Chris Weeramantry

chris weeramantryHis Excellency Judge Christopher Weeramantry

An Emeritus Professor at Monash, Judge Weeramantry held the Sir Hayden Starke Chair of Law from 1972 to 1991. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Monash in 2001 and was made an Honorary Member of the Order of Australia in 2013 for his service to the law.

Born in Sri Lanka in 1926, Judge Weeramantry began his celebrated legal career in his native Colombo where he practised as a lawyer before being appointed to the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, on which he sat from 1967 to 1972.

After leaving Monash in 1991, he was appointed a Judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and served as its Vice President from 1997 until his retirement in 2000.

During his time with the ICJ, Judge Weeramantry helped to establish environmental law as an independent branch of international law and was celebrated for his seminal argument against the legality of the use of nuclear weapons. He went on to serve as President of the International Association of Lawyers  Against  Nuclear Arms.

Judge Weeramantry tireless advocacy for peace and intercultural understanding was evident in his scholarly career. He held professorships at universities including Harvard University, the University of Hong Kong, the University of Colombo and the University of Tokyo; and was the author of numerous books  and  articles on subjects such as human rights, equality and religious understanding.

Below are a list of Judge Weeramantry's various publications from books to judgments.

One world, one home, one law for all: a tribute to Christopher Gregory Weeramantry on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday, 2017

Islamic jurisprudence: an international perspective, 2014

Islamic influences on international philosophy and law, 2012

Towards one world: the memoirs of Judge C.G. Weeramantry (3 volumes), 2010

Tread lightly on the earth : religion, the environment, and the human future : a report for the World Future Council, 2009

Good faith negotiations leading to the total elimination of nuclear weapons: request for an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice, 2009

Xenotransplantation : the legal and ethical concerns, 2007

Armageddon or Brave new world? : reflections on the hostilities in Iraq, 2nd edition, 2005

Sustainable justice : reconciling economic, social and environmental law, 2005

A call for national reawakening, 2005

Universalising international law, 2004

Armageddon, or, Brave new world? : reflections on the hostilities in Iraq, 2003

The law in crisis: bridges of understanding, 2001

The World Court: its conception, constitution and contribution (Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education and Research), 2001

Environmental aspects of Sri Lanka’s ancient irrigation system, 2000

Equality and freedom: some third world perspectives, 1999

El Padrenuestro : un puente hacia un mundo mejor (Spanish), 1999

Legal visions of the 21st century : essays in honour of Judge Christopher Weeramantry, 1998

The lord’s prayer: bridge to a better world, 1998

Justice without frontiers (2 volumes), 1997

Essays on justice : the human rights dimension, 1997

"On earth as it is in heaven" : a vision of world order for the 21st century, 1995

Impact of technology on human rights: global case-studies, 1993

Does international law matter: Prof Christopher Gregory Weeramantry, 1993

Nauru : environmental damage under international trusteeship, 1992

International law in a changing world: convocation address, 1991

Human rights and scientific technological development: studies on the affirmative use of science and technology for the furtherance of human rights, 1990

Human rights and the armaments trade, 1990

International Seminar on the Teaching of Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland, 5-9 December 1988: background paper, 1988

Report: Commission of Inquiry into Rehabilitation of the Worked-out Phosphate Lands of Nauru, 1988

Kakuheiki to kagakusha no sekinin, 1987

Development of social moral and ethical responsibilities for lawyers in the Lawasia region, 1987

Nuclear weapons and scientific responsibility, 1987

International human rights: some Islamic perspectives, 1986

The ethnic problem in Sri Lanka: a collection of articles and essays (Volume 2), 1986

The ethnic crisis in Sri Lanka: some revelations, 1985

Value of European culture in non-Western legal education, 1985

Law, the threatened peripheries, 1984

A new human rights dispensation for Sri Lanka : one of the paths to the solution of communal conflict, 1984

The slumbering sentinels : law and human rights in the wake of technology, 1983

Consent to the medical treatment of minors and intellectually handicapped persons, 1983

Plea for national unity and an undivided Sri Lanka, 1983

An invitation to the law, 1982

International human rights: documents, 1982

Apartheid, the closing phases?, 1980

An introduction to the jurisprudence of Islam : introductory lectures for law students at Monash University, Melbourne, 1980

Law as a cultural discipline, 1979

Human rights in Japan, 1978

Cybernetics and the re-discovery of participation, 1977

Equality and freedom : some third world perspectives, 1976

The law in crisis : bridges of understanding, 1975

The law and the common man; talks delivered at a seminar of the Law Society held on February 20, 1970 and a meeting of the Jaffna Law Library Assn. held on March 28, 1970

The law of contracts : being a treatise on the law of contracts as prevailing in Ceylon, and involving a comparative study of the Roman-Dutch, English and customary laws relating to contracts, 1967

The law of contracts : being a treatise on the law of contracts as prevailing in Ceylon, 1967

Joint Authorship of Report of Nauru Commission of Inquiry, 1987-1988 – 5 volumes of text and 5 volumes of documents

‘International Law and the Developing World: A Millennial Analysis’ The Harvard International Law Journal, Volume 4I, Number 2, Spring 2000.

‘Human Rights and the Global Market Place’, The Brooklyn Journal of                               International Law, volume xxv Number 1, 1999

‘Private International Law and Public International Law’, Rivista di diritto internazionale privato e processuale. xxxiv April - June 1998.

