Welcome to the Collegium of World Judges Home Page

The World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA) is developing the Collegium of World Judges that is mandated in Article 9 of the Constitution, primarily through inviting retired Supreme Court Justices from various countries to participate. From the Collegium are selected justices to staff various benches of the World Court System, thereby promoting the rule of law with universal jurisdiction for the Earth.  At the moment we are developing a bench of the World Court to examine the Chevron-Ecuador case that has been going on for more than 20 years.

 

 

World Constitution and Parliament Association

Organizer for Sessions of the Provisional World Parliament      Cooperating with the Institute On World Problems

North America Offices:  313 Seventh Avenue, Radford, VA 24141 USA          fax: 1 (540) 639-4320   gmartin@radford.edu

1484 Lively Ridge Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 USA  1(404) 639-7636   govt_rules@yahoo.com

www.worldparliament-gov.org    www.worldproblems.net     www.radford.edu/gmartin     www.earthfederation.info

WCPA was founded in 1958 by Philip and Margaret Isely

 

 

The Collegium of World Judges

Introduction

Many thoughtful people worldwide know that our planet Earth lacks any meaningful enforceable laws beyond the level of sovereign nation-states.  Many are also aware that concerned world citizens of foresight and vision have been calling for an Earth Federation under a World Parliament at least since the time of World War One.  Supreme court and high court justices from the world’s nation-states are often particularly aware that the various international courts now in operation, such as the ICJ, the ICC, and the regional courts of human rights, are all hamstrung in one way or another, lacking the power of mandamus, lacking universal jurisdiction, and lacking mechanisms for the enforcement of court decisions. The world court system as it now exists is wholly inadequate to the needs of humanity.

We invite you to help lay the foundations for a decent world legal system by becoming a member or an associate of the Collegium of World Judges.  We expect that this Collegium will be one of the most prestigious of world organizations within a very few years.  Justices associated with the Collegium will be seen as pioneers in creating a just and decent world system for all citizens of the Earth.

 

The difficulties of creating an effective world court system, of course, are widely recognized, but there is one effort in this direction that is particularly promising because it is mandated and guided by the provisions of the world-famous Constitution for the Federation of Earth. This Constitution has been translated into 23 languages and is available worldwide in many editions and formats, including on-line at numerous websites.  

 

Many people have recognized that this Constitution, which allows for the people of Earth to provisionally begin the Earth Federation prior to the time of its final ratification, offers a “blueprint” unlike any other that can help the citizens of Earth move toward a world of lawfulness, justice, peace, and sustainability. By replacing the unworkable UN Charter with the Earth Constitution, concerned people worldwide can preserve what has been accomplished to date and move the world decisively forward toward the rule of law and justice.

 

The 14th session of the Provisional World Parliament, meeting in Kolkata, India, 27-29 December 2015, passed comprehensive legislation for merging the UN into the Earth Federation and for creating a Global Sustainability Directorate that draws upon the many UN agencies now concerned with promoting the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) projected for 2015-2030. These new world legislative acts can be found at

http://www.radford.edu/~gmartin/PWP14.call.Feb.14.htm.

 

 

Article Nine of the Earth Constitution establishes a Collegium of World Judges of 40 to 60 highly qualified members of the Judiciary from which the various benches of the World Supreme Court System are staffed. To enable the development of this Collegium, the Provisional World Parliament at its 12th session in Kolkata, India, December 2010, passed World Legislative Act # 48 as an enabling act for the Collegium of World Judges. The act is attached to this Introduction.

 

That session of the Parliament included some prominent legal minds, such as Justice A.P. Misra, former Supreme Court Justice of India and Madam Saraswathy Devi, internationally known barrister from Malaysia and former President of the International Women Lawyer’s Committee against Human Trafficking. The delegates at that session of the Parliament understood that we must begin now, even if the journey appears long, for if we do not make a beginning, the project of living in a world of democratically legislated enforceable world laws, regulated by an effective world court system, will never be realized.

 

The Latin American office of the World Constitution and Parliament Association in San José, Costa Rica, under the direction of Lic. Celina Garcia, has been working for several years to establish the first bench of the World Supreme Court system in Costa Rica: the Bench for Public Cases. Costa Rica as a nation is sympathetic to this initiative.  We have been offered a venue for the court and have also received the support of ambassadors to Costa Rica from both Ecuador and Venezuela.

 

Dr. Glen T. Martin and other leaders of the World Constitution and Parliament Association have attended many of the International Conferences of Chief Justices of the World sponsored in Lucknow, India, by Dr. Jagdish Gandhi and the City Montessori School of Lucknow.  Often copies of the Earth Constitution have been distributed at these meetings.  Justices who have participated in these meetings know that Dr. Gandhi is a Vice-President of WCPA, the organization that sponsors the Earth Constitution, sessions of the Provisional World Parliament, and development of the World Court System. These Chief Justices Conferences advocate the development of democratic world law in order to ensure a decent future for the children of the world.

 

A number of justices or former justices from various countries have already joined the Collegium of World Judges. We are creating a website devoted to the Collegium, on which justices who are members may be recognized if they so choose.  In addition, we are focusing specifically at this time on Latin American justices becoming members of the Collegium.  We expect that the first case that the new bench of the World Court System will be adjudicating will be the famous case of Citizens of Ecuador vs. Chevron-Texaco, a contest which has already been through a number of legal venues over the past 25 years without any clear legal resolution. The World Supreme Court System has clear universal legal jurisdiction to try cases relating to both human rights violations and destruction of the environment, both of which are relevant to this case.

