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Tribute to Justice Weeramantry: A world free of war, hate and prejudice

By Lukman Harees - Tue Jan 10, 2:30 am

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The sad demise of Sri Lankabhimanya Justice C. G. Weeramantry, one of the world’s eminent jurists and a legal scholar par excellence at the age of 90 on January 5 leaves a void in the legal fraternity that is difficult to fill. He left behind a legacy with a distinct mark of identity which was his own. An internationalist in the true sense of the word,  Justice Weeramantry made a lasting contribution in the field of international judicial creativity. As a  Judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and later as its Vice-President, he stood out as the conscience of the Court. Going further, as the President of the International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms, an author, an eminent legal scholar in international law and as an academic including being an Emeritus Professor at Monash University and a visiting Professor at Harvard University, his services rose above the institution he was associated with.

In this context, although history will record Justice Weeramantry’s  contribution to legal literature, domestic as well as international, as both legendary and phenomenal, it will however be unjust to his larger-than-life personality, to reduce his contributions only to his legal scholarship and jurisprudence….

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