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Medal-of-Honor

Spanish Diplomat Jesús Silva receives the Medal of Honor of the World Jurist Association

The WJA recognizes his work in the defense of freedom, the rule of law, and democracy. The WJA Medal of Honor was presented by Javier Cremades, President of the WJA, during the Oslo Freedom Forum, which is being held in the Norwegian capital from May 23 to 25.

The World Jurist Association (WJA) has awarded its Medal of Honor to Spanish diplomat Jesús Silva, current Consul General of Spain in Cape Town, South Africa, former Ambassador of Spain to Venezuela, Panama and Jamaica. The diplomat’s work in the Spanish delegation in Venezuela, from March 2017 to November 2020, has merited him this award, for his career as ambassador and for having defended the values professed by the WJA, particularly his defense of the rule of law and human dignity in the face of abuses of power.

Silva’s time in Caracas was very turbulent and delicate. Since his arrival, the embassy was the seat of secret negotiations between Chavismo and the Venezuelan opposition. It was also a center of courageous defense of human rights, especially of political prisoners with Spanish nationality. After the presidential elections of May 2018, considered fraudulent, chavismo maintained control of the territory and the government in Venezuela, but without the recognition of the European Union and other countries of the world. For its part, the opposition, represented by Juan Guaidó, recognized as President in charge by the United States, the European Union and numerous free countries, maintained moral authority. In the midst of this scenario, the Spanish government granted shelter in the residence of the Spanish Ambassador in Caracas, as a guest, to the Venezuelan prisoner of conscience and activist, Leopoldo López, one of the main opponents of Nicolas Maduro’s regime.

Ambassador Silva’s work, maintaining the balance to preserve diplomatic relations between both nations and at the same time defending the values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law, was a very delicate task. A true example and reference of the usefulness and validity of contemporary diplomacy. For this reason, in the words of Javier Cremades, president of the World Jurist Association: “We recognize in him his courageous defense of the values of freedom, as well as human rights and democracy in extreme circumstances, during his responsibility as ambassador of Spain in Venezuela. Silva connects with the best tradition of Spanish diplomats who were able to take risks to protect the life and dignity of people. In different circumstances, people like him, or like Ángel Sainz Briz, show us that when a profession is exercised with purpose, the world becomes a more livable place, even in circumstances as dramatic as those experienced today by the Venezuelan people, deprived of their democratic rights and the values of the rule of law”.

For his part, Venezuelan leader Leopoldo López noted that he was “witness to how Ambassador Silva assumed a permanent line of defense of political prisoners, of their human rights, and the accompaniment of their families”.

The award ceremony took place within the framework of the Oslo Freedom Forum, organized by the Human Rights Foundation, a series of conferences that brings together distinguished personalities from around the world, activists and victims of authoritarian regimes, all committed to human rights, who are meeting from May 23 to 25 in Oslo.

Medal-of-Honor

 

 

At WLF we are more than 50 Trustees & Advisors!

In its third year of operations, the World Law Foundation counts on more than 50 members of the Board of Trustees and the Advisory Board, all aligned to achieving the same objective: to promote the Rule of Law throughout the World. Distinguished personalities from all around the world have been collaborating in the governance and administration of our Foundation, created to also support the tasks carried out for almost 60 years by the World Jurist Association, including the World Law Congress, and the granting of the World Peace & Liberty Award and the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Medals of Honor, and other events and campaigns to promote Peace Through Law.

The Foundation is committed to promoting and disseminating respect for the law as instrument for the defense of world peace in international relations between States and Regions.

To date, the members of the World Law Foundation Board of Trustees are:

President: Javier Cremades, Spain, President of World Law Foundation.

Vice-President: Viviane Reding, Luxembourg, former Vice-President of the European Commission.

