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Callixte Mbarushimana Released from ICC Custody

31/12/2011 – 3:46 pm | Comments Off on Callixte Mbarushimana Released from ICC Custody

Callixte Mbarushimana was surrendered to the custody of the ICC by French authorities on 25 January 2011, in accordance with the warrant of arrest delivered against him on 28 September 2010 by Pre-Trial Chamber I. In the document containing the charges, the Prosecutor charged Mr Mbarushimana with five counts of crimes against humanity (murder, inhumane acts, rape, torture, and persecution) and eight counts of war …

Extension of dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua

30/12/2011 – 10:58 am | Comments Off on Extension of dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua

With one dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua already pending before the International Court of Justice , Nicaragua has initiated a new claim at the Court alleging that Costa Rica has caused transboundary pollution through the construction of a road on the border of the two countries.

Rest in Peace, President Havel

21/12/2011 – 7:04 pm | Comments Off on Rest in Peace, President Havel

Vaclav Havel, writer and well-known dissident of the communist rule in Czechoslovakia, and from 1989 to 2003 an iconic statesman, first of Czechoslovakia (1989) and then of the Czech Republic (1993) died at 75. The Velvet revolution, which he led, is remembered as one of the few peaceful transitions in Eastern Europe which took a few weeks to complete and where not a single bullet …

Newest elections at the ICC and the ICJ

15/12/2011 – 9:37 pm | Comments Off on Newest elections at the ICC and the ICJ

Two great international lawyers from Africa, Ms. Fatou Bensuda (Gambia) and Ms. Julia Sebutinde (Uganda), have been elected respectively as Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and as Judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Both these African women have had a distinguished career in the area of international legal practice (for their CVs and more information on the election process see respectively …

Durban Outcome

12/12/2011 – 3:34 pm | Comments Off on Durban Outcome

After running into overtime, the 17th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) finished Saturday. While press coverage of the event was somewhat muted compared to previous conferences (the aftermath of the EU Summit in Brussels on Friday night took most of the limelight), the reactions to the outcome range from mildly positive to slight disappointment. Some of the …

The activity of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda for 2010-2011

10/12/2011 – 5:33 pm | Comments Off on The activity of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda for 2010-2011

The Report of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda for the period from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011 was presented before the Security Council on 6 June 2011 by the President of the ICTR, Judge Khalida Rachid Khan. For accessing the full text of the ICTR Annual Report click here.
In her speech Judge Khan provided an update on the progress of the Tribunal towards …

The activity of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for 2010-2011

10/12/2011 – 5:01 pm | Comments Off on The activity of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for 2010-2011

The Report of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for the period from 1 August 2010 to 31 July 2011 was presented before the Security Council on 6 June 2011 by the President of the ICTY, Judge Robinson. The report includes an introductory section, followed by sections focusing respectively on the activity involving the entire Tribunal, the activity of the Chambers, the activity …

The activity of the International Criminal Court for 2010-2011

10/12/2011 – 12:52 pm | Comments Off on The activity of the International Criminal Court for 2010-2011

The Report of the International Criminal Court covering the period 1 August 2010 to 31 July 2011 was presented before the General Assembly of the United Nations on 26 October 2011 by the President of the ICC, Judge Sang‐Hyun Song. In his speech  Judge Sang‐Hyun Song first noted that with two new investigations and several new cases, the Court is busier than ever. He also …

The activity of the International Court of Justice for 2010-2011

10/12/2011 – 12:22 pm | Comments Off on The activity of the International Court of Justice for 2010-2011

The Report of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for the period from 1 August 2010 to 31 July 2011 was presented before the General Assembly of the UN on 26 October 2011 by the ICJ President, Judge Owada. In his speech Judge Owada pointed out that the cases before the Court have involved States from all regions of the world, and have raised a …

