In the midst of rising terrorism and conflicts that have became an issue of global concern, an initiative has been taken by the chief justices, judges and legal luminaries from different countries who gathered for a press conference in the Capital to support the demand for Enforceable International Law. They laid emphasis on the need to elect a world parliament which will frame world laws that will be implemented by a world government and world court will interpret them.
A discussion was organised on inculcating globalism in children all over the world to help them grow up as a true generation of world citizens. But for this to happen, schools will have to cultivate tolerance and co-existence in children, they observed. Around 150 participants from 65 countries
including India were participating in the 12th International Conference of Chief Justices of the World organised by the City Montessori School at Lucknow between December 9 and December 13. The participating countries include Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Benin, Bhutan, Brazil, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo,
Egypt, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Nepal, Benin, South Africa, Philippines, Peru, Colombia, Lebanon, Malta and others. The press conference was headed by Justice AS Qureshi, chairman of the reception committee, New Delhi and a former judge of Gujarat High Court. “World judiciary can force the leaders of the world to come together and form a world parliament to enforce world law and constitute a world government,”
shared Justice Qureshi while addressing the legal dignitaries and media at the Constitution Club.
Before this, the legal luminaries offered floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat. Satisfied with the international participation in the conference, Qureshi observed, “I’m happy to see that over the last 10 years, there is an increasing participation by judges from Latin America, Asia and Africa. This is the reflection of increasing awareness among the people. But I must say that there is still lack of participation by the European countries. There is an urgent need to realise the importance of unity of humankind and peace in the world. Thus, there is an urgent need for a legally constituted law-making body for enacting enforceable international or world law that is applicable to all the countries of the world at the same time. As only it can ensure unity of humankind. We have seen in the past how the conflicts among nations have resulted in world wars and I feel astonished that despite knowing all these facts, humans are still fighting on small issues. I don’t understand why they aren’t realising that either we should learn to swim together or get ready to sink together. There is no other way out. And we judges can play a vital role as there is still respect in the eyes of people for us and I’m sure they will pay attention to whatever message we are conveying.”
Justice Benjamin Odoki, Chief Justice of Uganda, said, “The future of over two billion children in the world can’t be ignored. It is imperative for their bright future that we take steps to enact world law as soon as possible.”
Added Justice Fatoumata Diakite, President International Association of Judges, Cote D’Ivoire, a country in West Africa, “I think if there is coordination between different countries, humanity can be helped better.”
Meanwhile Justice Fredrick Egonda-Ntende, Chief Justice, Supreme Court, Seychelles, observed, “It is a wonderful opportunity for the judges of the world to be a part of a noble cause and to strive for democratic new world order with a world Government.”