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World Law Congress Madrid 2019

The World Law Congress

On February 19 – 20, 2019, the World Jurist Association made Madrid the World Jurist Capital during its XXVI Biennial Congress at Teatro Real. Presided by Franklin Hoet-Linares for the period 2017-2019, the WJA organized the World Law Congress under a renovated format ideated by Javier Cremades-García, President of the Organizing Commission and WJA Vice-President for Europe. This edition gathered together different guilts within the legal profession, serving the WJA as umbrella organization for Human Rights, notaries, constitutionalists, registrars, and religious organizations, among others, to co-organize the World Law Congress (WLC).

The presentation of the WJA World Peace & Liberty Award to H.M. King Felipe VI of Spain, in presence of H.M. Queen Letizia of Spain and H.E. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal, represented one of the most iconic activities of the World Law Congress Madrid 2019.  On February 20, a 1750-pax plenary at the main room of Teatro Real recognized His Majesty for his unwavering commitment to the Rule of Law and his defense to Democracy and Freedom. During the Ceremony, congratulation videos sent by President of Colombia, H.E. Iván Duque, and former President of East Timor and Peace Nobel Prize Winner 1996, José Ramos Horta, were presented before His Majesty.

A total of 2,300 jurists and personalities from around the world attended the World Law Congress Madrid 2019 and its Side-Events. Nearly 230 speakers of the highest level participated during this event, most of them within the 21 panels carried out on February 19, in 7 simultaneous rooms at Teatro Real. The deliberations performed this day resulted in The Declation of Madrid 2019. Furthermore, during the event, the new logo of the World Jurist Association was presented, resulting in a totally innovative branding. 

The decision of holding the WJA XXVI Biennial Congress in Madrid was taken during the WJA Board meeting held on May 4, 2018 in Munich, Germany. The task was given to Dr. Javier Cremades García, President of Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo Lawyers, who presided the Congress with Mr. Javier Solana Madariaga, former Secretary General of OTAN. The coordination of the program was performed by the Director of the WLC and former President of the Constitutional Court of Spain, Dr. Manuel Aragón Reyes. An Organizing Commision of prominent jurists from Spain and other countries, alone with the Co-Organizing institutions, made possible the execution of a magnificent event that made history within the WJA and, furthermore, in Spain.

For Spain, the Congress and the recognition to the democratic institutions through HM the King represented a reason of great pride and transcendence, as well as a unique opportunity to support the evolution of Spanish democracy and its stability, in the framework of the 40th anniversary of the Spanish Constitution. The event had great media impacts, heading all Spanish newspapers and TV news programs, as well as different media throughout the world.

Additional to the main activities at Teatro Real, the Congress included a Side-Event with the Presidents of the European Constitutional Courts on February 18 at the Madrid Bar Association, the celebration of an Ecumenic Act at the Almudena Cathedral with leaders of the main religions of the world on February 19, and the celebration of a WJA General Assambly and the World Law Day at the Malaga Bar Association on February 21.

Finally, and following the WJA tradition, during the WJA General Assembly in Malaga, Dr. Javier Cremades García (Spain), President of the Organizing Commision of the World Law Congress and WJA Vice President for Europe, was designated by the Elections Committee as the new Worldwide President of the World Jurist Association for the period 2019-2021. Additionally, Hon. Jus. Peter Umeadi (Nigeria) was elected as President of the World Association of Judges, Prof. Jesús Becerra (Venezuela-Spain) as President of the World Association of Law Professors, Dr. Javier Lara (Spain), as President of the World Association of Lawyers, and Sven Kohlmier (Germany) as President of the Business Associates Center.

You may visit www.worldlawcongress.com for further information on this fantastic event

New Officers Designated During the General Assembly in Malaga

Following the WJA tradition and By-Laws, a General Assembly of Members was celebrated during the Closing of the World Law Congress Madrid 2019. This time, all WJA members attending the Madrid conferences were taken to the beautiful city of Malaga, in the Spanish Costa del Sol.

The distinguished embers of the WJA Board of Directors, WJA members and international guests

First, WJA members were received by the Malaga City Mayor at the City Hall, during a lovely cocktail the previous night. Then, on February 21, the General Assembly was hosted by the Malaga Bar Association.

During the WJA General Assembly in Malaga, Dr. Javier Cremades García (Spain), President of the Organizing Commision of the World Law Congress Madrid 2019 and WJA Vice President for Europe, was designated by the Elections Committee as the new Worldwide President of the World Jurist Association for the period 2019-2021 (video). Through different networks, Dr. Cremades had actively cooperated with the World Jurist Association in previous events and was a speaker during the Biennial Congress in Aruba 2017. He was also recognized by our association with the World Jurist Award 2017. Javier is a distinguished Spanish lawyer, with a strong sense of fairness that has led him to defend Human Rights, political rights and minority share holders, among other areas of practice.

