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The World Law Congress in Germany: Rule of Law as a Universal Principle

The World Jurist Association (WJA) celebrated the Opening Session Regensburg “Rule of Law as a Universal Principle” in which the conception and perception of this concept from different countries were analyzed and shared. Leading academic jurists from Germany, Slovakia, Japan, Peru and Romania gathered to give their vision of the Rule of Law.

Diego Solana, program coordinator of the World Law Congress Colombia 2021, opened the meeting stating that “the rule of law is the best safeguard against tyranny, dictatorship and arbitrariness”. As moderator of the debate, Rainer Arnold, professor at the University of Regensburg, acknowledged that “public authorities are bound to the rule of law, and a State can only be a real democracy if it is governed by the law”. He further stated that the rule of law “promotes constitutional justice and implies a universal value”, adding that “freedom, by nature, is linked to human dignity, and the restriction of freedoms must be an exception that requires legitimization”.

For her part, Simina Tanasescu, professor at the University of Bucharest and judge of the Constitutional Court of Romania, referred to the citizens: “we must not forget that the rule of law does not only mean separation of powers, but above all it refers to the human being, their dignity and the fundamental rights they have”. She stressed that “as long as we have this as our main focus, we will be able to overcome the bad intentions against the rule of law”.

On the balance of powers, César Landa, trustee of the World Law Foundation and professor at the Pontifical University of Peru, stressed the “need to exercise the control of powers between the government and the opposition” and explained the situation in his country: in Peru, “this control has shown the need for an update of the Constitution, given the exhaustion of its political and socioeconomic model, as shown by the four changes of president in five years”. He also pointed out that “democracy must exist with the support of law, and there are no rights without democracy”.

Continuing with the independence of powers, Milan Kristof, référendaire at the Court of Justice of the European Union, pointed out that “the council of the judiciary can constitute a safeguard for legal independence, being independent of the legislature and also of the executive”. In this regard, he stressed that “when the Court of Justice finds a breach of obligations, the Member State of the European Union concerned must take the necessary measures to rectify the situation”.

Japanese professor Hiroshi OTSU, from the University of Meji – Tokyo, explained what is happening in Japan, where they are witnessing “the emergence of a new rule of law that involves a dialogue between the national and local legislative power, as well as between the regulatory authority and the regulated parties”.

This was the fourteenth opening session of the upcoming World Law Congress. The in-person event will be held in Barranquilla, Colombia, on December 2 and 3. For in-person and online registration to the World Law Congress Colombia 2021 visit www.worldlawcongress.com. 

 

 

Barranquilla will become the world law capital with the celebration of the World Law Congress Colombia 2021

The World Jurist Association (WJA) has presented, along with the Ministry of Justice and Law of Colombia, and the Mayor’s Office of Barranquilla, the World Law Congress Colombia 2021 that will be held on December 2 and 3 at the Puerta de Oro Centre, in Barranquilla. Thus, La Arenosa will become the world law capital during the two days that the congress takes place, where heads of State are summoned, such as Iván Duque and Felipe VI, King of Spain, presidents and judges of high and international courts, general prosecutors and representatives of international organizations; as well as academics, lawyers, businessmen, human rights activists and law students from all continents.

The program will focus on promoting the rule of law as an instrument for the development of nations, offering a comprehensive vision of current issues that concern humanity and on which the law and justice world must respond. Among the aspects to be debated are the analysis of the responses of the States to the pandemic, cybersecurity and digitization, judicial independence and the current migratory crises, among others. The more than 35 Round tables that will make up the content of the congress will integrate the vision of notorious jurists, businessmen, representatives of Colombian and international institutions, communicators and students, who support the sustainable development of humanity, and coexistence in democracy and freedom.

During the second day, the World Peace & Liberty Award will be granted to the Colombian civil society and democracy, the longest in Latin America, for their defense, strengthening and promotion of Rule of Law over vicissitudes, and will have the participation of the President of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez, King Felipe VI of Spain and the former presidents of Colombia Álvaro Uribe Velez, Ernesto Samper, and Andrés Pastrana, who have confirmed their attendance. In the 2020 edition, this award, considered the Nobel Prize for Law, was awarded to the recently deceased Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and in previous editions to personalities such as Sir Winston Churchill, René Cassin, Nelson Mandela and King Felipe VI of Spain. An award that all of them have received for their indisputable commitment to the rule of law and the defense of democracy and freedom.

The president of the WJA, Javier Cremades, has recognized that “we chose Colombia as host to this congress because, despite the difficulties it has faced, Colombian society has always supported living in democracy and, furthermore, the country has become the perfect setting coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the Colombian constitution and the 200th anniversary of the constitution of Cucuta”. Mr. Cremades has invited Colombian lawyers, academics, businessmen, and law students from around the world “to attend this extraordinary event that is coming to Colombia for the first time.”

Along these lines, the Minister of Justice and Law, Wilson Ruiz Orejuela, has mentioned that “for the National Government this designation is a tribute and recognition to the daily and tireless efforts made by the State and the Colombian people, strengthening the principles of the Social State of Law and guaranteeing the freedom of citizens, order and peace within the framework of the democratic system that governs us”.

