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UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty, July 2 – 27, 2012

19/07/2012 – 5:19 pm | 2 Comments

From 2-27 July, all countries of the world are coming together in New York to negotiate what is seen as the most important initiative ever regarding conventional arms regulation within the United Nations. A robust arms trade treaty can make a difference for millions of people confronted with insecurity, deprivation and fear.
The following essential documents available at:
http://www.un.org/disarmament/ATT/?goback=.gde_2622998_member_129646749
– Provisional rules of procedure of the Conference …

First ICC Sentence: 14 years Imprisonment for Lubanga

11/07/2012 – 10:45 am | Comments Off on First ICC Sentence: 14 years Imprisonment for Lubanga

Yesterday the ICC issued its first sentencing judgment. It sentenced Thomas Lubanga Dyilo to 14 years imprisonment for the crimes of conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15 years into the FPLC and using them to participate actively in hostilities within the meaning of Articles 8(2)(e)(vii) and 25(3)(a) of the Statute from early September 2002 to 13 August 2003. The OTP issued a …

Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment Appointed

08/07/2012 – 1:39 pm | Comments Off on Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment Appointed

Earlier in the year the UN’s Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on human rights and the environment which, among other things, called for the appointment of an Independent Expert on human rights and the Environment. The Council has now decided to appoint Professor John Knox of Wake Forest University School of Law.
Professor Knox is a highly respected scholar on human rights in general but …

Sentence in the Lubanga case to be delivered on 10 July

05/07/2012 – 1:26 pm | Comments Off on Sentence in the Lubanga case to be delivered on 10 July

At 9.30 a.m. on 10 July 2012, Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will deliver in open court its decisions pursuant to Articles 75 (reparations to victims) and 76 (sentencing) of the ICC Statute in the case Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. The verdict in this case was rendered on 14 March 2012. Mr Lubanga Dyilo was found guilty of conscripting and enlisting …

The four ICC staff members finally released from Libya

03/07/2012 – 8:54 am | Comments Off on The four ICC staff members finally released from Libya

* This post is based on the ICC Press Releases ICC-CPI-20120702-PR820 and ICC-CPI-20120702-PR821 of 2 July 2012
 In the evening of 2 July 2012, the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Sang-Hyun Song, together with four ICC staff members previously detained in Zintan, Libya, as well as other staff of the Court, left Tripoli to return to The Hague, the Netherlands, on a plane generously …

New Publication: Interactions between International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law for the Protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

02/07/2012 – 7:43 am | Comments Off on New Publication: Interactions between International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law for the Protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

On behalf of the International Law Observer, I am pleased to announce the publication of a guest author, Koldo Casla, a human rights activist and researcher. He holds a LLB-LLM in International and European Law from the University of the Basque Country (Spain), a MA in Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex (UK) and a Fulbright MA in International Studies …