Congratulations to Professor Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, BSIA Fellow and UW Faculty member, for receiving the prestigious new Weeramantry International Justice Award.

The first Laureates of the prestigious International Justice Award in honour of His Excellency Judge CG Weeramantry were announced during the 2020 Global Symposium on Human Rights, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Law on 15 May 2020. This eminent new international award for law and sustainable development recognized three people: Professor Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger of the United Kingdom, Canada and Switzerland, Adv. Neshan Gunasekera of Sri Lanka, and the Honourable Justice Professor Marcel Szabo of Hungary.

The Weeramantry International Justice Award is granted to distinguished senior-level jurists whose lifeworks, intellect and character offer the highest possible credit to the memory of His Excellency the late Judge Christopher Gregory Weeramantry, recipient of the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education, and former Vice-President of the International Court of Justice. Laureates are selected from a global roster of nominees in honour of his Excellency’s international legacy, including his concern for the interests of current and future generations, his commitment to international law, peace and sustainable development, and his global humanism and leadership in the law.

As laureates of the 2020 Weeramantry International Justice Award, the honorees become commissioners and mentors for the newly announced HE Judge CG and Rosemary Weeramantry Global Fellowship. The Weeramantry Global Fellowship aims to be the most prestigious and influential in its field, worldwide, and shall be open to graduate students and recently graduated scholars studying international law and governance related to sustainable development, and also to early-career professionals who demonstrate outstanding research and analytical ability.

Professor Romesh Weeramantry, upon announcing the first recipients of the Weeramantry International Justice Award, declared: “On behalf of my family, I am thrilled to congratulate these honorees and look forward to seeing their continued work in the years to come. It shall be a pleasure to serve with the new HE Justice CG Weeramantry International Justice Award Laureates on the commission which will select and designate the recipient of the HE Judge CG and Rosemary Weeramantry Global Fellowship, in order to honour their legacy.”

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