For her part, María Eugenia Gay, president of the Spanish chapter of the WJA, has ensured that the exchange of ideas, reflective analysis and the practice of a constructive dialogue shielding us from prejudices and polarization, constitute today a virtue that we must procure; the World Law Congress being, precisely, an opportunity for understanding that brings together the most prominent personalities from the world of Law, Politics and Diplomacy.

Finally, the mayor of Barranquilla, Jaime Pumarejo Heins, stressed that “Barranquilla will be the world epicenter of Law, a setting where the conversation about democracy and peace is re-established through the rule of law, protecting those who do not use their strength and power of communication to prevail. From here, important points will be debated on the preservation of freedom and how to face the challenge of continuing to build solid democracies that are increasingly in tune with the needs of today’s world. We celebrate this vote of confidence in the city and the country, and for that we have been preparing in recent years, which will also generate employment, opportunities and quality of life for Barranquilla residents within the framework of the successful process of economic reactivation that we currently lead at the national level ”.

 

The presentation of the congress has been covered in different media and you can here see what has been said about the most important legal event at an international level:

 

NTN24: https://youtu.be/Dz4KYQHgiAI

RCN news: https://youtu.be/quwU5XwFOKk

Telecaribe: https://youtu.be/llrBEswXD58

 

You can consult the program and make the attendance record by accessing through this link: https://worldlawcongress.com/

The World Jurist Association signs a collaboration agreement with the International Association of Lawyers

The World Jurist Association (WJA) and the International Association of Lawyers (UIA) have signed a collaboration agreement and have done so within the framework of the UIA congress that took place in Madrid on the 28th, 29th and 30th of October.

During its development, Javier Cremades, president of the WJA, received the medal of honor from the UIA awarded by its president, Jorge Martí Moreno. In his speech, Mr. Cremades thanked the recognition and invited all attendees to travel to Barranquilla to attend the World Law Congress Colombia 2021, which will take place on the 2nd and 3rd of December, 2021, involving “the celebration of the Rule of Law”.

The congress, which has become the largest international legal event, celebrates its 27th edition this year, under the name “Rule of Law: development for nations”. It will bring together more than 250 panelists who will pay tribute to Colombian democracy, which will be awarded with the World Peace & Liberty Award, being the first time that this recognition is awarded collectively.

The more than 35 roundtables will focus on current issues such as artificial intelligence, climate change and the role of women in law. Ultimately, the program will focus on promoting the rule of law as an instrument for the development of nations, offering a comprehensive vision of current issues that concern humanity and on which the world of law and justice must respond.

You can consult the program, as well as make the attendance registration by accessing the website through this link: https://worldlawcongress.com/

Opening Session Andean Community: Perspectives and institutional challenges of Andean Community Law

The World Jurist Association (WJA) has held a new opening session, the 15th on this new format of the World Law Congress 2021, which in this 27th edition has become an outgoing congress, with the celebration of these meetings prior to its celebration on December 2 and 3 in Barranquilla.

 

“Perspectives and institutional challenges of Andean Community Law” is the title given to this opening session in which the leading role has fallen on the Andean Community (CAN), a political community of law constituted as an international organization made up of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia.

 

Marcelo Vazquez, General Coordinator of Legal Counsel in the Ministry of Foreign Relations and Human Mobility of the Republic of Ecuador, has highlighted the “integrationist vocation and consecrated to the highest regulatory level” presented by the Andean Community, and has recognized that this “is the mechanism of stronger integration of the region and an exemplary project that has known how to adapt, evolve and grow”.

 

For his part, Jorge Hernando Pedraza, general secretary of the Andean Community, has praised its objective: “we were born for the greatest of services, which is to seek life quality for humans”, and stressed that “today more than ever we have a dynamic and modern community, efficient and close to the citizen”.

 

On behalf of the World Jurist Association, Diego Solana, coordinator of the World Law Congress program, has invited the participants of this opening session to celebrate in Barranquilla “the great festival of law” and has praised the objective of the World Jurist Association, which is to “guarantee peace through law” because, he asserts, “without law there can be neither peace nor freedom”.

 

During this day the discussion on “perspectives and institutional challenges of the Andean Community Law” was held, which has had delegates from the member countries of the Andean Community in the dispute settlement group and whose debate has been moderated by Dr. Ricardo Schembri Carrasquilla, head of the CAN legal service. Subsequently, the round table of lawyers and practitioners of the CAN legal service took place in the “Evolution of Andean community law in the face of the dispute settlement system.”

 

The closing of the act has been carried out by the Minister of Justice and Law of Colombia, Wilson Ruiz Orejuela, who has shown pride “in how the community has overcome the ravages of the pandemic, motivated by our common culture.” Picking up the words of the previous speakers, the minister stressed that “it can be shown that through integration, evolutionary processes that have a positive impact on human relations in our region are channeled”. And regarding the congress, he added that “the roundtables will respond with innovative proposals to the legal needs against abuses of the law.”

