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Justice Bhandari Elected as ICJ Judge

27/04/2012 – 5:56 pm | 2 Comments

On 27 April 2012, the General Assembly and the Security Council of the United Nations elected Mr. Dalveer Bhandari as a Member of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), with immediate effect.
Of Indian nationality, Mr. Bhandari succeeds Mr. Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh (Jordan), former judge and Vice-President of the Court, who resigned last year. Pursuant to Article 15 of the Statute of the Court, Mr. Bhandari will …

Judgment issued in the Taylor trial

27/04/2012 – 5:33 pm | Comments Off on Judgment issued in the Taylor trial

* This post is based on the SCSL Press Release (Outreach and Public Affairs Office) of 26 April 2012 and includes only minor changes.
Charles Ghankay Taylor, the former President of Liberia, was convicted on 26 April 2012 on all counts of an 11-count indictment which alleged that he was responsible for crimes committed by rebel forces during Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war. Trial Chamber II, …

Disingenuous ‘Disengagement’: Israel’s Occupation of the Gaza Strip and the Protective Function of the Law of Belligerent Occupation

25/04/2012 – 1:33 am | Comments Off on Disingenuous ‘Disengagement’: Israel’s Occupation of the Gaza Strip and the Protective Function of the Law of Belligerent Occupation

Cross-posted from Opinio Juris.
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This is the third post of our Symposium on the Functional Approach to the Law of Occupation. Earlier posts can be found in the Related Links at the end of this post.
By far one of the most challenging questions for the international law of belligerent occupation pertains to the termination of occupation. The law states that “occupation comes to an end when an occupant …

Salzburg Law School Summer Session: International Criminal, Humanitarian and Human Rights Law

24/04/2012 – 11:06 am | Comments Off on Salzburg Law School Summer Session: International Criminal, Humanitarian and Human Rights Law

The Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law (SLS) welcomes applications for its Fourteenth Summer Session, Sunday 5 to Friday 17 August 2012, under the draft title

“Enforcing International Criminal Law

Through the Complementarity Regime of the Rome Statute!
Demand and Reality”
This year’s topical focus sets the ground for a critical assessment of the concept of the Rome Statute’s complementarity regime, its interpretation in the …

‘Human rights and EU crisis management operations: a duty to respect and to protect?’

17/04/2012 – 10:57 pm | Comments Off on ‘Human rights and EU crisis management operations: a duty to respect and to protect?’

With thanks to Tamara Takacs for bringing this to my attention!
‘Human rights and EU crisis management operations: a duty to respect and to protect?’
Workshop organised by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut and the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) in cooperation with the Netherlands Defense Academy on 25 May 2012 at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague.
The conference will bring together a group of academic and …

Meloni & Tognoni: Is there a court for Gaza? A test bench for international justice

09/04/2012 – 6:43 pm | Comments Off on Meloni & Tognoni: Is there a court for Gaza? A test bench for international justice

Dr. Chantal Meloni (researcher in international criminal law at the University of Milan, and an Alexander Von Humboldt scholar at the University of Berlin, who was based in Gaza during 2010 at the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)), and Dr. Gianni Tognoni (Secretary-General to the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, residing in the Lelio Basso Foundation, Rome, Italy) just published ‘Is There A Court for Gaza? …

ICC Jurisdiction in Palestine: Blurring Law and Politics

09/04/2012 – 7:47 am | One Comment

Cross-posted from The Jurist.
On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) for the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued its decision on the situation in Palestine, stating that is unable to proceed with its preliminary examination at this time. The decision came over three years after Palestine submitted a declaration under Article 12(3) of the Rome Statute of the ICC in order to trigger the jurisdiction of the Court as …

Pre-Trial Chamber I Requests Libya to Surrender Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi

04/04/2012 – 11:45 pm | Comments Off on Pre-Trial Chamber I Requests Libya to Surrender Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi

Introduction
On 4 April 2012, Pre-Trial Chamber I issued its ‘Decision Regarding the Second Request by the Government of Libya for Postponement of the Surrender of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi’. This is a short, but very interesting decision (nine pages long). In the dispositif, the Chamber rejected Libya’s Second Postponement Request and reiterated its request that Libya make its decision to grant the Surrender Request and proceed …