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16th June 2020

Professor Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger named a winner of the Weeramantry International Justice Award

Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger

Congratulations to Exeter College alumna Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger (2003, Law) (pictured above) who has been named a recipient of the prestigious Weeramantry International Justice Award.

The Weeramantry International Justice Award is granted to distinguished senior-level jurists whose lifeworks, intellect and character offer the highest possible credit to the memory of His Excellency the late Judge Christopher Gregory Weeramantry, recipient of the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education, Right Livelihood Award Laureate and former Vice-President of the International Court of Justice. The award recipients honour his Excellency’s international legacy, including his concern for the interests of current and future generations; his commitment to international law, peace and sustainable development; and his global humanism and leadership in the law.

Professor Cordonier Segger is the Senior Director of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law and Full Professor of Law in the University of Waterloo, Canada, Founding Councillor of the World Future Council, currently serving as Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor in the University of Cambridge and Executive Secretary of the Climate Law and Governance Initiative with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and has authored over 21 books. She was selected as a laureate for her outstanding legal scholarship and teaching, and for her leadership of international foundations, councils and networks, including the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), the Climate Law and Governance Initiative with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Biodiversity Law and Governance Initiative with the Convention on Biological Diversity and UN-Environment. The award recognises Professor Cordonier Segger as a founding pioneer in the field of international law on sustainable development, and a leading jurist for current and future generations’ interests, and for the protection of life on Earth.

Professor Cordonier Segger is one of three people distinguished with a Weeramantry International Justice Award this year, joined by Advocate Neshan Gunasekera and the Honourable Justice Professor Marcel Szabo. As laureates of the Weeramantry International Justice Award, the honorees become commissioners and mentors for the newly announced HE Judge CG and Rosemary Weeramantry Global Fellowship. The Global Fellowship aims to be the most prestigious and influential in its field, worldwide, and will be open to graduate students and recently graduated scholars studying international law and governance related to sustainable development, and also to early-career professionals who demonstrate outstanding research and analytical ability.

On receiving the award Professor Cordonier-Segger said: “It is a great honour to share this international award with his Honour Judge Szabo and Advocate Gunasekera. We are very deeply committed to the mentorship and inspiration that, as Weeramantry International Justice Award laureates, we can give back to the global community which His Excellency Justice CG Weeramantry gave us.”

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