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New online database & commentary on the jurisprudence of the International Criminal Court

30/08/2007 – 1:58 pm | Comments Off on New online database & commentary on the jurisprudence of the International Criminal Court

A new online database & commentary on the jurisprudence of the International Criminal Court is available at www.iclklamberg.com. The purpose of the website is to provide the starting point for researchers and practitioners working in the field of international criminal law by presenting up-to-date jurisprudence and the most relevant parts of doctrine.
At the moment the jurisprudence of the ICC is sorted on the Court’s …

The European Identity

30/08/2007 – 10:11 am | Comments Off on The European Identity

According to a press release of the EU Parliament, the Parliament will work closely with the Commission to conclude the drafting of the EU Reform Treaty, although “some issues still need to be properly discussed“. What is interesting here is the fact that the two organs, which in essence represent the unity (vs. diversity) of the European Union, work so closely together in order to …

Update on the Hoshinmaru Case

20/08/2007 – 8:09 am | Comments Off on Update on the Hoshinmaru Case

On Friday the ITLOS announced that Russia had released the Japanese fishing vessel Hoshinmaru and its crew following the courts judgment of 6 August 2007 (see earlier reports here, here and here). I guess this is another good example of the fact that public international law is indeed being followed by (most) States and that it provides a functional framework for inter-State relationships. And although one …

Elections in Sierra Leone

11/08/2007 – 1:17 pm | Comments Off on Elections in Sierra Leone

Today, five years after the end of a vicious civil war, the people of Sierra Leone are going to the polls to elect a president and members of parliament. Still the country is far from recovered from the war. According to a UN Secretary General report in May, overall poor living conditions along with “high rates of youth unemployment… remain key threats to the country’s …

Case 14 and 15 before the ITLOS

09/08/2007 – 12:30 pm | One Comment

On 6 August 2007 the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) presented its judgments in the “Tomimaru” Case (No. 15) and “Hoshinmaru” Case (No. 14) – see also the previous entry of 31 July 2007: New Cases for the ITLOS.
The Cases had been filed with the ITLOS on 6 July 2007 by Japan against the Russian Federation and concerned the release of …

International Day of the World's Indigenous People

09/08/2007 – 9:44 am | Comments Off on International Day of the World's Indigenous People

Today, the world celebrates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. To learn more, visit the website of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights or read the Message of the UN Secretary-General on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. 

A bit late but nevertheless

08/08/2007 – 7:57 am | Comments Off on A bit late but nevertheless

Yesterday, the UN Special Representative for Timor-Leste finally got around to condemn the violence in the capital Dili. Mr Khare announced that he considered the violence, which had broken out after the president had announced the new government, to be sporadic and isolated. Nevertheless, he reassured that those who participate in the violence would be treated as criminals.
The fact that the violence could not be averted in …

New Government in East Timor

07/08/2007 – 6:36 am | Comments Off on New Government in East Timor

Although elections were held in East Timor already in June 2007, the formation of a new government was significantly delayed; until now. Yesterday, President Jose Ramos-Horta, decided that the former independence leader and first President of the young nation, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão is to be the new PM. While the formation of a new government had not been possible following the June elections (it …

ITLOS to deliver judgment

06/08/2007 – 7:58 am | Comments Off on ITLOS to deliver judgment

On 6 August 2007, the ITLOS will deliver its judgments in the cases “Hoshinmaru” and “Tomimaru”, which had been brought before the court on 6 July 2007 (see the previous post).  A detailed comment on the judgments will follow as soon as they have been made public.

Fighting terrorism – European and American approach

03/08/2007 – 9:08 am | Comments Off on Fighting terrorism – European and American approach

On Wednesday, the Financial Times published an interesting article by Professor Jack L. Goldsmith on the seeming convergence between Europeans’ and Americans’ approach to fight terrorism. Another sign which might point in this very direction is the recent agreement reached between the European Union and the United States on the sharing of passenger flight data.
According to Goldsmith, there are several indications that Europe is getting grim on …

Peacekeeping in Darfur

02/08/2007 – 7:58 am | Comments Off on Peacekeeping in Darfur

On Tuesday, the UN Security Council finally authorized the establishment of a new peacekeeping force (UNAMID) for Darfur.
According to the new Resolution 1769, the size of the operation is quite significant: comprising of up to 19,555 military personnel and a civilian component, including up to 3,772 police personnel and 19 formed police units of up to 140 personnel each, this will probably be the largest …