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Call for papers: International Law, Genocide and Imperialism: The Colonial Origins of Human Rights?

30/05/2012 – 7:20 am | Comments Off on Call for papers: International Law, Genocide and Imperialism: The Colonial Origins of Human Rights?

Critical Legal Conference 2012
Stockholm, 14-16 September 2012

Call for papers for the stream
International Law, Genocide and Imperialism:
The Colonial Origins of Human Rights?
In Memoriam Vincent Keter
Stream organisers: Jose-Manuel Barreto (Goldsmiths College London), Fernanda Bragato (UNISINOS, Porto Alegre), Prabhakar Singh (National University of Singapore).
Anghie’s thesis according to which the ‘colonial origins of international law’ can be found in the context of the Conquest of America and the …

10 Year Anniversary of the International Criminal Court focuses on the U.S. and The Hague Tradition

30/05/2012 – 7:17 am | Comments Off on 10 Year Anniversary of the International Criminal Court focuses on the U.S. and The Hague Tradition

On July 4, 2012, at 11:00 am, in honor of the 10 year anniversary of the International Criminal Court, U.S. students, citizens and diplomats will convene a celebration at Grotius’ Tomb, The Nieuwe Kerk, Delft, the Netherlands.  The event mirrors, in part, the historic July 4, 1899 ‘Grotius commemoration” led by the U.S. delegation to the 1899 Hague Peace Conference.
U.S. Ambassador for Global Criminal Justice, …

Water Crisis: Interview with Matt Damon, co-founder of Water.org

28/05/2012 – 1:21 pm | Comments Off on Water Crisis: Interview with Matt Damon, co-founder of Water.org

THE CAUSE: TOWARDS REALIZATION OF A HUMAN RIGHT TO CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION.
THE MOTIVATION: TOWARDS IMPROVED HEALTH CONDITIONS, HYGIENE AND SANITATION; ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION; AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.
A candid interview with Water.org cofounder Matt Damon about the water crisis and what Water.org is doing to bring about change. Visit the Water Network at:
http://water.tallyfox.com/mosaic/video/interview-matt-damon-about-water-crisis?goback=.gde_46277_member_119089640
To learn more about the crisis, spread the word, and what you can do to …

SEMINAR: Terrorism & Security Research in the UK: Using and Understanding Legal Resources

26/05/2012 – 5:05 am | Comments Off on SEMINAR: Terrorism & Security Research in the UK: Using and Understanding Legal Resources

SEMINAR: Terrorism & Security Research in the UK: Using and Understanding Legal Resources
Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London
This training is designed for PhD candidates & early career academics; researchers in NGOs and government; and those in policy or related positions who use academic research. It will benefit researchers with or without legal qualifications.
Speakers from academia, NGOs, the media, the parliamentary library, and …

ICC Prosecutor Statement to the United Nations Security Council on the situation in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, pursuant to UNSCR 1970 (2011)

23/05/2012 – 10:58 am | Comments Off on ICC Prosecutor Statement to the United Nations Security Council on the situation in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, pursuant to UNSCR 1970 (2011)

The Prosecutor of the ICC, Mr Luis Moreno Ocampo, made a statement before the Security Council on 16 May 2012 with regard to the situation in Libya. For the full text of his statement click here. The full text of the third report of the OTP to the Security Council of the United Nations is available here.
Mr Ocampo started his statement by giving a short …

The OTP position on complementarity – International Criminal Court ‐ Pacific Outreach Roundtable (Sydney, 16 February 2012)

23/05/2012 – 10:39 am | Comments Off on The OTP position on complementarity – International Criminal Court ‐ Pacific Outreach Roundtable (Sydney, 16 February 2012)

In speaking about the Office of the Prosecutor’s (OTP) experience in respecting complementarity at the International Criminal Court ‐ Pacific Outreach Roundtable in Sydney, the Prosecutor-elect, Ms Fatou Bensouda stated that the Court will only do a few cases. She emphasized that conducting these cases according to the highest international legal standards is important.
Ms Bensouda stated that as those primary responsible for investigating and prosecuting …

Sri Lanka: The potential and promise, three years after the end of war : op-Ed by Salma Yusuf

20/05/2012 – 9:16 am | Comments Off on Sri Lanka: The potential and promise, three years after the end of war : op-Ed by Salma Yusuf

The third anniversary celebrations since the end of a three-decade war that ravaged Sri Lanka was held on 19 May 2012. The following op-Ed assesses the prospects for Transitional Justice as the nation moves on from a phase of post-war to a phase of post-conflict.
The potential and promise,
three years after the end of war
By Salma Yusuf
Source: The Sunday Times
Available at : http://www.sundaytimes.lk/120513/News/nws_29.html
THE CONTEXT
As Sri …

International ‘Global Spring’ Assembly releases manifesto in preparation for mass world-wide protests

20/05/2012 – 8:59 am | Comments Off on International ‘Global Spring’ Assembly releases manifesto in preparation for mass world-wide protests

Global May Manifesto
As hundreds of thousands of people around the world prepared to take to the streets throughout May 2012 as part of a global call for change, the International ‘Global Spring’ Assembly released its first statement describing concrete suggestions for a ‘global change’.
11th May 2012 – Published by Occupy London
As hundreds of thousands of people around the world prepare to take to the streets …