 

The call is going out to sitting and former Supreme Court Justices from Latin American countries to apply for membership in the Collegium of World Judges.  From this group, our project will constitute a court of 5-7 judges to try the Ecuador v. Chevron-Texaco case.  The presence of many justices within the Collegium that forms the background for this case, will provide support and prestige to those sitting on this bench. We expect the Court to open in 2017 in a venue promised to the Court by the University of Costa Rica. We are also mounting a campaign in Costa Rica to have 25,000 signatories to the Earth Constitution by the time the Court opens its doors.  These signatures will represent a major confirmation of the significance of the Court and its authority under the Earth Constitution.

 

Immediate Objectives:

 

  1. To recruit qualified sitting or former Supreme Court Justices as members of the Collegium of World Judges, available on a voluntary basis not only for this case but other possible cases in the future (by December 2016).
  2. To select 5-7 qualified eminent justices to sit on the bench for the case of Citizens of Ecuador v. Chevron-Texaco (by April 2017).
  3. With the help of the justices for this bench, to gather historical and background information for this legal case (April 2017 to December 2017).
  4. To develop a funding base for the Court that will sustain it for as long as necessary to try this case (ongoing).
  5. To collect 25,000 signatures from Costa Rican citizens demanding that this Court be activated under the authority of the Earth Constitution (by December 2016).
  6. To open proceedings of the Court in the venue in San José, Costa Rica (2017-18).

 

Broad Long-term Objectives:

 

  1. To enhance and magnify the rule of law for planet Earth.
  2. To enhance the legal protection of our planetary environment and human rights worldwide.
  3. To develop the infrastructure for a permanent World Supreme Court System.
  4. To promote worldwide recognition of the Earth Constitutionas a primary source for world law.
  5. To promote a world-system in which brings both nation-states and multi-national corporations under the universal jurisdiction of emerging world law.

 

To currently sitting and former high court and supreme court justices:  If you wish to participate in the Collegium of World Judges, and in its project of encouraging the development of enforceable, democratically legislated world law, please fill out the application form supplied with this Introduction.

The Collegium of World Judges

 

(20 to 60 World Judges) Presiding Council of World Judges (consisting of a Chief Justice and four Associate Chief Justices

Integrado por un número entre 20 y 60 jueces mundiales del Consejo Mundial de Jueces (conformado por un Presidente y cuatro Presidentes de Tribunales asociados)

            Human Rights

Basic structure and operation as defined by the  1974 World Court Convention at Mulhouse, France and confirmed by the 6th Session of the Provisional World Parliament, (2003)

Derechos Humanos

De estructura básica y operación básicas tal como se define en la Convención Mundial de la Corte de 1974 en Mulhouse, Francia y confirmada por la 6ª sesión del Parlamento Provisonal Mundial Provisional (2003).

 

International Conflicts

Basic structure and operation as established by the International Court of Justice, but with the strengthened concepts of jurisdiction as provided by the Earth Constitution

Conflictos Internacionales

De estructura y funcionamiento básicos tal y como se establece por la Corte Internacional de Justicia, pero con conceptos de jurisdicción fortalecidos conforme a lo dispuesto por la Constitución de la Tierra

Appellate Bench

for appeals arising from courts of lower jurisdiction, such as the national courts. Also, to determine to which bench to refer a case when a question or disagreement arises over bench jurisdiction

Tribunal de Apelación

Para las apelaciones provenientes de tribunales de jurisdicción inferior, tales como los tribunales nacionales. Además, determinan a qué tribunal referir un caso en el caso en que surja una pregunta o de desacuerdo sobre la jurisdicción de los tribunales.

 

Criminal Cases

Basic structure and operation as defined by the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (1998 & 2010), and as qualified by the 7th and 12th Sessions of the Provisional World Parliament (2003 & 2010)

Casos Criminales

Estructura básica y operacional tal como se definen en el Estatuto de Roma de la Corte Penal Internacional (1998 y 2010), y tal y como fuera calificada en la 7ª y 12ª sesiones del Parlamento Provisional Mundial (2003 y 2010)

Advisory Bench

to give legal opinions upon request from branches of the Earth Federation, except for constitutional questions

Tribunal Asesor

Para dar opiniones legales a petición de las diferentes ramas de la Federación de la Tierra, con excepción de las cuestiones constitucionales

Civil Cases

Integrating the Permanent Court of Arbitration within the World Supreme Court System

Casos Civiles

Con capacidad de integración de la Corte Permanente de Arbitraje en el Sistema de la Suprema Corte Mundial

Public Cases

Cases between levels of government and nations, corporations, groups and individuals in questions involving world legislation

Casos Públicos

Con capacidad para los casos entre los niveles de gobierno y naciones, corporaciones, grupos y personas en cuestiones que impliquen la legislación mundial

 

            Juvenile Cases

Basic structure and operation as defined in world legislation by the 8th Session of the Provisional World Parliament (2004)

Casos juveniles y de menores

De estructura y funcionamiento básicos tal y como se define en la legislación mundial de la 8ª sesión del Parlamento Provisional Mundial (2004)

Casos Constitucionales

Con capacidad de interpretación de la Constitución de la Tierra

Colegio Mundial de Jueces

 

 

 

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