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The World Jurist Award presented to Dr. Javier Cremades

 

Madrid, March 8, 2018 | The lawyer and founder of the Cremades & Calvo Sotelo office, Javier Cremades, received yesterday from the president of the World Jurists Association (WJA), the Venezuelan Franklin Hoet, the ‘World Jurist Award’ for his professional work.

The event was chaired by the Minister of Justice, Rafael Catalá, and was held at the German Embassy for the links of the winner with this country as a young man he studied the doctorate at the University of Regensburg. Cremades becomes the fourth Spanish lawyer to obtain this WJA distinction since its creation in 1963, after Joaquín Garrigues, Antonio Garrigues and Juan Manuel Fanjul succeeded.

The German ambassador, Peter Tempel, highlighted the fact that he is an “incombustible promoter” of the defense of freedom of expression in the media, while the president of the WJA stressed that he promotes “the value of Rule of Law” together with the protection of Human Rights.

Cremades wanted to thank for an “unexpected” award that, in his opinion, it owes to the team of lawyers who work in his firm and to his maxim of serving people above all. “We are not with cases, but with people”, he said.

According to his point of view, we must fight against the abuses of power, “which tends to perpetuate and corrupt”, as well as against the disaffection of the system propagated by populist parties. Therefore, asked to be “very careful” with those who ask to “reinvent” the constitutional system or defend pro-independence causes in Catalonia under the premise that “freedom is above rights, something totally false”.

In the act they were former ministers like Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, César Antonio Molina or Eduardo Serra; the president of Repsol, Antonio Brufau; former judges of the Constitutional Court like Manuel Aragón or Álvaro Rodríguez Bereijo; former Ibero-American secretary general, Enrique Iglesias; the former mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma; or journalists Pedro Ruiz and Isabel Gemio.

 

Written by Antonio Rodríguez | The Diplomat in Spain

Main Photo by Benito Guerrero | Cambio 16

Photos by Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo

 

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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

Tourist information about visiting Munich
Visit Munich Official Site

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

2017 – 2019 Board of Governors | Elections Committee Decision

Dear WJA members,

Following the WJA Board of Governors election held on November 2, 2017 during the Closing Day of the Biennial Congress held in Aruba, the Election Committee has pronnounced its decision regarding the grievances presented by Ms. Kim Quarles, candidate running for the Presidency of our organisation.

According to the Election Committee decision, the WJA 2017-2019 Board of Governors will be integrated by:

  • President – Franklin Hoet-Linares (Venezuela)
  • 1st Vice President – Tao Kaiyuan (People’s Republic of China)
  • 2nd Vice President – Zayed Alshamsi (United Arab Emirates)
  • 3rd Vice President – Glendeline Croes (Aruba)
  • World Association of Judges – Peter N.C. Umeadi (Nigeria)
  • World Association of Lawyers – Jacinto Soler Padró (Spain)
  • World Association of Law Professors – Alberto Jurado Salazar (Venezuela)
  • Association of Business Associates – Alexander Löw (Germany)

WJA congratulates all the new members of the Board of Governors and appreciates the work done by the Election Committee.

 

Read here the full text of the Election Committee Decision http://worldjurist.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Decision-of-the-Election-Committee-2nd-Nov-2017.pdf

World Jurist Association Congress 2017

Be part of history…

The World Jurist Association invites you to its
25° Biennial Congress Energy: Peace and Justice for All,
to be held in the beautiful Caribbean Island of Aruba, from October 30 to November 2, 2017, at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino.

As an NGO with special consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council, the main purpose of this congress is to integrate, as one of the resolutions of the Declaration of Aruba, the consecration by consensus of a new universal Human Right: The Right of Access to Sustainable Energy to Facilitate Long Term Development. This ambitious project is integrated into the WJA’s fundamental objective: To fight for world peace through the Rule of Law,
Pax Orbi Ex Jure.

Our international event will bring together important international Human Right defenders, judges, lawyers, governmental officers, academics, students and international law professionals from all over the world, which will make it an excellent opportunity for networking.

Would you like to be part of a historical moment?
Hope to see you in Aruba!

Sincerely,
Franklin Hoet
President
World Jurist Association

For information on how to register, program, fees and accommodation,

Click here and Download the PDF: WJA Congress – Registration Package PDF