In Memoriam – H.E. Judge C.G. Weeramantry

Judge Christopher Weeramantry passed away on the 5th of January. Judge Weeramantry was a jurist of striking range, depth, independence and erudition. His famous judgments in Nuclear Weapons and Gabcikovo now appear to be more important than ever. They are also significant for incorporating Asian legal and cultural traditions into the jurisprudence of the ICJ. The ideal of peace was the animating feature not only of his life’s work, but his everyday dealings with people. He was a man of immense kindness and gentility, and was loved and admired by all who knew him.  His death is a great loss to Sri Lanka and the world, but his writings, as scholar and judge, will continue to inspire generations to come who hope that international law can bring about a more just world.