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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: |

Call for papers, abstracts and presentations, closing date: March 15, 2018.

The location will be close to Munich’s city center. The Conference will be held in English. Hotel packages will be available from March 1, 2018.

Further information: WJA Munich Conference Invitation PDF

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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:  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

Additionally, you may visit:

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

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!

Franklin Hoet
World Jurist Association

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

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

Nominating Committee – Final Slate and Candidates


Dear members,

We are very pleased to present the final slate and candidates for the Biannual Congress Elections.



President: Franklin Hoet, Kim Quarles

1st Vice President: Tao Kaiyuan

2nd Vice President: Saed al Hamshi, Itsuo Terada

3rd Vice President: Monica Grill, Glendeline Croes



  • President: 2 nominations

Franklin Hoet, Kim Quarles


  • EVP: 1 nomination

Ramon Soler Padro


  • Executive Director: 1 nomination

Sorell Negro


  • Vice Presidents: 5 nominations

1st VP

Tao Kaiyuan


2nd VP

Saed al Hamshi, Itsuo Terada


3rd VP

Monica Grill, Glendeline Croes


  • World Association of Judges: 1 nomination

Peter Lord


  • World Association of Lawyers: 1 nomination

Jacinto Soler-Padro


  • World Association of Business Associates: 1 nomination

Alexander Loew


  • World Association of Professors: 1 nomination

Alberto Jurado


  • General Counsel: 2 nominations

Ben Griffith, Ved Nanda


Sorrow in Barcelona, Spain

Dear members,

Due to the heartbreaking recent events in Las Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain, our Executive Vice President, Ramón Soler-Padró Canela, wants to thank all your demonstrations of solidarity and affection. We would like to inform you that he and his loved ones are in perfect health, although obviously frightened. Unfortunately, owing to the threat of subsequent attacks, he remains inside his residence as it is close to the area of the attack.

Such terrorist acts are, and will always be, repudiated by our organization. Likewise, we must be aware that our fight for peace and justice must gain more force in the face of injustice and the illegality of terrorism. In World Jurist Association, we must continue working for our great values and main objective, Pax Obi Ex Jure.

On behalf of the organization I preside, may the people of Barcelona receive our words of solidarity and blesses in these hours of pain and anguish.



Franklin Hoet Linares


World Jurist Association

Amendments of the Bylaws – Charter and Bylaws Committee – Call to Membership

Fellow Members of the World Jurist Association,

charter and bylaws committee

The Charter and Bylaws Committee, appointed on 3 July if this year, consisting of three members, all nominated by the board of governors, have revised and approved the proposal attached to this email to reform the structure of the World Jurist Association’s Bylaws.


Members of this Committee are:


Dr. Ben Griffith – Legal Counsel

Dr. Ved Nanda – President of the World Association of Law Professors

Mr. Ramon Soler-Padró Canela – Executive Vice President


The aim of such revision and reform of the bylaws responds to the need of giving better representation to different regions and the National chapters that integrate them in our organization. The target is based on the possibility to hold every year a major event for the World Jurist Association in a different region of the world. To achieve such purpose the many national chapters will be able to gather in Regional Forums:


Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, North Korea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam)

Australia – Pacific (Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu)

Middle East  (Bahrain, Cyprus, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey and United Arab Emirates)


Europe (Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark,  Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg,  Macedonia (FYROM), Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom (UK) and Vatican City)


Northern Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morrocco, Tunis and Western Sahara)


Southern Africa (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Ruanda, Burundi, Chad, Camerun, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabue, Benin, Burkina Faso, Camerun, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire,  Ecuatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bisau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Sudan)

Latin America (Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela)

The Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, French Guiana, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Lucia, Saint vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba and Curaçao, Bonaire, Bermuda, Saint Martin and Bes Islands)


East of North America (Eastern Canada, Northern Central US, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, North East Region US and South East Region US)


West of North America and Alaska (Western Canada, Alaska, South West Region US, Central South US and North West Region US)



Thus, every national chapter should gather in  Regional Forums, and each regional forum should appoint a President of the Forum. Each President of the Forum will be a member at the Inter Regional Directory, being appointed president of this modality the president of the regional Forum with a proposal for a conference or Congress that takes place in the range of five years and only within the limits of his or her chapter or regional Form. Vice President of this modality can also come with plans for a future international event and thus become president after the first two years of Rotary international presidencies have concluded, and a major event has been held by his or her inter-regional directories. This supra regional modality is thought to bring neighboring regions together with the aim of creating bonds of fraternity between their different countries and facilitating an atmosphere of international cooperation.


