Laws – Proposed Amendments 2018 – Final Version to Membership

 

6th Annual Arbitration & Investment Summit

Dear WJA members,

We gladly invite you to participate at the 6th Arbitration & Investment Annual Summit, to be held on January 29, 2018, at the University of the Bahamas in Nassau, Bahamas. This event is being organised by the WJA’s Bahamas National President, Dr. Peter D. Maynard, Head of the Law Department of the University of the Bahamas and Partner at Peter D. Maynard Counsel & Attorneys.

For further information, please download the PDF here http://worldjurist.org/6th-annual-abitration-investment-summit-2018/

Additionally, you may visit: www.maynardlaw.com