Internationally renowned Sri Lankan lawyer Justice CG Weeramantry passed away on Thursday at the age of 90, a family spokesman said.
Justice Weeramantry was one of the world’s most eminent jurists serving the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague and becoming its Vice-President in 1997.
He began his judicial career in the 1950s and served as a senior judge of the Supreme Court from 1965. He had later moved to Australia where he was appointed as the prestigious Sir Hayden Stark Professor at Law at Monash University.
He had his education at Royal College where he became a senior prefect, editor of the Royal College Magazine, Chairman Senior Literary Association and won many class and school prizes as well as the Governor’s Scholarship, Principal’s Prize and the Empire Essay Prize for 1943 awarded by the Royal Empire Society.
After graduating from the University of Ceylon, he completed his LLB and LLD at the King’s College, London. He commenced practising law at the Supreme Court here in 1948 and became a Judge of the Supreme Court in 1967 and retired from the Supreme Court in 1972.
He also served as a lecturer and examiner at the Colombo Law College and was also Member of the Council of Legal Education till he moved to Australia where he assumed duties as Sir Hayden Starke Professor of Law, at Monash University in Victoria.
He began his service at the ICJ in 1991 and became its Vice-President in 1997. He also served on the Legal and Human Rights Advisory Board of the Genetics Policy Institute and the President of the International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms.
He further worked as a councillor of the World Future Council and lectured at a number of overseas universities.
In 2007 he was bestowed with the title of Sri Lankabhimanaya which is the highest national honour in the country.