 

This has been the fifteenth day of the series of opening sessions prior to the World Law Congress that will be held in Barranquilla (Colombia) on December 2 and 3, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the Colombian constitution. Through the projection of an institutional video, the president of the host country, Iván Duque, has pledged to “continue promoting the strength of the rule of law as fertile ground to allow the growth and well-being, development and freedom of citizens”. And has assured that “we will continue working to build a better future for all based on the strength and guarantees of the rule of law”.

 

 

Madrid becomes, once again, the World Jurist capital

The World Jurist Association (WJA) and the World Law Foundation (WLF) will once again position Madrid as the capital of law with the celebration, during July 5 and 6, of an international meeting of jurists that will be attended by the world elite of law.

These two days are included in the Madrid-Bogotá opening session as a prelude to the celebration of the World Law Congress Colombia 2021 and as a continuation of the previous sessions that have been held since last July and that will continue to be held until the celebration of the World Congress of Law in Colombia on December 2 and 3, 2021.

The acts of the first day will count with the presence of King Felipe VI of Spain and Iván Duque, President of Colombia. During this day, the international tribute to the recently deceased Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for her commendable defense of gender equality and civil rights throughout her life are recognized.

For the World Jurist Association, Ginsburg has been a visionary and strategic leader in ensuring that equality, fairness and the rule of law are not left in the theoretical realm, but rather positively impact social institutions and the lives of people. The Judge was the first woman to receive the World Peace & Liberty Award, an award given by the WJA,  considered to be the Nobel Prize for Law. This recognition was previously received by King Felipe VI during the World Law Congress 2019, and was also awarded to Winston Churchill, René Cassin and Nelson Mandela.

As part of the tribute to the Justice, the tribute “Mother, jurist and myth: I knew Ruth Bader Ginsburg”, the round table “Equality and the Rule of Law: contributions from international tribunals”, a panel that will bring together representatives of the most important supranational courts in the world for the first time in history. Similarly, in association with Jane Ginsburg, Professor at Columbia and daughter of the honoree, the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Medals of Honor will be awarded to eight renowned women jurists who have promoted gender equality during their careers, this year’s winners being: Christine Lagarde, Gillian Triggs, Luz Ibáñez, Maite Oronoz, Navi Pillay, Rosario Silva Lapuerta, Sujata Manohar and Young Hye Kim.

During the second day, the International Summit on the Rule of Law will be held, which will house presidents of supreme and constitutional courts of different countries, and prominent international jurists, who will discuss current issues on various discussion panels: “COVID regulations and their effect on citizens”, “5G: privacy and cybersecurity”, “Rule of Law in the XXI century”, “Independence of the judiciary in Europe and the Americas”, “Rule of Law in Mexico  and “Fake News and the Seizure of Newspapers: El Nacional Case”.

In this framework, the World Law Congress 2021 will be officially presented, which will pave the way to Colombia as the world capital of law. In the words of Javier Cremades, president of the WJA and the WLF, “our objective is to promote awareness of the importance of the rule of law in society and that is why we will continue to hold these events, in order to transmit our premise”.

Photos from Opening Session Madrid – World Law Congress Colombia 2021

(July 5-6, 2021)


Opening Session Madrid, 5th of July

Opening Session Madrid, 6th of July

WORLD LAW CONGRESS COLOMBIA 2021

WORLD LAW CONGRESS COLOMBIA 2021
Program: Opening Session Madrid
July 5-6, 2021
Casa América – Plaza Cibeles


MAIN EVENT: WORLD LAW CONGRESS COLOMBIA 2021

Thu, Dec 2 2021, 8:00 – Fri, Dec 3 2021, 12:30 Colombian Standard Time

Puerta de Oro Caribbean Convention Center, Track 40 # 79B – 06, Barranquilla, Atlantic, Colombia

About this event

RULE OF LAW: DEVELOPMENT FOR THE NATIONS.

This congregation of the most prominent jurists in the world during the World Law Congress Colombia 2021 aims to be a recognition from the international legal community of Colombia’s unwavering commitment to the defense, strengthening and promotion of the rule of law.

Likewise, on the occasion of this international congress, we will make a special recognition of an outstanding personality or group committed to Peace through Law. In past opportunities, the WJA has awarded personalities such as Sir Winston Churchill, René Cassin, Nelson Mandela, the King of Spain Felipe VI, and Justice Ruth B. Ginsburg, a distinguished member of the Supreme Court of the United States. All of them have demonstrated their indisputable commitment to the Rule of Law and the defense of Democracy and Freedom.

On the other hand, the program will focus on promoting the Rule of Law as an Instrument for the Development of Nations, offering a comprehensive vision of the major issues that concern humanity and on which the world of Law and Justice must respond. These are themes that converge with the objectives of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and prosperity through sustainable development. The program will integrate the vision of noteworthy Colombian and international jurists, companies and institutions that support the progress of humanity, coexistence in democracy and freedom.

For Colombia, the Congress will be a source of great pride and significance, as well as a unique opportunity to support the stability of its democracy and promote Peace through Law.