4th Annual Arbitration and Investment Summit
Caribbean, Latin America and Other Emerging Markets
Issued: 12 November 2015
Issued: 12 November 2015
Letter from the President
Dr. Franklin Hoet Linares
These are not times for extended speeches. Inter-pares as we are, nobody can pretend to impress his own colleagues and companions during decades. On the contrary, it’s time indeed for action, recovery and reconstruction. We don’t have another alternative than to succeed or to permit that the WJA continues to languish. Continue reading “Letter From the President” →
The 2015-2017 Board of Governors has been announced following uncontested elections held on June 27, 2015. Members take office immediately and serve for a 2-year term. Continue reading “2015-2017 Board of Governors Announced” →
As a non-governmental organization with special consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the WJA provides a unique forum for the international community. We have worked closely with governments, non-governmental organizations and international associations to foster a cooperative dialogue on world peace. Through our support, decision-makers from around the world work together as individuals, rather than representatives of a particular country, class or ideology.
With more than 55 years of accomplishments, the WJA is one of the few organizations working with such a broad range of stakeholders to promote the Rule of Law as the path towards world peace. Our members include sitting and retired Chief Justices, judges, government officials, law professors, lawyers, law students and law-related professionals. We have National Presidents in countries around the globe, and our Board of Governors represents every continent and aspect of the legal profession.
This is a brief look at the ways in which the WJA has sought to build the foundation for a system of laws that will ensure peace without the use of force. The WJA is committed to its continuation of ensuring peace through the Rule of Law for all generations.
The Global Council & the Board of Directors are the governing bodies of the WJA. The Global Council is composed by the Presidents of the 5 World Regions, and the Board of Directors is integrated by the Worldwide President, the General Counsel and the members Global Council.
The following Officers have been officially appointed and/or ratified in the correspondent position on May 5, 2018, during the second day of the Global Council Meeting held in Munich, Germany, following the approval by majority of the membership of the Amendment of the WJA 2012 Charter & By Laws, on April 27, 2018. Furthermore, and as nominated at the aforementioned meeting, during the General Assembly of Members held in Malaga, Spain, on February 21, 2019, the Worldwide President for the 2019-2021 period was elected and designated:
|Worldwide President||Javier Cremades-Garcia|
|Executive Vice President||Garry E. Hunter|
|President for Africa||Peter N.C. Umeadi|
|President for Asia, Australia & the Pacific||Tao Kaiyuan|
|President for Europe||Alexander Löw|
|President for Latin America and the Caribbean||Mónica Grill|
|President for North America||Iris Jones|
|Past President||Franklin Hoet Linares|
During the Global Council Meeting held on May 5, 2018 in Munich, Germany, Officers were appointed and/or ratified; and during the Malaga General Assembly of February 21, 2019, the Presidents of the Associations were elected and designated as follows:
|President of the World Association of Judges||Peter N.C. Umeadi|
|President of the World Association of Lawyers||Francisco Javier Lara|
|President of the World Association of Law Professors||Jesús Becerra|
|President of the World Association of Business Associates||Sven Kohlmeier|
|Vice President for Asia, Australia & the Pacific||Zayed Al-Shamsi|
|Vice President for Europe||To be elected|
|Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean||Orlando Viera-Blanco|
|Executive Director||Yachenka Rodríguez-Velásquez|
|Representatives before the UN New York||Franklin Hoet-Linares
|Representative before UN Geneva||Peter N.C. Umeadi|
|Representative before UN Vienna||Alexander Löw|
|Representative before UNICEF||Gabi J. García-García|
|Representative before CPI||Tamara Suju Roa|
Every two years, members of the legal profession are given the opportunity to call upon Heads of State and Governments to recognize these resolutions and act accordingly. The numerous messages received from these Heads of State and Governments, in support and encouragement of the congresses, indicate the value placed upon the resolutions that come out of the Biennial Congresses. By tradition, our Congresses have been Honorary Presided and addresed by the highest authority of the host country.
Since 1965, Charlie Rhyne, 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 with the WJA Awards. 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.
The establishment and celebration of World Law Day is another accomplishment of the WJA. President Lyndon B. Johnson of the United States was the first Head of State to recognize the World Law Day. Chief Justice Kisaburo Yokota from Japan, the first Honorary World Chairman of World Law Day, remarked, “The lawyers of the World have marked another important milestone in their struggle toward the great goal of international peace.” Justice Yokota went on to say that the World Law Day calls upon the entire world to re-evaluate the place of law in the community of nations and to re-instill in our way of life the rule of law as an ultimate assurance of world peace.
The International Demonstration Trial, another tradition started by the WJA, began in 1971. During the demonstration, hypothetical cases are argued by lawyers from various countries before a panel of Chief Justices of the world. These Demonstration Trials have shown the possibility of replacing war with law, as the proper forum for decision making on international disputes. The Demonstration Trials give judges a time and place to express their great value to the peace process on a regular biennial basis.
The previously mentioned accomplishments are perhaps the most important reasons for an individual to join the WJA. By joining the WJA and participating in its congresses and conferences, an individual is proclaiming his or her support for world peace.
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