Dr. Javier Cremades, new WJA Worldwide President, being congratulated by the Malaga City Mayor, Francisco de la Torre, after receiving the WJA hammer from Past President Dr. Franklin Hoet

Furthermore, Hon. Jus. Peter Umeadi (Nigeria) was re-elected as President of the World Association of Judges. Peter is a longtime very active member of the WJA, has been the Regional President for Africa and the National President for Nigeria.

Prof. Dr. Jesús Becerra (Venezuela-Spain) was designated as President of the World Association of Law Professors. Born in venezuela, Jesús is currently a prominent lecturer of Criminal Law at the Pompeu Fabrá University in Barcelona, Spain, university from which he also obtained his doctorate.

The WJA General Assembly

On the other hand, Dr. Francisco Javier Lara Paláez (Spain), was appointed President of the World Association of Lawyers. Javier Lara is the Dean of the Malaga Bar Association and was an outstanding member of the Organizing Commission of the World Law Congress Madrid 2019.

Finally, Dr. Sven Kohlmier (Germany), was designated President of the Business Associates Center. Sven is member of the House of Representatives of Berlin for the third time. He is a spokesperson for legal issues, network policy and data protection for his group at the House of Representatives of Berlin.

Congratulations to all newly appointed WJA Officers!

WJA Munich IP Conference 2018

 

The WJA Munich Conference IP Protection & Trademark Rights was held on May 3 – 4 at the Courtyard® & Residence Inn® Munich East Hotel in Munich, Germany. The successful conference featured an array of high level interesting presentations and events. The Opening Ceremony begun with speeches from Dr. Alexander Löw, President of the Organizing Committee & President of the WJA for Europe & Germany; Dr. Franklin Hoet-Linares, WJA Worldwide President; Hon. Justice TAO Kaiyuan, WJA President for Asia & China; and Marc F-X Groebl, member of the Board of Directors of the Munich Bar Association.

First day sessions included:

  • Franklin Hoet Linares, Founding Partner at HPCD, on Multiple Protection Strategies in the Fashion Design Business in LATAM;
  • Brian Smith, Partner at Robinson & Cole, on US Copyright Protections;
  • Yann Meniere, Chief Economist at the European Patent Office, on The Economic Impact of the Unitary Patent;
  • Orlando Viera Blanco, President of the Canadian-Venezuelan Engagement Foundation, on the Impact of Counterfeiting and Illegitimate Markets in the Social, Economic and Institutional Field;
  • TAO Kaiyuan, Vice President of the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China, on the Reform and Development of Intellectual Property Protection of Chinese Courts;
  • WANG Chuang, Deputy Chief Judge of the 3rd Civil Division of the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China, on the Development of China’s Trademark Protection Rules and System;
  • JIANG Ying, Chief Judge of the 1st Trial Division of Beijing Intellectual Property Court of the People’s Republic of China, on the Practice and Prospect of the Intellectual Property Case Guidance System in China;
  • LING Song, Deputy Judge of the 1st Trial Division of Shanghai Intellectual Property Court of the People’s Republic of China, on the Promoting Judicial Protection of Scientific Innovation and Enhancing IP International Exchange against the Background of Globalization; and
  • HUANG Huihuan, Chief Judge of the Case-Filing Division of Guangzhou Intellectual Property Court of the People’s Republic of China, on Research on Market Value of IP & Key to the Difficulty of Determining Tort Damages Compensation.

The day closed with a moving Commemorative Ceremony held at the Munich Olympic Village near the Munich Massacre Monument in remembrance of the 11 Israeli Athletes and the German Police Officer murdered in 1972 during the Summer Olympic Games. The ceremony, greatly organized and produced by Adv. Yehoshua Nener, WJA Israel President, was initiated by Dr. Hoet and a prayer in the athletes’ memory recited by a Rabbi.

Adv. Nener delivered the opening speech, emphasizing that the world must unite against terrorism. Keynote Speaker, Hon. Jus. Miriam Naor, President (ret) of the Supreme Court of Israel, reviewed the events unfolding the act of terror, highlighting the unfortunate refusal of Germany to allow the Israeli Special Forces to release the hostages.

Following speeches were delivered by Mrs. Ankie Spitzer, widow of Andre Spitzer, athlete murdered during the massacre, and Mr. Yoram Domb, husband of Esther Roth-Shahamorov, surviving Israeli athlete. Other speakers included the Deputy Consul of Israel in Munich, Mr. Liran Sahar, Dr. Alexander Löw, and Dr. Franklin Hoet, who delivered his most moving message on behalf of the organization.

