Anambra State Chief Judge, Justice Peter Umeadi, has been elected into the Governing Board of the World Jurist Association (WJA).
It was gathered yesterday that Justice Umeadi was elected at the WJA’s 25th Biennial Congress with the theme: “Energy: Peace and Justice for All”. The congress held in the Caribbean Island of Aruba.
Justice Umeadi’s election has made him the National President of the Nigerian chapter of the WJA. It also qualifies Nigeria to host the next WJA’s biennial meeting, scheduled for October 2019, which would make Nigeria the first African country to host WJA meeting.
Also elected as members of the association’s board of governors are Franklin Hoet Linares, from Venezuela, as President; T. A. O. Kaiyuan, from China, as First Vice President; Saeed Zayed Alshamsi, from United Arab Emirates, as 2nd Vice President and Glendeline Croes, from Aruba, as 3rd Vice President.
Others are Jacinto Soler Padro, from Spain, to represent World Association of Lawyers; Alberto Jurado, from Venezuela (World Association of Law Professors) and Alexander Low, from Germany, (World Association of Business Associates).
Established in1963 in reaction to global clamour for a free and open forum where judges, lawyers, law professors and students world over, could collaborate to strengthen and expand the concept of Rule of Law and its institutions globally.
The main purpose of the Aruba congress, according to the organisers was to integrate, as one of the resolutions of the Declaration of Aruba, the consecration by consensus of a new universal Human Right: The Right of Access to Sustainable Energy to Facilitate Long Term Development.
As a non-governmental organisation with special consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council, the WJA provides a unique forum for the international community.
With nearly 50 years of accomplishments, the WJA is one of the few organizations working with a broad range of stakeholders to promote the Rule of Law as the path towards world peace.
Its members include sitting and retired Chief Justices, judges, government officials, law professors, lawyers and students from over 140 different countries.
WJA has National Presidents in 85 countries, with a Board of Governors that represents every continent and aspect of the legal profession.
Source: The Nation