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Weeramantry to lecture on emerging dimensions of sovereignty

C.G. Weeramantry former Judge and Vice President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will deliver a lecture on "the History of the Peace Movement and Emerging Dimensions of the Concept of Sovereignty" at committee room A of the BMICH Colombo on Tuesday July 15 at 5.30 p.m.

This lecture is part of a felicitation organised for him by the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies.

A photograph of Justic Weeramantry presiding over the lockerbie case at the ICJ will also be unveiled and presented to the BCIS at this ceremony while a felicitation souvenir will also be presented to Justice Weeramantry by the BCIS.

A BCIS news release said this felicitation ceremony has been organised in recognition of Justic Weeramantry's, immense contribution towards enhancing the image and reputation of Sri Lanka abroad through his judgements, extensive writings and speeches on various aspects of international law, human rights and comparative jurisprudence.

C.G. Weeramantry was a judge of the International Court of Justice from 1991 to 2000, and was Vice-President of the Court from 1997 to 2000. Prior to joining the Court, Judge weeramantry was a Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, a Professor of Law in Australia and chairman of the Commission of Inquiry which probed international responsibility for phosphate mining on the island of Nauru.

His judgements, seeking to advance the frontiers of international law and to make it more multi-cultural and future oriented have made a profound impact on the content and direction of international law.

Justice Weeramantry has written extensively on international law, Islamic Jurisprudence, human rights, apartheid, the impact of the world's religions on law and human rights, the impact of technology on human rights, xeno transplantation, law of contracts, third world legal problems and the philosophy of law. He has an LL.D from the University of London and the LL.D (honoris causa) from the University of Colombo and the University of London. He has held visiting Professorship and academic appointments at the Universities of Tokyo, Stellenbosch, Papua New Guinea, Florida, Pennsylvania and Hong Kong.

In this lecture, he will address the religious and philosophical bases of the peace movement and point to the need for greater awareness of its history and potential, especially at a time when its basic tenets have been disregarded and there has been a resort to unilateral military actions. He will stress on why peace education is a vital need and how every effort must be made to introduce such studies into educational curricula.

He will also speak on the concept of Sovereignty where it needs to be reconsidered and revised in the direction of universalism and the furtherance of the collective interest of the community of nations.

He will examine why, if humanity is to survive, the concept must move in the direction of universalism and also how this may be achieved.

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