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The WJA in History: Charles Rhyne and the proclamation of the US Day on May 1

The Law Day is celebrated in the United States since May 1, 1958, when President Eisenhower proclaimed this date to honor the importance of the law in the creation of the United States.

The idea originated in 1957 when Charles Rhyne, founder of the World Jurist Association and then president of the American Bar Association, envisioned a special day to celebrate America’s legal system. Since Labor Day on May 1 had communist connotations for many Americans, as it celebrated the working people as the ruling class in the Soviet Union, Rhyne proposed celebrating the Law Day instead.

The origins of this day can be traced back to Wewoka, Oklahoma, where attorney Hicks Epton, along with the Seminole County Bar Association, initiated it with the “Know Your Courts, Know Your Freedoms” program on May 1, 1946. Later, in 1954, the celebrations known as Law Day gained national recognition within the legal community.

Charles Rhyne escalated the idea in 1958 and proposed it to President Eisenhower’s cabinet. And, although the proposal was shelved, on May 1 that year, Rhyne commented it directly to the US President, who agreed with it and made the first presidential proclamation of Law Day that same day.

Since 1958, every president of the United States of America has issued an annual Law Day proclamation. This date, according to the American Bar Association, is “a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law, highlighting how the law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms shared by all Americans.” A date that in many parts of the world inspires devotion to the rights of the working classes to participate in government, the Law Day asks Americans to focus on the rights of all Americans, as set forth in the foundational documents of American democracy: the Declaration of Independence and the Federal Constitution.

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/

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”.

 

 

The President of the Constitutional Court of Spain chaired meeting of the Spanish legal profession for the World Law Congress 2021

>> The meeting was attended by the Minister of Justice of Spain, the Colombian Ambassador to Spain, the former president and current judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Eduardo Ferrer, and the 50 most important law firms with presence in Spain

The Madrid Bar Association (ICAM) hosted a lunch with representatives of legal institutions and law firms convened by the World Jurist Association (WJA). During such, the program of the Opening Session Bogotá-Madrid of the World Law Congress Colombia 2021 was presented, which will be held during July 5 and 6 in Madrid. This lunch was attended by the President of the Constitutional Court of Spain, Juan José González Rivas, the Minister of Justice of Spain, Juan Carlos Campo, the Colombian Ambassador to Spain, Luis Guillermo Plata, the judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor, the president of the General Council of Spanish Lawyers, Victoria Ortega, the dean of ICAM, José María Alonso, and the vice president of the Mutual Fund for Lawyers, Joaquín García-Romanillos.

During the opening speech, José María Alonso acknowledged that the hosting of this event is “a joint project to promote the Spanish and Ibero-American legal world beyond our borders.” The Dean pointed out the importance of “being aware of our potential and to act in unison.” In this sense, he welcomed initiatives such as those of the World Jurist Association, “which has the objective of reinforcing and enlarging our presence in the world, as well as being a collective, supportive and inclusive project.”

For his part, Javier Cremades, president of the WJA, underlined the association’s special defense of the rule of law and explained that in the world “there are profound processes of distortion and falsification of the rule of law within our democracies; alerts that exist in many countries and show that the rule of law must be taken care of so that more and more people take shelter under it”, recalling “the need for life to occur under the rule of the law ”.

Let us remember that the World Law Congress brings together prestigious presidents of courts, magistrates, government officials, academics, lawyers, students and legal professionals from around the world, who discuss defense issues of the rule of law as a warrantor of freedom. The last edition, held in Madrid in 2019, brought together more than 2,000 jurists, a framework in which the WJA awarded King Felipe VI with the World Peace & Liberty Award.

The next edition of the World Law Congress, which will be held in Colombia, on December 2 and 3, 2021, has held Opening Sessions from different cities around the world over the course of a year, with the Opening Session Bogotá-Madrid being the most powerful of all, as an allegory to the delivery of the witness from one country to the other.

Ambassador Luis Guillermo Plata expressed the suitability of holding the Congress at a time like the one Colombia is going through. He highlighted the values ​​promoted by this event and the message it conveys, since “Colombia is a country where we must talk about freedom, democracy and rights, but all within the framework of the law.”

The Minister of Justice of Spain, who participated in the inauguration of the opening sessions in Barcelona in July 2020, congratulated the World Jurist Association for having references from the international legal sphere, and has recognized that this event “represents an extraordinary opportunity to strengthen international legal cooperation”.

For his part, the president of the Constitutional Court of Spain expressed his wish that the celebration of the Opening Session Bogotá-Madrid and the congress in Colombia “be moments of deepening on the values ​​of the rule of law.”

Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor, Judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Trustee of the World Law Foundation and member of its Organizing Committee, presented the content of the Opening Session Bogotá-Madrid program. On July 5, he highlighted the holding of an unprecedented panel discussion on gender equality and the rule of law, made up by presidents and judges of the world’s most important supranational courts, who will meet for the first time in history. Similarly, tribute will be paid to the recently deceased Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the last recipient of the World Peace & Liberty Award in 2020, and the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Medals of Honor. Ginsburg of the WJA to the world’s leading women jurists will be presented in her honor.

For its part, on July 6 there will be a summit of presidents of the supreme and constitutional courts of Europe and the Americas, which will also have presidents of different institutions related to the Judiciary and the presidents of the bars of the Mexican legal profession, with aim to discuss the rule of law.

Al finalizar el acto se entregaron placas conmemorativas a José María Alonso , Decano del ICAM, Luis de Carlos , Patrono de la World Law Foundation y Presidente de Uría Menéndez, Pedro Pérez Llorca ¸ Socio Director de Pérez-Llorca, Carlos Rueda , Socio Director de Gómez-Acebo y Pombo, y Fernando Bautista , Socio Director de Bautista & Asociados. Un reconocimiento a su permanente y necesaria colaboración con el éxito del World Law Congress Madrid 2019.

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

 

Other Media Sources in Spanish:

https://www.hola.com/sociedad/20180312121483/javier-cremades-nombrado-jurista-ano-asociacion-mundial-juristas/

https://www.cambio16.com/actualidad/javier-cremades-jurista-ano/

https://www.diariosur.es/malaga-capital/justicia-jueces-abogados-20180313163913-nt.html

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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