Legal Correspondent

New Delhi: Judges from different parts of the world have called upon the judiciary to unite to ensure maintenance of rule of law even at the risk of their lives.

Chief Justices and judges from over 50 countries took part in the International Conclave of Jurists-2007, jointly organised by International Council of Jurists, All India Bar Association and the Indian Council of Jurists here on December 6.

Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan welcomed the judges at the conclave which was attended by Bar leaders and academicians from different countries. The Chief Justice of Uganda, B.J. Odoki, commended the ICJ for bringing the legal fraternity together.

President, Haute cour de justice, Benin Clotilde M. Nougbode, said the members of Bar associations were one family and stressed the need to safeguard the interest of the future generation.

Acting Chief Justice of Afghanistan Bahauddin Baha said he was honoured to be in India. He said justice brought security which in turn “brings prosperity for the people.” Chief Justice of Mauritius Yeung Kam John Yeung Sik Yuen commended the ICJ for bringing the stalwarts of law together through this conclave.

Supreme Court Bar Association president P.H. Parekh and special invitee M. Ravindran welcomed the judges and delegates. ICJ president Adish C. Aggarwala applauded the role played by the judiciary in the world for implementing the rule of law and for protecting human rights.

ICJ organising secretary S. Prabhakaran regretted that lawyers were being subjected to attacks in different parts of the world. Stressing the need for strengthening the relations between the Bar and the Bench, he said if the relations strained, then the Bench would be isolated and that would not augur well for the judiciary and the rule of law.

The former Chief Justice, P.N. Bhagwati, said the judges throughout the world were working to achieve the common cause of justice. He said: “Judges and lawyers are servants of the people. It is necessary for the judges throughout the world to attain justice in order to realise the aspirations of the people. It is the problem of the human being which is being dealt with in the courtroom everyday.”