‘Some Differences between International and Domestic Adjudication’ Festschrift in honour of Professor Nadaraja, University of Colombo, 1997

‘Some Practical Problems of International Adjudication’ paper prepared for Colloquium to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the International Court of Justice, Canberra, 17 Australian Year Book of International Law, 1996

‘The Function of the International Court of Justice in the Development of International Law’ 10 Leiden Journal of International Law, 1996

‘The International Court of Justice in the Age of Multiculturalism’ 36 Indian Journal of International Law, 1995

‘On Earth as it is in Heaven: A Vision of World Order’ 1995 Martin Luther King Lecture, 2 Tulsa Journal of Comparative International Law, 1995

‘Access To Information : A New Human Right . The Right to Know’, Asian Year Book of International Law, Volume 4, 1995.

The World Court: Its Conception, Constitution and Contribution” 20 Monash University Law Review, 1994

‘Introducing Human Rights to the Younger Generation’ UNESCO, Netherlands, 1993

‘Does International Law Matter?’ The Malayan Law Journal, 1991

‘The Importance of Philosophical Perspectives to the Judicial Process’ 6 Connecticut Journal of International Law, 1991

‘Judicial Reasoning under the Common Law’ Proceedings of the Commonwealth Law Conference, Auckland, 1990

‘The Contribution of Judge Nagendra Singh to International Law’ 63 Australian Law Journal, 1989

‘The Non-Aligned Movement: Some Issues for Consideration’ 42 Pakistan Horizon, 1989

‘The Teaching of Human Rights’ Sri Lanka Journal of International Law, 1989

‘Environmental Rights, Science, Law and the Citizen’ Breakthrough, 1989

‘The Quest for Congruence Between Culture and Legal Systems in recently Liberated Societies’ 67 Washington University Law Quarterly, 1987

‘The Constitutional Reconstruction of South Africa: Some Essential Safeguards’ 3 Lesotho Law Journal, 1987

‘The Quality of Murphy’ An assessment of the work of Justice Murphy of the High Court of Australia, Law Institute Journal, 1987

‘Value of European Cultural in Non-Western Legal Education’ Journal of the Colombo University Faculty of Law, 1987

‘Traffic in Armaments: The Human Rights Dimension’ 27 Indian Journal of International Law, 1987

‘The Social Responsibilities of Engineers’ Journal of the Australian Association of Electrical Engineers, 1987

“Media Monopolies and their Threat’ The Age Monthly Review, 1987

‘The Role of the Lawyer in Papua New Guinea’ 14 Melanesian Law Journal, 1986

‘The Utilisation of Nuclear Energy and International Law’ Monash University Law Review, 1986

‘Science, Technology and Human Rights’ 13 Indian International Centre Quarterly, 1986

‘Collectivism v. Individualism: The Australia Card Debate’ The Age Monthly Review, 1986

‘The Right to Development’ 25 Indian Journal of International Law,1985

‘Nuclear weaponry and scientific responsibility’, (1985) 27 Journal of the Indian Law Institute 351

‘The Reception and Development of the Roman-Dutch Law in Srr Lanka’ 1 Lesotho Law Journal, 1985

‘A new human Rights Dispensation for Sri Lanka – One of the Paths to the Solution of the Communal Conflict’ Overseas Sri Lanka Journal, 1985

‘Future Technology and the Scientific Ethic’ Paper No. 10 Commission for the Future, 1985

‘Genetic Engineering and Counselling’, Proceedings of World Congress on Law and Medicine, 1985

‘Technology and Human Rights’ Journal of the Sri Lanka Law College, 1984

‘Towards More Purposeful Legal Research’ Special Silver Jubilee Commemorative Volume on Legal Research and Methodology, Indian Law Institute, 1983

‘Jurisprudence in the Third World Law School: A Blueprint’ 10 Melanesian Law Journal, 1982

‘A View on Legal Studies’ The Legal Scribe, Law Institute of Victoria, 1982

‘Some Observations on Apartheid’ three-part series The Age, Melbourne and the Brisbane Courier, 1980

‘Human Rights and the UN Program’ in United Nations University Newsletter, Vol. 4, No. 1, 1980

‘Some Legal Implications of Nuclear Technology’ 7 Habitat Australia, 1979

‘Human Rights in Japan: Some Protections and Problems’ 1 Universal Human Rights, 1979

‘Third World: Independence was only a Start’ Christian Science Monitor, Boston, 1978

‘Law as a Cultural Discipline’ Recent Law, New Zealand, 1978

‘The Advantages and Disadvantages to a University for Training for the Elite Professions’ Journal of Association of Australian University Colleges, 1978

‘Freedom and Equality in the Third World’ three – part Series in Asiaweek, Hong Kong, 1977

‘Fundamental Perspectives on Equality and Freedom’ IX Archives for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Wiesbaden, 1976

‘Shakespeare and the Lawyer’ Book review Monash University law Review, 1975

‘The Expanding Canvas’ 1 Aquinas University law Journal, 1972

‘The Legal Profession in Greece and Rome’ Journal of the Classical Association of Ceylon Law, 35th Anniversary Issue, 1972

‘The Loom of Language’ 2 Journal of Ceylon Law, 1971

Human rights and scientific and technological development : studies on the affirmative use of science and technology for the furtherance of human rights, commissioned as a special project by the United Nations University, following a reference to the University by the United Nations Human Rights Commission, 1990

1981 – Contributor, UNESCO volume on Teaching Human Rights

1980 – ‘Human Rights and the UN University Programmers’, United Nations University Newsletter, Vol. 4 No.1

Ruhani v Director of Police [2005] HCA 42; (2005) 222 CLR 489

NAGV and NAGW of 2002 v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs [2005] HCA 6; 222 CLR 161 (2 March 2005)

Ruhani v Director of Police [2004] HCATrans 440 (10 November 2004)

Lindon v Commonwealth of Australia M41/1996 (Thu, 6 Nov 1997 14:05:41 +1100 (EST)) [1997] HCATrans 351 (6 November 1997)