Provisional World Parliament
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The Seventh Session of the Provisional World Parliament convened as planned
on 26th December 2003, at the Palmgrove Hotel, Chennai (Madras), India,
inaugurated by former India Supreme Court Justice P. B. Sawant, and presided
by Dr. Terence P. Amerasinghe and by Sir Dr. Reinhart Ruge.
The Session deliberated and adopted four new legislative statutes:
Two legislative statutes were introduced, sent to Committee for report
at the Eighth Session of the Provisional World Parliament:
One major legislative amendment to World Legislative Act #9, for the Ministry of the Environment was introduced, deliberated and tabled to the next Session, and one resolution on citizen responsibilities was introduced, deliberated and tabled to the next Session.
The Session deliberated and adopted four new resolutions and one memorial:
The Session formed a judicial committee for the purpose of elaborating a legislative draft for a World Bench for Juvenile Cases, as indicated by the Criminal Court Statute.
Additional information on the bills presented at the Seventh Session of the Provisional World Parliament is accessible at www.worldproblems.net. The legislative work, as amended and adopted by the Provisional World Parliament will be posted at this web site as soon as possible.
A motion was made by the City Montessori School delegation to reconvene as the Eighth Session of the Provisional World Parliament in August 2004 in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. This proposal was unanimously adopted.
As both Speakers were faced with personal emergencies, and
as most of the deliberative agenda of the Provisional World Parliament
had been addressed before the end of the day on 29th December, the Session
adjourned one day early. Provisional World Parliament Vice-President and
Treasurer, Dr. Glen T. Martin, presided on the final day of deliberations.
The Rome Statute was well drafted by professional jurists, and has been ratified by 92 national governments that have declared it to be conditionally supreme world law. These governments have also convened what is called the Assembly of States Parties, which has authority, albeit under instruction, to draft, deliberate and adopt world statutory law. In a limited and ad hoc sense, the Assembly of States Parties functions as a legislative body to the World.
With these limitations, some great difficulties existed for the Rome Statute, and for the citizens of Earth affected by the Rome Statute as drafted by the Assembly. For one, the Rome Statute was originally drafted and adopted as a confederal court process, without true, full compulsory jurisdiction, that is, without benefit of the knowledge of the Constitution for the Federation of Earth:
* Articles 2 and 16 allowed the United Nations Security Council
to override decisions of the World Court.
The legislative bill of the World Bench for Criminal Cases was
introduced to re-consider the Rome Statute of the International Criminal
Court. The purpose was to deliberate and adopt improvements to give the
Statute true character as global, just, world legislation, amenable by
the World Parliament. The Seventh Session of the Provisional World Parliament
considered the weaknesses and loopholes of the original Rome Statute.
After deliberation, these significant proposed changes were adopted to
greatly strengthen the Statute. In the view of the Provisional World Parliament,
the Statute, as amended, stands as supreme statutory law. It is a legislative
act. As such, it is not subject to ratification by national governments.
However, the Provisional World Parliament did enact a separate Memorial
to the Assembly of States Parties, urging the Assembly to adopt the
amended version of the Statute, as well as two other related statutory
acts of the Provisional World Parliament: Rules of Procedure &
Evidence, and the Criminal Code Penalty Classification.
These final two acts were largely based on the work of the Assembly of
States Parties and on features of the criminal justice system in the State
of Arizona, in the United States.
It is noteworthy that from Rules of Procedure & Evidence, only about one page was amended out of the original document of 97 pages. The new Rules of Procedure & Evidence includes provisions for jury process. Lack of jury provisions had been a major objection to the original statutes for the world criminal justice system, but now the Provisional World Parliament is further addressing this concern with its newly formed World Jury Commission.
The Global Accounting Standards that were adopted by the Session
were based on the standards of the International
Accounting Standards Board. It is hoped that by adopting these
rigorous and professionally developed standards, the Provisional World
Parliament is constructing a stronger fiscal base for its operations.
Attested: Eugenia Almand,
Parliamentary Secretary, Provisional World Parliament