Justice Weeramantry Passes Away

Justice Weeramantry Passes Away
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Sri Lankabhimanya Christopher Gregory Weeramantry, , former Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and former Vice-President of the International Court of Justice, has passed away at the age of 90.

Justice C.G. Weeramantry was educated at the Royal College Colombo, where he was a senior prefect, editor of the Royal College Magazine, Chairman Senior Literary Association and won many class and school prizes as well as the Governor’s Scholarship, Principal’s Prize and the Empire Essay Prize for 1943 awarded by the Royal Empire Society.

He gained a BA (Hons.) from the newly established University of Ceylon and went on to gain a LL.B and a LLD from King’s College London. After completing the law exams at the Colombo Law College, he took oaths as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Ceylon in 1948.

He served as a Judge 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, serving as its Vice-President from 1997 to 2000.

He has written over twenty books and lectured extensively on these topics in over forty countries.  Weeramantry also served as an Emeritus Professor at Monash University in Australia and was the President of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA).  He taught international law and human rights and has written several works on those subjects and on comparative law.

The Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education and Research (WICPER) is based on Weeramantry’s philosophy and has his vast corpus of research and writing as an informational base from which to develop its programmes.  Judge Weeramantry received the UNESCO Peace Education Prize 2006 in recognition of his commitment and concrete undertakings in support of the concept and culture of peace through his career. He is also a recipient of the Sri Lankabhimanya, the highest National Honour of Sri Lanka, and Honorary Member of the Order of Australia.

 

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