Chief justices call on world leaders "to work for the establishment of a world parliament"
"International Conference of Chief Justices of the World" in Lucknow closes with declaration
Gathering in Lucknow in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, an international conference of around 300 chief justices, judges, legal experts and ambassadors from nearly 60 countries predominantly from the Global South closed with the adoption of a declaration that called on heads of states and governments to convene a world summit "to consider the present grave global problems facing mankind" and "to work for establishment of a World Parliament to enact enforceable World Laws, a World Government, and a World Court of Justice."
The document stated that "more serious and concrete steps must be taken to reform the United Nations by review of the UN charter with a view to making the UN a fully democratic, representative and effective institution."
During the four-day conference six sessions were held on topics such as creating a culture of unity & peace, establishing rule of law, protection of human rights, reforming the structure of global governance, or sustainable development.
Participants included, among others, Anerood Jugnauth, the prime minister of Mauritius, Moses Veerasammy Nagamootoo, the prime minister of Guyana, Kgalema Motlanthe, former president and vice-president of South Africa, former Croatian president Stjepan Mesić as well as chief justices and judges of the supreme courts of Afghanistan, Benin, Cameroon, Croatia, East Timor, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nauru, Paraguay, Peru, Slovenia, South Africa, Sudan, Suriname, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The conference was organized for the 17th time by the "World Unity Education Department" of City Montessori School in Lucknow.
Top image: Plenary of the World Judiciary Summit 2016. Photo: City Montessori School