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Christopher Gregory Weeramantry, judge, lawyer.


Weeramantry, Christopher Gregory was born on November 17, 1926 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Son of Gregory and Lilian (Dewapurarathne) Weeramantry.


Bachelor of Laws, University London, 1948. Bachelor with honours, University London, 1950. Doctor of Laws, University London, 1967.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Colombo, 1984.


Advocate Supreme Court Sri Lanka, Colombo, 1948-1965, commissioner of assizes, 1965-1967, justice, 1967-1972. Sir Hayden Starke professor law Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, 1971-1991, professor emeritus Australia, since 1991. Barrister at law Victoria, Australia, since 1972.

Judge International Court Justice, The Hague, Netherlands, since 1991, vice president Netherlands, since 1997. Panelist United Nations Educational Seminar on Teaching of Human Rights, Canberra, Australia, 1980, International Conference on Nuclear Danger, Tokyo, 1985. Chairman committee of inquiry International Responsibility for Phosphate Mining on Naru, 1987-1988.

Lecturer United Nations Human Rights Committee Seminar, Geneva, Switzerland, 1988. Coordinator U./Netherlands Institute of Human Rights Workshop on Science, Technology and Human Rights, Utrecht, 1989. Examiner Council Legal Education, Colombo, 1950-1955.

Visiting professor University Tokyo, 1978, University Stellenbosch, 1979, University Papua New Guinea, 1981, University Florida, 1984, University Colombo, since 1984, Lafayette College, Pennsylvania, 1985, University Hong Kong, 1989.


  • Bar: Sri Lanka, Victoria, Fiji, Papua, New Guinea.


Chairman Weeramantry International Center for Peace Education and Research (WICPER). Bars of Sri Lanka, Victoria, Fiji, Papua New Guinea. Numerous United Nations panels, committees etc.

  • Bar Association of Sri Lanka (life).


Married Elizabeth Rosemary De Sampayo, March 30, 1959. Children: Ravindra, Shalini, Nilmini, Romesh, Roshini.

Gregory Weeramantry

Lilian (Dewapurarathne) Weeramantry

Elizabeth Rosemary De Sampayo

Ravindra Weeramantry

Shalini Weeramantry

Nilmini Weeramantry

Romesh Weeramantry

Roshini Weeramantry