The World Congress on International Law with the theme “Contemporary Issues on International Law” held from the 9th to 11th of January, 2015 at New Delhi, India. The three-day Conference was declared open with an Inaugural Address delivered by Hon’ble Shri Pranab M. H. Ansari the Vice President of India, as well as a Special Address by Judge Peter Tomka, President of International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague who also made presentation during the Conference. Among participants in the Conference were several eminent jurists and learned scholars from different jurisdictions in the world including Judge Ahmed Yusuf and Justice Dalveer Bhandari (Convener, Steering Committee of the World Congress on International Law) both of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague, Professor Ved P. Nanda (John Evans Distinguished Professor, Thomson G. Marsh Professor of Law, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law), Professor Jan Wouters, Professor of International Law, Leuven, Belgium.
Over 100 abstracts were submitted and the selection process was highly competitive. However, it is a thing of joy that the abstract on “An Appraisal of United Nations Efforts in International Environmental Protection” submitted by Gaius Okwezuzu of the Faculty of Law, Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, was among those selected. The World Congress on International Law can indeed be considered very valuable to Benson Idahosa University. First, the only delegate that attended the conference as an invited speaker from a university in Africa was from Benson Idahosa University. It therefore afforded a glorious opportunity to showcase the University: participants from different parts of the world have come to be acquainted with the University; valuable contacts with the outside world have also been established with our Law Faculty and the University in general. Second, it has added value to the university by the availability of the highly valuable presentations by eminent jurists and scholars to the staff and students of the Faculty of Law and the University as a whole. Of great significance is the fact that our Law Faculty including staff and students of the Faculty is now abreast with the current trends in various aspects of International Law. Finally, the Conference is also of great benefit to Gaius Okwezuzu who personally participated in the Conference. First, the Conference has enhanced his competence and performance as a Law teacher. Second, it has granted him exposure at the international realm. The World Congress on International Law was indeed a remarkable event.