International Judge Gives Seminal Talk at Lincoln Law School

August 2015

On Wednesday 5th August, His Excellency Judge Weeramantry, former Vice-President of the International Court of Justice gave the inaugural lecture at Lincoln Law School's new Centre for Environmental Law and Justice.

As a world expert on environmental law, and law and religion, Judge Weeramantry gave a magisterial and insightful talk on how global wisdom from many religious and cultural traditions can help inform modern-day environmental law.

With an audience of nearly 60 people, including academic colleagues from other universities around the Midlands and the North, Judge Weeramantry highlighted how sayings and principles from Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, and native Indian tradition, amongst others can assist in transforming our environmental regulation more meaningful, and just.

Professor Duncan French, Head of Lincoln Law School and Co-Director of the Centre, gave a rejoinder to Judge Weeramantry's talk noting how His Excellency had contributed so significantly to international law during his time as a judge, with clear and principled opinions on such matters as the illegality of nuclear weapons, the importance of responsibility transboundary environmental harm, infusing law with fairness, and the legal implications of sustainable development.

After the lecture, Professor French remarked: 'It has been a great honour to host Judge Weeramantry in Lincoln, it has served to underscore how important law is tackling some of the major environmental crises of our time'.


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