On the other hand they would have more autonomy to generate and use the funds raised by themselves (special foundations created by Regional Forums or National Chapters, with legal personality).


The list of Inter Regional Directories is the following:


North America

East of North America

West of North America and Alaska


Latin America & the Caribbean

Latin America

The Caribbean



Southern Africa

Northern Africa


Europe & Middle east


Middle East


Asia, Australia & Pacific


Australia & Pacific



All five Inter Regional Directories will gather in the Global Council of Presidents (GCP). Presidencies to this council will rotate every year depending on which President is responsible of holding the major event for the corresponding year. After the first two years of Presidencies are finished, the three presidents that have already carried out their event, may appoint there vice president as new president of the Inter Regional Directory and thus member of the Council of Presidents for the rest of the term.


The role of the Legal Counsel has also been revised by the Charter and Bylaws Committee so that he or she will be appointed amongst WJA senior members in good standing that are registered under any bar association of a US state.

If there was to be a law firm, member in good standing of the association with interest to present a candidate to this position, and the Legal Counsel seat was to be vacant, the candidacy could be evaluated and voted by the Council of Presidents.


We would like to give the opportunity to all our members to give us their feedback on these amendments so the Committee can adjust the approved proposal.


Please address your comments to


Kind regards

Ramon Soler-Padró Canela – Executive Vice President of the World Jurist Asociation

President of the WJA and President of the U.S. Chapter participated in the International Trademark Association (INTA)

On June 7, 2017, Franklin Hoet-Linares, President of the WJA, and Sorell Negro, President of the U.S. Chapter of the WJA, participated in a meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA) in Aruba.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss trade of counterfeit goods in the Caribbean and anti-counterfeiting efforts.  The meeting was well-attended by government officials including customs officials and law enforcement agents across the Caribbean, as well as industry representatives including from Proctor & Gamble, Philip Morris, and Puma.  The WJA is proud and delighted to announce that it is moving forward with a formal anti-counterfeiting effort in the Caribbean, working with INTA, government officials, and industry representatives to assist with training of customs officials, dissemination of best practices, and other efforts to reduce and eliminate counterfeiting of products and other illegal trade activities.

Invitation to Crytocurrencies Conference in Gibraltar on May 9th

The World Jurist Association gladly informs our members of an upcoming event held by our friends at the Digital Currency Summit. The event titled, ¨Cryptocurrencies: Defining Future Regulation”, will be held on May 9th at the University of Gibraltar. The day´s affairs will include presentations from both a legal and economic perspective. The various speakers will explore the framework and potentiality of the application of distributed ledger technology in terms of future regulation and the distribution of goods.

Our members were kindly offered a discount if they wish to attend the event. If interested, please contact the World Jurist Association via email for more information and for the discount code.

Conference ‘Data Protection and Privacy: New Challenges for Companies’

eloyfotoThe Conference ‘Data Protection and Privacy: New Challenges for Companies’ organized by the Spanish Chapter of the World Jurist Association together with the Institut of Audit and IT Governance will take place at the Círculo del Liceo, Barcelona Opera  House’s private club, on 19th October, 2016.

Judge of the ‘Audiencia Nacional’ in Spain and expert in cybercrime, Eloy Velasco, will speak about corporate liability on data protection.

The conference will be supported by the Association of Computing Engineers of Catalonia (COEINF), the  Association of Telecommunication Engineers of Catalonia, and ISACA Barcelona, Association for the Control and Auditing of IT Systems.