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2008 Special Observances

31/12/2007 – 11:37 pm | Comments Off on 2008 Special Observances

The year 2008 has been chosen by the United Nations General Assembly to inter alia be the International Year of Languages, the International Year of the Potato, the International Year of Planet Earth, and the International Year of Sanitation.

Schengen is expanding

21/12/2007 – 10:04 am | Comments Off on Schengen is expanding

In an effort to ease the free movement of the citizens of the European Union, land and sea border controls with the new member States (i.e. Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia) are being lifted today 21 December 2007 (air borders will follow in March 2008). After it was determined that the nine Schengen candidate countries had met the …

British mining corporations and human rights

17/12/2007 – 9:48 pm | Comments Off on British mining corporations and human rights

 British NGO War on Want published in November 2007 a comprehensive report on the role of British mining companies in conflict and the violation of human rights.  The Report explicitly mentions the following British corporations: Anglo America, AngloGold Ashanti, BHP Billiton, Global Coal Management, Montericco Metals, Oxus Gold, Sibuyan Nickel Property Development Corp., Vedanta Resources and Xstrata. You can read report and company’s responses here. In …

Territorial and Maritime Dispute (Nicaragua v. Colombia), (Preliminary Objections), Judgment of 13 December 2007

15/12/2007 – 5:10 pm | Comments Off on Territorial and Maritime Dispute (Nicaragua v. Colombia), (Preliminary Objections), Judgment of 13 December 2007

Introduction
This is a short commentary of the judgment on preliminary objections based on the ICJ’s press release No. 2007/30 of 13 December 2007. The case was brought before the ICJ by Nicaragua on 6 December 2001. Nicaragua argued that the dispute concerned inter alia the validity of the 1928 Treaty, the interpretation of the 1928 Treaty as regards the geographical scope of the San Andrés …

House of Lords decides on detention without trial by UK forces in Iraq

13/12/2007 – 1:09 pm | Comments Off on House of Lords decides on detention without trial by UK forces in Iraq

On 12 December 2007, the United Kingdom House of Lords, issued a long awaited judgment in the case of R (on the application of Al-Jedda) v Secretary of State of Defence [2007] UKHL. Al-Jedda was a national of both Iraq and the UK who had been detained in October 2004 by UK forces operating in Iraq as part of the multinational force authorised by …

Signing ceremony of the Treaty of Lisbon

13/12/2007 – 9:15 am | Comments Off on Signing ceremony of the Treaty of Lisbon

Today the Treaty of Lisbon amending the Treaty on the European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community will be signed in Lisbon. The ceremony, at which all 27 heads of State and government of the European Union as well as the president of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering and the president of the European …

Human Rights Day 2007 – Remember the UDHR?

10/12/2007 – 9:36 am | One Comment

Today (10th December) the world celebrates Human Rights Day. The event is meant as a commemoration of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which took place on 10 December 1948. Based on the fact that by next year the adoption of the UDHR was 60 years ago, Human Rights Day 2007 marks the start of a year-long commemoration of the 60th …

The EU and the International Criminal Court

10/12/2007 – 8:41 am | Comments Off on The EU and the International Criminal Court

The Council of the European Union recently published a report on the co-operation and interaction between the EU and the International Criminal Court (ICC) (an English version can be found here). The report highlights in particular how the EU can co-ordinate the foreign policy positions of the EU member States with regard to the activities of the ICC. Furthermore it underlines the commitment of the …