  • Alfredo Barnechea, Peru, writer, journalist, and politician.
  • Alfredo Dagnino, Spain, Secretary General to the World Law Foundation Board of Trustees.
  • Andrés Cardó, Peru, President of Andrés Cardó & Asociados and former Managing Director of Prisa Radio & Cadena SER.
  • Antonio Navalón, Spain, Journalist.
  • Antonio Poncioni Merian, Portugal, Senior Advisor at Lazard.
  • Baltasar Garzón, Spain, President of Baltasar Garzón International Foundation.
  • Carlos Ayala Corao, Venezuela, Vice-President of the International Commission of Jurists.
  • Carlos de la Mata Gorostizaga, General Counsel at Crowe Madrid.
  • César Rodrigo Landa, Peru, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and former president of the Constitutional Court.
  • Christina Blacklaws, United Kingdom, Non-Executive Director to Ogier.
  • Danilo Türk, Slovenia, former President of Slovenia.
  • David Hatchwell Altaras, Spain, President of Fundación Hispanojudía.
  • Dita Charanzová, Czech Republic, Vice-President of the European Parliament.
  • Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor, Mexico, Judge and former President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
  • Elisabeth Cassin, France, President of the Group Spectrum Office at Orange.
  • Enrique Iglesias García, Uruguay, Former Secretary General of Ibero-American General Secretariat.
  • Hachem Boulos, Lebanon, Partner of Boulos Law Office.
  • Hanna Sochocka, Poland, former Prime Minister of Poland.
  • Hilarie Bass, USA, Past President of American Bar Association, and Founder of the Bass Institute for Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Humberto Romero-Muci, Venezuela, President of the Academy of Political and Social Sciences of Venezuela.
  • Íñigo Sagardoy, Spain, Chairman of Sagardoy Abogados.
  • James Black II, USA, Counsel of Silverman Acampora NYC, and Vice-President of the World Jurist Association.
  • Joao Caiado Guerreiro, Partner at Caiado Guerreiro.
  • Jorge Neri Bonilla, Venezuela, CEO of EIG Multimedia Group and Editor of Cambio16.
  • José Ángel Martínez Sanchiz, Spain, President of the General Council of Notaries.
  • José Igreja Matos, Portugal, President of the International Association of Judges.
  • Juan Domingo Alfonzo, Venezuela, Partner at Torres Plaza Araujo.
  • Juan Gonzalo Ospina, Colombia-Spain, President of Ospina Abogados.
  • Juan Pablo Gallego, Argentina, President of Gallego Abogados.
  • Karen Longaric, Bolivia, former Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Karlos Navarro, Nicaragua, President of the Academy of Jurisprudence of Nicaragua.
  • Katharina Miller, Germany, President of European Women Lawyer Association.
  • Manuel Aragón Reyes, Spain, Emeritus Judge of the Spanish Constitutional Court, and Academic Director of the World Law Congress.
  • Manuel Valls, France-Spain, Councilor in Barcelona, former Prime Minister of France.
  • Marcelo Montero Iglesis, Chile, Partner at Budasis.
  • María Dolores de Cospedal, Spain, former Minister of Defense.
  • María Eugenia Gay, Spain, Delegate of the Spanish Government in Catalonia, Dean of the Barcelona Bar Association.
  • Milton Ray Guevara, Dominican Republic Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court.
  • Nicolas de Santis, Italy, Tech Entrepreneur & CEO of Corporate Vision.
  • Nuno Ataide Das Neves, Portugal, Judge at the Oporto Court of Appel.
  • Salvador Cerón, Mexico, Executive President at STF Consulting Group.
  • Santiago Solines, Ecuador, Partner at Solines & Asociados.
  • Ulises Fernández Rojas, Colombia, Partner HFS Abogados, and Partner at Borbón & Associates.
  • Vaira Vike-Frieberga, Latvia, former President of Latvia.

The members of the Advisory Board are:

  • Alexandru Tanase, Moldova, former Minister of Justice, and former President of the Constitutional Court.
  • Bertrand Mathieu, France, Professor University Paris I, Panthéon Sorbonne, and member of the State Council.
  • Elena-Simina Tănăsescu, Romania, Judge at the Constitutional Court.
  • Marcelo Figueiredo, Brazil, Vice-President of the International Association of Constitutional Law.
  • Mathieu Disant, France, Professor Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne University, and Director of CERCRID.
  • Micrea Criste, Romania, Deputy Ombudsman.
  • Rainer Arnold, Germany, Professor of Public Law at the University of Regensburg.
  • Toma Birmontiene, Lithuania, Professor, Former Judge of the Constitutional Court.
  • Zaza Tavadze, Georgia, President of the Constitutional Court.

 

 

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”.

 

 

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.