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Palestine becomes UNESCOs 195 member

31/10/2011 – 9:53 pm | Comments Off on Palestine becomes UNESCOs 195 member

Palestine became the 195th full member of UNESCO today, 31 October 2011. The vote of UNESCO’s full membership was 107 to 14, with 52 abstentions. More details on this milestone event for Palestine can be found on UNESCO’s website here and in a newspaper article here. For a video of the statement of the UNESCO Director-General Ms. Irina Bokova on this occasion see here. Hopefully …

7 Billion Strong

31/10/2011 – 8:55 pm | Comments Off on 7 Billion Strong

The UN marked today the global population reaching seven billion (see here). The global population is expected to grow to nine billion by 2050 and to 15 billion by 2100. This milestone event was accompanied with a call to action by top UN officials addressed to world leaders to meet the challenges that a growing population poses, from ensuring adequate food and clean water to …

Basel Ban on the Export of Hazardous Waste to Come into Force

28/10/2011 – 7:18 am | One Comment

At the recent tenth Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, the parties adopted the so-called ‘Basel Bal’ which will ban export of waste from Annex VII countries (OECD, EU and Liechtenstein) to developing countries. The ban was originally adopted in 1995 at the Third Conference of the Parties but has since …

Judge Antonio Cassese, RIP

22/10/2011 – 8:02 pm | One Comment

Judge Antonio Cassese, a great international lawyer who gave the tone to developments in international criminal justice since his election as an international judge and the first President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in 1993, has passed away yesterday in his house in Florence, Italy.
A few days ago when I wrote the post on his resignation as President of the Special …

The Lebanon Tribunal Elects a New President

13/10/2011 – 9:22 pm | Comments Off on The Lebanon Tribunal Elects a New President

This is a short post to note the resignation as President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon on health grounds of Judge Antonio Cassese . The Tribunal elected the new President, Judge Sir David Baragwanath, on 10 October, a day later. Judge Cassese will continue to serve as a Judge of the Tribunal’s Appeals Chamber, focusing on legal matters.
 A detailed press release was issued on …

State Compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights

07/10/2011 – 12:24 pm | Comments Off on State Compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights

Were you wondering about what claims are being brought before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the level of compliance by each Member State of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) with its obligations under this Convention? Were you wondering about what are the most problematic aspects of a specific State’s national legal system? You can get some answers or at least …

The Case of Georgia v. Russia before the ECtHR

04/10/2011 – 12:38 pm | Comments Off on The Case of Georgia v. Russia before the ECtHR

Background and history of the proceedings
The hearings in the inter-State Georgia v. Russia (II) case (application no. 38263/08) before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) were held on 22 September 2011. The webcast of the hearings is available here. For a complete list of inter-State cases before the ECtHR see here.
The formal inter-State application was submitted by the Georgian Government on 6 February 2009. …