Russia calls on ICC to consider NATO air campaign in Libya

19/05/2012 – 2:23 pm | Comments Off on Russia calls on ICC to consider NATO air campaign in Libya

MOSCOW, May 18 – . Russia hopes that the International Criminal Court will assess all of the NATO bombardments in Libya that resulted in civilian casualties, Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights and Democracy Konstantin Dolgov said on Friday.
He added that Russia has closely studied Human Rights Watchs report, “Unacknowledged Deaths: Civilian Casualties in NATOs Air Campaign in Libya,” which sheds light on the civilian …

Mladic to face genocide charges

19/05/2012 – 2:19 pm | Comments Off on Mladic to face genocide charges

Ratko Mladic led ethnic cleansing, war crimes trial told
BBC’s Mike Wooldridge: “The prosecutor said Ratko Mladic was implementing a plan to exterminate non-Serbs”
Former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic intended to “ethnically cleanse” Bosnia, the opening day of his war crimes trial has heard. Gen Mladic faces 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including genocide, in connection with the brutal 1992-95 Bosnian …

Consultation on the Amendments to the Regulations of the Registry of the International Criminal Court

18/05/2012 – 11:15 am | Comments Off on Consultation on the Amendments to the Regulations of the Registry of the International Criminal Court

In light of the strong impact that the amendments to the Regulations of the Registry could bring to the judicial proceedings of the Court, the Registry of the ICC has invited international law experts to provide their comments on these amendments. You may find the Regulations of the Registry with proposed amendments here: English | French
Comments on these amendments can be submitted throughout the month of May 2012. In …

Kuala Lampur Tribunal: Former US President Bush Guilty of War Crimes

18/05/2012 – 8:56 am | 2 Comments

Today, Friday 18 May 2012, Former US President George W. Bush and seven members of his administration, including Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and their legal advisers Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo – were found guilty of war crimes following their trial in abstentia by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWCC) – a non-governmental tribunal of conscience. Curiously, it appears that the story has yet …

Judges of the International Residual Mechanism Sworn In

13/05/2012 – 1:43 pm | Comments Off on Judges of the International Residual Mechanism Sworn In

The ICTY press releases related to these events are available here (24 April 2012) and here (27 April 2012). They are reproduced here below with some small changes. The Residual Mechanism has a roster of 25 judges who will serve both branches of the Mechanism as set out in the Statute. These judges were elected by the General Assembly on 20 December 2011 from a …

International Essay Contest organized by Japan’s Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO

10/05/2012 – 2:42 pm | One Comment

THEME: “Creating the Future We Want”
Future begins with the vision we hold now. What kind of future do you wish to create for yourself and the world? Please share your dream and ideas for making it a reality.
DEADLINE: Entries must be received by June 30, 2012.
PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING LINK FOR SUBMISSION CRITERIA AND GUIDELINES:
http://www.goipeace.or.jp/english/activities/programs/1201.html
For inquires, please contact essay@goipeace.or.jp

Commonwealth Research Seminar Series

10/05/2012 – 2:26 pm | Comments Off on Commonwealth Research Seminar Series

Commonwealth Research Seminar Series: What happened to ‘garibi hatao’? India’s Congress Party and the politics of poverty

James Chiriyankandath (ICwS)
Date: Tuesday 22 May 2012
Venue: Room 265 (Senate House, second floor)
Venue addresses:
Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Stewart House, 32 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DN
IALS, 17 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DR
For further information, please contact ics@sas.ac.uk

Call for Submissions from the Goettingen Journal of International Law

10/05/2012 – 11:12 am | Comments Off on Call for Submissions from the Goettingen Journal of International Law

The Goettingen Journal of International Law (GoJIL), founded in 2007, is currently seeking submissions for its 5th International Law Essay Competition. GoJIL is an e-journal of legal scholarship focusing on International Law. It is the first student-run German International Law journal published exclusively in English. The journal is available online and free of charge. If you win, your article will be published in Vol. 4 …

Salma Yusuf, Human Rights and The Environment – A View from the European Court of Human Rights

09/05/2012 – 6:08 am | One Comment

TITLE OF ESSAY : HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE ENVIRONMENT –
A VIEW FROM THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
AUTHOR OF ESSAY: SALMA YUSUF
BASED ON A PAPER PUBLISHED AT UNITED KINGDOM ENVIRONMENTAL LAW ASSOCIATION
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The paper is set within the context of the emerging discourse on environmental security and sustainable development. It seeks to inject a new paradigm into the discourse by demonstrating how a human rights …

Opening Remarks to The Editorial Team and Members of International Law Observer by Salma Yusuf

09/05/2012 – 5:44 am | Comments Off on Opening Remarks to The Editorial Team and Members of International Law Observer by Salma Yusuf

Greetings to fellow members of the international legal community representing the diverse jurisdictions and legal systems of the world!
It is both a pleasure and a privilege to be welcomed to the distinguished Panel of Authors of the Editorial Team at the International Law Observer. Thank you, Dominik Zimmerman, Editor-in-Chief of the International Law Observer, for the kind words of introduction.
It is indeed humbling to be …