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Judge C.G Weeramantry's memoirs

The well renowned Judge C.G.  Weeramantry from Sri Lanka has recently published his memoir, in which he included words of the Earth Charter Preamble in its first pages.  The launch took place on November 24, 2010 in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankabhimanya Christopher Gregory Weeramantry (born 17 November 1926 in Colombo, Sri Lanka) was a Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka from 1967 to 1972. He was a Judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) from 1991 to 2000, and was Vice-President of the ICJ from 1997 to 2000. He presided in his capacity as Vice-President of the ICJ over several important cases before the Court, including a case on the illegality of the use and threatened use of nuclear weapons. Judge Weeramantry serves on the Legal and Human Rights Advisory Board of the Genetics Policy Institute. He is currently Emeritus Professor at Monash University, having previously served as Sir Hayden Starke’s Chair of Law from 1972 to 1991. Furthermore he is the president of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms. In addition C.G. Weeramantry is a councillor of the World Future Council. 

This will be a limited edition of the first of two volumes which discusses the Sri Lankan years and the second will deal with the international years.

As a very respected citizen of Sri Lanka, this launch was an important event in Sri Lanka and also, therefore this was closely followed by the press, find here two articles:

1) Judge C. G. Weeramantry’s Memoirs. Towards One World: The Sri Lankan Years .  Island

2)  An impossibly distinguished gentleman.   Sunday Times

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Public endorsement to the Earth Charter in Sri Lanka

The Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education and Research has embraced the Earth Charter and is using it as part of its activities. During the Training for Trusteeship 2010 workshop they organized this year, which is a multi-disciplinary forum and brings together young leaders from various backgrounds,  the Earth Charter was presented and discussed, as a result the Earth Charter was endorsed by ninety-six people from Sri Lanka.

Amongst those who endorsed include Judge C.G. Weeramantry, Founder, WICPER and Former Vice-President, International Court Justice, The Hague, Mr. G.E. Chitty, Former UN Assistant Secretary General, First Registrar of the UN Tribunal for the Law of Sea, Hamburg and Member, Board of Trustees, WICPER, Professor Lakshman Guruswamy, Director & Nicholas Doman Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School, USA and Member, Board of Advisors WICPER, Mr. R.P. Perera, Secretary General, UNESCO Sri Lanka, Dr. Ranjith Mahindapala, Country Representative IUCN Sri Lanka and Neshan Gunasekera, Attorney at Law, Director Training for Trusteeship Workshops, South Asia Office of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA).

Find here a full report of this endorsement and the names of the endorsees.

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New ECI Affiliate from Sri Lanka

ECI Secretariat is happy to announce that Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education and Research (WICPER), from Sri Lanka, is now an ECI Affiliate.  Both parties signed the MoU on August 30th 2010, this agreement gives support to the numerous of possibilities for collaboration.

WICPER has already started to use the Earth Charter in one of their renowned courses called:  Training for Trusteeship.

Find more information about WICPER at their website:

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