Chief justices, judges of 60 countries participate in summit

There is a need for enactment of globally applicable world laws to protect future of humanity, end wars and deal with the problem of terrorism and illiteracy, the chief justices and judges asserted.

PTI| Last Updated: Dec 12, 2013, 21:58 PM IST

New Delhi: There is a need for enactment of globally applicable world laws to protect the future of humanity, end wars and deal with the problem of terrorism and illiteracy, the chief justices and judges of 60 countries on Thursday asserted.

The heads of judiciaries and other judges across the world shared their view at `World Judiciary Summit` held here.

A press statement issued by City Montessori School in Lucknow, which organised the Summit in Delhi, said, "The Jurists asserted the need for enactment of globally applicable World Laws to protect the future of humanity, end wars, ban nuclear weapons, create a safe ecology and deal with problem of poverty, illiteracy, climate change, human rights, global warming, terrorism etc."

Chief justices and judges from 60 countries participated in the 14th International Conference of Chief Justices of the World on Article 51 of the Constitution of India which is being held from December 11 to 17 as part of the World Unity Education Programme of the school.

Speaking at the conference, Justice A S Qureshi, former judge at Gujarat High Court, advocated for powerful laws to protect the interest of old, weak, women and children who are the most vulnerable victims in war.

"The time is ripe for a peaceful revolutionary change which can bring the countries together and unite them as one World.

"Women and children are the most vulnerable victims in war and have to suffer even if they are innocent. It is necessary to raise a voice in their support. Powerful laws are the best means to protect the interests of the old and weak, the women and children so that they can live happily and fearlessly on earth," he was quoted as saying in the release.

Justice Adel Omar Sherif, Deputy Chief Justice of Egypt,
who was also present at the conference, highlighted the need for creation of a World Parliament and the formation of a World Government.

He said that for strengthening the World Judicial system and enactment of enforceable International laws, it is important to have a legally constituted and democratically elected World Parliament with representatives from all countries.

"All the countries must shed off a part of their sovereignty to come under the umbrella of the World Parliament and World Government. It was the only way to prevent innocents being mercilessly slaughtered in brutal wars. Fanaticism and terrorism are global issues and need global laws acceptable by all countries to tackle them," Justice Sherif said.

The conference was also attended by Justice Lisa Kiianlina of Finland, Justice Ricardo Li Rosi of National Court of Appeals of Argentina, former Chief Justice of Uganga B J Odoki and others.

The statement said that the judges at the press conference were happy to note that Article 51 of the Constitution of India was based on a global vision of its makers.