ICRC releases monumental work on Customary Int'l Humanitarian Law
INTERNATIONAL Jurist Christie G. Weeramantry was the chief guest at a
ceremony where the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
released a monumental work on Customary International Humanitarian Law.
Running to almost four thousand pages and edited by Jean-Marie
Henckearts and Louise Doswals-Beck, this study collects together all the
basic principles from all sources as well as State practices from across
The work has taken ten years to complete and no protect of this scale
has ever been attempted before.
Judge Weeramantry has returned from India after several engagements
in the field of International Law and Peace Education.
The ICRC organised a major Conference for this book launch attended
by leading international lawyers from across the world. Judge
Weeramantry delivered the opening address in launching the book and also
made the closing address of the two day Conference.
In his closing address Judge Weeramantry stated that this monumental
work should be further enriched in the light of various religious and
traditional practices and that a major study should now be launched to
examine all religious and traditional teachings on the subject.
Judge Weeramantry also suggested the preparation of a bench book on
International Humanitarian Law designed to assist the global judiciary
on lines similar to the judicial bench book that was designed by him on
environmental law as part of the United Nations Environmental Programme
The next Conference attended by Judge Weermantry was the annual
meeting of the Indian Society of International Law, where he addressed
in detail about the various developments in International Criminal
Courts and International Criminal Justice and methods for improving
their reach and efficiency.
Judge Weeramantry, being the Chief Advisor to this schools, delivered
the keynote address on "Reflections on recent development in
International Criminal Law."
He examined the strengths and weaknesses of the current system of
International Criminal Justice and made various suggestions for its
The Conference was followed by a Conference of Chief Justices
arranged by Jagdish Gandhi of Lucknow. This is a major world event of
Peace Education as Mr. Gandhi has introduced Peace Education into all
subjects taught at his twenty schools in Lucknow, with a total of almost
thirty thousand students.
This experiment has already received the UNESCO Prize for Peace
Education and every year Chief Justices of the world are invited to
attend this conference and observe the Peace related work done by the