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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 …

New Blog

25/11/2011 – 9:14 am | Comments Off on New Blog

Check out the new blog entitled LieberCode by Professor Jens David Ohlin of Cornell Law School. As the title of the blog indicates, the posts that have been published so far deal with subjects on the laws of war and international criminal law. I might suggest that you take a look at the recent entry on the subject of Libya’s Duty to Cooperate with the …

Protecting the Rights of Roma – New Resources from the CoE

25/11/2011 – 8:59 am | Comments Off on Protecting the Rights of Roma – New Resources from the CoE

In an effort to combat the marginalisation of the Roma people and to contribute to their full integration into society, the Council of Europe has published factsheets ‘Protecting the Rights of Roma’.
Key to the process of integration is the education of both Roma and non-Roma. Knowledge about the history and culture of the Roma nation, which numerically is the largest minority in Europe, is still …

The ICC and Libya: another test for the complementarity principle?

23/11/2011 – 11:55 pm | 2 Comments

On 22 November, Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided to terminate the case against Muammar Gaddafi (for the full text of the decision see here). It remains to be seen whether anyone from the opposing forces will be tried by the Libyan authorities for killing Gaddafi on 20 October after having captured him. The ICC’s involvement with regard to the situation …

Shared responsibility for injury despite the existence or not of a wrongful act?

18/11/2011 – 6:54 pm | Comments Off on Shared responsibility for injury despite the existence or not of a wrongful act?

Here follows a scenario and a number of inter-related questions, which those looking to write an exciting master thesis might find interesting. This post relates to an underexplored, though interesting issue of shared responsibility for injury caused by acts which can or not be considered as ‘wrongful’. After all, injury can be sustained by a State also from what on their face are perfectly lawful acts …

International Law Observer one of the Top 25 International & Foreign Law Blogs of 2011!

17/11/2011 – 9:12 pm | Comments Off on International Law Observer one of the Top 25 International & Foreign Law Blogs of 2011!

Dear readers,
as we announced in an earlier post two weeks ago, International Law Observer was named one of the nominated candidates for the Top 25 International & Foreign Law Blogs of 2011, featured on the LexisNexis International & Foreign Law Community. It now turns out that our blog has indeed been selected as one of the LexisNexis Top 25 International & Foreign Law Blogs of …

Election of 4 Judges of the ICJ

11/11/2011 – 12:53 pm | One Comment

The voting for the new members of the ICJ took place on 10 November, at the UN headquarters in New York. Candidates need to obtain an absolute majority both at the General Assembly and at the Security Council (ICJ Statute, Article 10).
Judges Hisashi Owada (Japan), Peter Tomka (Slovakia) and Xue Hanqin (China) were re-elected as Members of the Court. Mr. Giorgio Gaja (Italy) was elected …

The ICC Prosecutor Reports to the Security Council on the Situation in Libya

05/11/2011 – 10:37 am | Comments Off on The ICC Prosecutor Reports to the Security Council on the Situation in Libya

On 2 November 2011, the ICC Chief Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, reported to the UN Security Council on the situation in Libya. This is an important report because it shows the steps taken so far by the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP or Office) to investigate the crimes committed in Libya, the interaction with Libyan authorities and issues of complementarity, steps taken to track down assets of …

UNEP ‘Keeping Track of our Changing Environment’ Report

02/11/2011 – 8:19 am | Comments Off on UNEP ‘Keeping Track of our Changing Environment’ Report

In the build-up to the Rio+20 Summit next year, the UNEP has just published its ‘Keeping Track of our Changing Environment’ report. The report tracks global environmental trends and developments since the 1992 Rio Summit. The report highlights a number of disheartening (but hardly surprising) developments such as the increase in global CO2 emission from 1982-2008 and the increase in vertebrate species moving onto the …

Nomination for Top 25 International & Foreign Law Blogs of 2011

02/11/2011 – 7:52 am | Comments Off on Nomination for Top 25 International & Foreign Law Blogs of 2011

We at International Law Observer are glad to share with our readers that this blog has been named one of the nominated candidates for the Top 25 International & Foreign Law Blogs of 2011, featured on the LexisNexis International & Foreign Law Community. Here is the full message from LexisNexis that reached us this morning:

Each year, LexisNexis honors a select group of blogs that set …