Through the videos screened behind the speakers, many of the participants were exposed for the first time to the details of the Munich Massacre. Attendees expressed how deeply moved they were and promised to transmit the indelible impression left by the ceremony to jurists and friends in their home countries.

Day two sessions included:

  • Miguel Domingo Vecchioni, Manager of the Team of Applied Mathematics and Natural Language Processing at the European Patent Office, on Patents in the 4th Industrial Revolution;
  • Jacint Soler-Padró, WJA Spain President, on the Internet Company’s Monopoly – A Risk to our Freedom?
  • Panagiotis Rigopoulos, Lawyer of the European & International Legal Affairs of the European Patent Office, on the Recent Developments at the EPO and the EPO as a Key Harmonization Driver;
  • Alexander Löw, President of Data-Warehouse GmbH, on Challenges of Small and Medium Enterprises in IP;
  • Jesús Becerra, Corporate Criminal Defense Attorney and Lecturer at the Universitat Pompeu Fabré Barcelona, on the Criminal Law Consequences of the Protection of Intellectual Property Through Self Help under Spanish Law; and
  • Ramón Soler-Padró, Partner at Soler-Padró v. Hohenlohe Engel, on the Impacts of Social Media on the Civil Society.

A vibrant Closing Ceremony was held at the traditional Bavarian restaurant Ratskeller of the Munich City Town Hall. Hon. Jus. Peter Umeadi, WJA President for Africa, honored the Closing Statement of the Conference. Typical Oktober Fest gifts were presented as well as beautiful presents from the Chinese delegation, and a Bavarian music and dance show delighted the WJA Global Council, members and participants, who even joined in for a dance.

The WJA greatly appreciates the participation of attendees from countries as far as Canada, USA, Latin America, Nigeria, Israel and China, among other countries. Furthermore, WJA is proud of and thankful with the Organizing Committee, Dr. Alexander Löw and family, Sven Kohlmeier, Alexandra Lohr, Carola Dirscherl, Yacky Rodríguez and all the Data-Warehouse Gmgh team, who worked very hard to put together such a successful and high-quality event.

Expectations now rely on the upcoming 26th Biennial Congress in Madrid, Spain, to be presided by H.M. the King of Spain in 2019, and on the next Conference to be organized by the WJA Israeli team, probably in Jerusalem, which would give us the opportunity to reunite with our friends from the Israeli Supreme Court and the unforgettable and hardworking WJA member Dr. Ethia Simha.

Note: Presentations will be soon available. Further information Dr. Alexander Löw, WJA President for Europe A.Loew@dwh.email. WJA members discount applies.

 

Photo Gallery

Alexander Löw & Sven Kohlmeier – WJA Germany

Welcoming the Nigerian Delegation

Welcoming the Chinese delegation

Alexander Löw, Tao Kaiyuan, Franklin Hoet & Yejoshua Nener

Welcoming participants from China, Israel & Venezuela

The Venezuelan delegation entering the Conference

Typical Bavarian Welcome Pack

Dr. Alexander Löw – Organizing Committee

Guests at the Conference Room

Dr. Franklin Hoet – WJA Worldwide President

Jus. TAO Kaiyuan – WJA President for Asia

Marc F-X Groebl – Board of Directors of the Munich Bar Association

Franklin Hoet

Brian Smith

Yann Meniere

Orlando Viera Blanco

Chinese Delegation

WJA members with Jus. Miriam Naor

Alberto Jurado and the WJA Germany Team

Jus. Tao Kaiyuan and Dr. Franklin Hoet

Setting of the Commemorative Ceremony

Setting of the Commemorative Ceremony

Yejoshua Nener – Israeli Commemorative Ceremony Organizer

Rabbi at the Commemorative Ceremony

Alexander Löw – Commemorative Ceremony

Commemorative Ceremony Guests

Alexander Löw – Commemorative Ceremony

Jus. Miriam Naor – Commemorative Ceremony

WJA Members at the Commemorative Ceremony

WJA Officials with Israeli Hon. Jus. (ret) Miriam Naor

Network Meeting Area

Miguel D. Vecchioni

Jacint Soler Padro

Conference Room

Panagiotis Rigopoulus

Nigerian Delegation and speakers

Jesús Becerra

Ramón Soler-Padró

Attendees with their Certificates

Orlando Viera, Jesús Becerra & Alberto Jurado

Jus. Peter Umeadi, WJA President for Africa – Closing Ceremony

Bavarian music & dance performance – Closing Ceremony

Bavarian music & dance performance – Closing Ceremony

Dr. Hoet & Jus. Kaiyuan – Closing Ceremony

Bavarian performance -Closing Ceremony

WJA Awards

Since 1965, Charles Rhine, founding president of the World Peace Through Law Center, today World Jurist Association, 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.

Madrid, 2019