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States need to co-operate more with the International Criminal Court

31/10/2007 – 12:05 am | Comments Off on States need to co-operate more with the International Criminal Court

According to a recent statement of a senior official – ICC Registrar Bruno Cathala -, the International Criminal Court (ICC) needs more co-operation from States. Considering the success of the recent arrest of Germain Katanga and his subsequent transfer to ICC custody (see our previous report) one may wonder, what the actual reason is behind this reminder from the ICC.
According to the ICC Registrar Bruno …

Private Security Companies and immunity from prosecution

26/10/2007 – 9:52 am | Comments Off on Private Security Companies and immunity from prosecution

Thanks to a recent post over at OpinioJuris.com my attention was drawn to the fact that the Iraqi government plans to revoke the immunity from prosecution granted to so-called private security companies operating in the country. This immunity is currently based on CPA (Coalition Provision Authority) Order 17. According to a spokesperson, the Iraqi government „decided to scrap the article pertaining to security companies operating …

New Blog on legal issues surrounding manned aerospace activities

22/10/2007 – 10:59 pm | Comments Off on New Blog on legal issues surrounding manned aerospace activities

Today, we at International Law Observer would like to welcome a new Blog to the blogosphere: The Res Communis – A blog on the legal aspects of human activities using aerospace technologies.
The blog describes itself in the following terms: [The blog] focuses on legal issues that result from manned aerospace activities. This includes remote sensing, air, and space law. The blog is an outreach program administered by the …

War crimes suspect transferred to the ICC

18/10/2007 – 3:19 pm | Comments Off on War crimes suspect transferred to the ICC

The ICC today announced that Germain Katanga, the former senior commander of the Congolese militia group FRPI, was surrendered and transferred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) (general overview of the case).
The Pre-Trial Chamber I of the ICC issued a warrent of arrest already on 2 July 2007, based on the allegation that Mr Katanga played an essential role in the planning and implementation of …

Global Environment, International Peace and International Law – Attempts of harmonization

14/10/2007 – 6:12 am | One Comment

On Friday (12 October 2007) the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that Al Gore (the former vice president of the USA) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will be rewarded with this year’s Nobel Peace Price. The motivation presented by the committee was the following: “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations …

Blog action day

14/10/2007 – 12:18 am | Comments Off on Blog action day

A new initiative has been started to draw attention to the issue of the environment – the Blog Action Day. It is based on the collaboration of the blogging community and its ability to reach a wider audience. The basic idea is that all participating blogs on 15 October will unite to put the important issue of the environment on everyone’s mind. Here is …

Blackwater Sued for Killing Iraqi Civilians

13/10/2007 – 4:48 pm | 2 Comments

Victims filed a claim on 10 October against Blackwater USA, the private military contractor whose heavily armed personnel allegedly opened fire on innocent Iraqi civilians in Nisoor Square in Baghdad on 16 Sept 200. The case was brought today by an injured survivor and three families of men killed in the incident, according to the legal team representing the civilians. The case was brought by …

Case Concerning Territorial and Maritime Dispute between Nicaragua and Honduras in the Caribbean Sea

10/10/2007 – 3:50 pm | Comments Off on Case Concerning Territorial and Maritime Dispute between Nicaragua and Honduras in the Caribbean Sea

On 8 October 2007, the International Court of Justice delivered its judgment in the Case Concerning Territorial and Maritime Dispute between Nicaragua and Honduras in the Caribbean Sea. The Case involved a dispute between Nicaragua and Honduras over the delimitation of their maritime boundary, as well as a sovereignty dispute over certain islands and cays adjacent to their coasts. The case was …

Rewarding international law

10/10/2007 – 9:18 am | Comments Off on Rewarding international law

As the Nobel Prizes for the year 2007 are being announced these days (the Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded on Friday, October 12) it might be interesting to note that this years Right Livelihood Award (also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”) went to inter alia the former ICJ-Judge Christopher G Weeramantry from Sri Lanka.
Interesting from an international law perspective is the motivation given …

World Habitat Day

01/10/2007 – 8:08 am | Comments Off on World Habitat Day

The first Monday in October – ie today – is the World Habitat Day. The purpose of this “international day” is “to reflect on the state of human settlements and the basic right to adequate shelter for all. It is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.”
An international conference to mark the World Habitat Day …

International Day of Older Persons

01/10/2007 – 8:05 am | Comments Off on International Day of Older Persons

Today is the International Day for Older Persons. The event is based on the General Assembly Resolution 45/106 of 14 December 1990, which explicitly recognizes that “the elderly are an asset to society and can contribute significantly to the development process”.
The event is based on the recognition of the worldwide demographic revolution due to a fast ageing world. According to UN statistics, today, around 600 …