The Role of the Council of Europe in the Fight against Trafficking in Persons

07/12/2011 – 3:39 pm | Comments Off on The Role of the Council of Europe in the Fight against Trafficking in Persons

* By Dr. Roberta Avellino
Introduction
The role of the Council of Europe in areas, which affect the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms, has always been of great significance. Consequently, the Council of Europe has also invested in its fight against trafficking in human beings with the protection and promotion of the fundamental human rights of the victims as its primary mission. In fact, …

Introducing a guest post by Roberta Avellino

07/12/2011 – 3:35 pm | Comments Off on Introducing a guest post by Roberta Avellino

This guest post by Dr. Roberta Avellino, who holds a Doctor of Law Degree and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Law from the University of Malta, discusses the role of the Council of Europe in the fight against trafficking in persons with special reference to the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings whilst delineating emerging challenges. In her research Dr. Avellino …

Solving the Eurozone crisis: time is of the essence?

07/12/2011 – 1:08 am | Comments Off on Solving the Eurozone crisis: time is of the essence?

I’d like to start this post with a joke I heard recently. A speaker at an important conference goes on and on for what feels like ages. At some point a guy just stands up and starts heading for the door. The speaker is taken aback and asks: Excuse me, where are you going? The guy turns around and answers: I’m going to have a …

Judgment rendered in the case Application of the Interim Accord of 13 September 1995

05/12/2011 – 11:31 am | Comments Off on Judgment rendered in the case Application of the Interim Accord of 13 September 1995

Today the ICJ delivered its judgment  which is final, without appeal and binding on the Parties, in the case Application of the Interim Accord of 13 September 1995 (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia v. Greece). The press release can be accessed here, the judgment (52 pages) here, and a summary here. Judge Xue appended a dissenting opinion, Judge Simma appended a separate opinion, Judge Bennouna …

The former President of Côte d’Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo, to appear before the ICC

30/11/2011 – 5:55 pm | One Comment

The initial appearance of Laurent Koudou Gbagbo before Pre-Trial Chamber III of the International criminal Court (ICC) is scheduled for Monday, 5 December 2011, at 14:00 (The Hague local time) (see press release here). Mr Gbagbo was transferred to the ICC’s custody on 30 November 2011, in accordance with a warrant of arrest issued (under seal) by Pre-Trial Chamber III on 23 November 2011.
Laurent Koudou …

ICTY Global Legacy Conference

29/11/2011 – 11:06 am | One Comment

Introduction
The ICTY Global Legacy Conference took place in The Hague on 15 and 16 November. It brought together over 350 leading academics, international judges and practitioners, state representatives and members of civil society (see ICTY press release here). The event was nicely organized by the outgoing President Robinson and his team with the financial support of the governments of the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Korea, …

The new Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) website is online

28/11/2011 – 3:12 pm | Comments Off on The new Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) website is online

The new HELP website is now available on-line.  The site is the heart of the European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals, funded by the Human Rights Trust Fund. The programme aims to fully integrate the standards of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) into the curricula of national training institutions for judges and prosecutors (NTI) and of all legal professionals in …

Call for Papers for the Jus Post Bellum Project Launch Conference

28/11/2011 – 3:06 pm | Comments Off on Call for Papers for the Jus Post Bellum Project Launch Conference

The Jus Post Bellum Project at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University has issued a call for papers for the Project’s launch conference.
The conference, entitled “‘Jus-Post-Bellum’: Mapping the normative foundations,” will be held May 31 to June 1, 2012, in The Hague.  The organizers describe the Project as follows:
The proper ending of conflict and the organization of post‐conflict peace is one …

The ICJ to deliver its judgment in the FYROM v Greece case

25/11/2011 – 5:44 pm | 8 Comments

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will deliver its judgment in the case concerning Application of the Interim Accord of 13 September 1995 (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia v. Greece) on Monday, 5 December 2011 (for more information see the Court’s press release here). The case started on 17 November 2008, with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) instituting proceedings against Greece for …