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Inaugural Address Given at the Opening Ceremony of the Asian Society of International Law 7 April 2007

Rosalyn Higgins Dbe Qc

in Themes and Theories

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780198262350
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682322 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262350.003.0102
Inaugural Address Given at the Opening Ceremony of the Asian Society of International Law 7 April 2007

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Judges from Asia have made important contributions and many have taken on the highest offices at the International Court of Justice. In 1970, Judge Zafrulla Khan of Pakistan became the first Asian President of the Court. Since that time, there has been President Nagendra Singh of India, Vice-President Oda of Japan, and Vice-President Weeramantry of Sri Lanka. Asian judges have also been making major contributions to the work of other international judicial institutions such as international tribunals. Beyond the realm of international adjudication, Asian states have become ever more significant players in the wider world of international law in terms of treaty-making and the refinement of custom. One of the objectives of the Asian Society of International Law is to provide a forum for younger international lawyers in Asia for intellectual interaction in the field of research and practice in international law. Other legal areas where Asia has been making an impact include the law of the sea, international trade and investment law, human rights law, and law on terrorism.

Keywords: Asia; judges; International Court of Justice; international tribunals; international law; Asian Society of International Law; human rights; terrorism; international trade

Chapter.  4162 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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