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New cases for the ITLOS

31/07/2007 – 8:45 am | Comments Off on New cases for the ITLOS

On 6th July the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) received two applications on behalf of Japan and against the Russian Federation. According to the applications, Japan requests the prompt release of two fishing vessels and the crew of one of those vessels (the Hoshinmaru and 17 crew members and the Tomimaru).
Apparently, the Hoshinmaru had been boarded on 1 June 2007 …

Russia and the ECHR: Tensions Rising?

27/07/2007 – 8:54 am | Comments Off on Russia and the ECHR: Tensions Rising?

The European Court of Human Rights has yet again condemned the actions of Russian armed forces in Chechnya. The case at hand, Musayev and others v. Russia, concerns a (para-)military operation conducted in early 2000 in the course of which numerous persons were killed and others mistreated. In a unanimous judgment delivered on 26 July, the ECHR found a violation of the right to life, …

Is the British Judge on the bench of the first trial at the ICC coming to The Hague?

11/07/2007 – 11:19 am | Comments Off on Is the British Judge on the bench of the first trial at the ICC coming to The Hague?

Today the BBC reports that the four 21/7 bomb plotters get life. The judge of the aforementioned trial, Mr Justice Fulford QC, is also a judge on the bench of the first trial at the ICC. The conclusion of the trial concening the 21/7 bomb plotters means that Judge Fulford is now one step closer to The Hague.
In its decision on the 6 March of 2007 the ICC …

UN Official Probable Succesor of Carla Del Ponte

02/07/2007 – 2:26 pm | Comments Off on UN Official Probable Succesor of Carla Del Ponte

New York Times reports that Carla Del Ponte probable successor as the ICTY Prosecutor is Serge Brammertz. I believe that Serge Brammertz has already been asked whether he wants to assume the position and that he has accepted. Two weeks ago the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a press release that Serge Brammertz had resigned from the ICC. Serge Brammertz has already been on leave …

Different presidency – Same success?

01/07/2007 – 9:06 pm | Comments Off on Different presidency – Same success?

Starting today, Portugal will take over the presidency in the EU Council (see: presidency website). This is reason enough to take a look back on the achievements of the past 6 month under the German presidency.
One has to acknowledge that the presidency did indeed accomplish to strengthen the EU’s transparency and to promote the image of the union with its people; according to a recent …

Anniversary of the International Criminal Court

01/07/2007 – 8:21 am | Comments Off on Anniversary of the International Criminal Court

On July 1st, the ICC celebrated its 5th anniversary. As of 1st January 2007 an impressive 104 States have signed the Rome Statute of the ICC. Considering the rather controversial nature of the “ICC-project”, namely the prosecution of persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern, i.e. genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, this number is indeed strong. The Secretary General …