Politics and justice: central themes of the Barranquilla World Law Summit

The most outstanding congregation of jurists in the world is meeting today in BarranquillaPresidents of high courts, ministers, ambassadors, prosecutors and representatives of international organizations, academics, lawyers, businessmen, human rights activists and students from all continents will analyze important aspects of law and politics.

For Javier Cremades, president of the World Jurist Association, Colombia was part of a group of three finalist countries for the realization of this event will have attendees such as the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro; the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who will be there virtually; and the OAS commissioner for the Venezuelan refugee and migrant crisis, David Smolansky.

For his part President Iván Duque announced who wants to leave a message to international guests: “what Colombia is a large, resilient and dynamic country, with a vibrant market economy with a social sense; and that in 2022 we will not let it fall into the erratic path that has destroyed Venezuela and Nicaragua and other places in the hemisphere. Colombia is a model of democratic plurality and it always will be ”.

The event confirmed the participation of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Rigoberta Menchú, who will be at work tables on the rule of law and democracy, talking about the promotion of peace through human rights education and global advances respecting the traditions of the regions and countries.

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Menchú will share the panel with Rosalía Arteaga, Ecuador’s first woman president and constitutional vice president, who served as the first office of that Republic between February 6 and 11, 1997.


On December 2, at 9:00 am, the opening speech will be given at the Puerta de Oro event center, by the president of the World Jurist Association, Javier Cremades, and the vice president of the World Law Foundation, Viviane. Reding.

Also in this space will be the president of the International Union of Magistrates, José Igreja Matos; the President of the International Association of Attorneys General, Cheol-Kyu Hwang, and the Director General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Likewise, the Attorney General of the Nation, Margarita Cabello; and the president of the Constitutional Court, Antonio José Lizarazo.

At 5:30 pm will be the inauguration of the monument of the World Peace & Liberty Award in the Plaza de la Paz, in the presence of the winner of the World Peace & Liberty Award 2019, King Felipe VI of Spain.

On December 3, at 9:30 am, the closing ceremony and the presentation of the World Peace & Liberty Award will take place. By For the first time, in the 27 editions of the congress, the “Nobel Prize for Law” will be awarded to a group: Colombian civil society, for its unwavering support for coexistence in democracy, despite the vicissitudes, and for developing its social fabric under the 1991 Constitution, which this year was in force for 30 years.

During the event, the former mayor of Los Angeles (USA), Antonio Villaraigosa, will participate, among other leaders. Then King Felipe VI and the President of the Republic, Iván Duque Márquez, will give statements.

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Politics and justice: central themes of the Barranquilla World Law Summit