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Maritime interdiction to support the Libyan arms embargo

31/03/2011 – 3:10 pm | One Comment

One aspect of the UN Security Council Resolutions on Libya that has not received much attention is the authorization of maritime interdiction for the purposes of enforcing the arms embargo against Libya.  Yet, there are a number of interesting questions that arise in this context.
The arms embargo against Libya was established in UN Security Council Resolution 1970 in order to:
prevent the direct or indirect supply, …

The legality of arming rebels in Libya?

31/03/2011 – 10:55 am | One Comment

One of the legal questions that has arisen in the context of the intervention in Libya is the legality of arming the rebel groups fighting the Libyan regime – see for example a recent piece in the Guardian newspaper on this subject.  Attention seems to be focussed on whether or not this would amount to a violation of the arms embargo imposed by the UN …

What law is applicable to the situation in Libya?

28/03/2011 – 10:56 pm | One Comment

That is an open-ended question which I got recently. Well, given the grave situation in Libya with its many facets, such a question calls for a somewhat long response; even if time as a variable remains relative. And speaking about time, before getting to the question itself, the response of the international community to the crisis in Libya probably has set a new world record …

A Critique of 'Humanitarian' Interventionism in Libya

20/03/2011 – 11:33 pm | One Comment

Following the questions raised about the discharge of the responsibility to protect by Gentian Zyberi in his recent post on the situation in Libya, and the remarks I previously made on the situation in Egypt and the responsibility of the international community, I would like to draw our readers’ attention to a revealing and insightful analysis conducted by two UCLA scholars in an opinion article …

Taylor trial comes to an end – verdict expected in the coming months

15/03/2011 – 9:33 am | Comments Off on Taylor trial comes to an end – verdict expected in the coming months

Charles Ghankay Taylor, the former President of Liberia, was indicted under seal on 7 March 2003 while in office. The indictment was announced on 4 June 2003 on his first trip outside of Liberia. In August 2003 Taylor resigned as president and went into exile in Nigeria. He was transferred to the Special Court for Sierra Leone on 29 March 2006. Due to …

Devastating natural disaster hits Japan

12/03/2011 – 11:17 am | Comments Off on Devastating natural disaster hits Japan

Japan has been hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami resulting in the loss of lives of hundreds of people and material damage. The number of victims is expected to raise. As if that were not enough harm, there seems to be problems with the cooling system of three nuclear power plants and there was a blast in one of them. The images of the …

Update on the situation in Libya

12/03/2011 – 10:54 am | Comments Off on Update on the situation in Libya

On 28 February the EU imposed sanctions against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, implementing resolution 1970 (2011) adopted by the UN’s Security Council on 26 February and imposing additional EU measures. The sanctions include an embargo on arms, ammunition and equipment that could be used for the repression of protesters; an assets freeze; and a visa ban on Colonel Gaddafi, members of his family and other …

Functional Immunity at the ICTY

01/03/2011 – 5:16 pm | Comments Off on Functional Immunity at the ICTY

In a previous post I drew attention to issues relating to functional immunity for a Defence Counsel practicing before the ICTR. A similar issue has arisen before the ICTY, involving domestic criminal proceedings against an investigator and other members of a Defence team, and seizure of documents and other materials. On 14 February 2011 the Appeals Chamber rendered a decision in the case of Prosecutor …