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PluriCourts Fellowships for 3-12 months in 2015 – 2016

08/12/2014 – 3:54 pm | Comments Off on PluriCourts Fellowships for 3-12 months in 2015 – 2016

Temporary positions as visiting scholars at postdoctoral level are available at PluriCourts – Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, a Centre of Excellence at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo for 2015 and 2016. The duration of the contracts is from 3 – 12 months. For more information on the Centre please click here.
The candidates …

Reminder ESIL 2015 Annual Conference: ‘The Judicialization of International Law – A Mixed Blessing ?’, Oslo, September 10-12, 2015

08/12/2014 – 3:35 pm | Comments Off on Reminder ESIL 2015 Annual Conference: ‘The Judicialization of International Law – A Mixed Blessing ?’, Oslo, September 10-12, 2015

The Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law (Oslo, September 10-12, 2015) will be hosted by the University of Oslo’s PluriCourts Center on the Legitimate Roles on the Judiciary in the Global Order. The annual ESIL conference has become one of the indispensable venues for European and international scholars interested in questions of international law.
The conference is entitled “The Judicialization of International Law …

ECCC: Defence lawyers of Ex-Khmer Rouge officials to block first genocide case

19/10/2014 – 11:39 am | Comments Off on ECCC: Defence lawyers of Ex-Khmer Rouge officials to block first genocide case

 The defence lawyers of the two former officials accused announced on Saturday their intention to boycott the first case concerning acts of genocide before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). More specifically, the lawyers plan to block the second case against their clients, until they have had time to appeal the ex-officials’ earlier conviction.
Both their clients, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, were convicted in early August …

First Khmer Rouge era genocide case opens in ECCC

18/10/2014 – 10:34 pm | Comments Off on First Khmer Rouge era genocide case opens in ECCC

The Trial Chamber of Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) this Friday commenced substantive hearings on its first case involving charges of genocide. Both of the accused are high ranking officials of the former Khmer Rouge regime. Nuon Chea was the closest advisor to former leader Pol Pot and Khieu Samphan served as head of state. 
According to the press release made available by the Court, the case …

Supreme Court of Canada rules torture victims cannot sue foreign countries

11/10/2014 – 6:48 pm | Comments Off on Supreme Court of Canada rules torture victims cannot sue foreign countries

Source: JURIST
“The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment] Friday that citizens cannot sue foreign governments for torture. Under the State Immunity Act [text], a foreign state is immune from the jurisdiction of any court in Canada, unless that state has waived such immunity. In the case at hand, a Canadian citizen visited Iran in 2003 as a freelance photographer and journalist and was …

Tribunal welcomed hundreds of visitors on The Hague International Open Doors Day

25/09/2014 – 7:01 am | Comments Off on Tribunal welcomed hundreds of visitors on The Hague International Open Doors Day

PRESS RELEASE

TRIBUNAL

(Exclusively for the use of the media. Not an official document.)

The Hague, 22 September 2014
CS/PR1608e

Tribunal welcomed hundreds of visitors on The Hague International Open Doors Day
The ICTY yesterday welcomed 700 visitors as part of the seventh annual ‘International Open Doors Day’ organised by the Municipality of The Hague. On this day, international organisations across The Hague, including the ICTY, opened their doors to the …

ICC: Request for investigation into alleged Hamas war crimes

08/09/2014 – 11:50 pm | Comments Off on ICC: Request for investigation into alleged Hamas war crimes

The International Criminal Court has received a request to initiate an investigation into Hamas leader, Khaled Meshaal, for alleged war crimes committed under his direction in the Gaza strip. The request was filed by the Israeli based civil rights NGO Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center.
According to the request filed on September 2nd, Meshaal is considered to be “liable for Hamas’s war crime of execution without due …

UN rights chief calls for end to ‘impunity’ after Israel attack on UN school

03/08/2014 – 11:17 am | Comments Off on UN rights chief calls for end to ‘impunity’ after Israel attack on UN school

Source: JURSIT 
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday urged the international community to end what she called a “climate of impunity” [press release] around the Israel-Palestine conflict. In light of the bombardment of a UN school [Reuters report] in Gaza on Wednesday, Pillay called for “real accountability considering the increasing evidence of war crimes and an ever-growing number of civilian …

Joint declaration on Israel’s Gaza offensive: The International Community Must End Israel’s Collective Punishment of the Civilian Population in the Gaza Strip

01/08/2014 – 9:56 am | Comments Off on Joint declaration on Israel’s Gaza offensive: The International Community Must End Israel’s Collective Punishment of the Civilian Population in the Gaza Strip

A large group of international law academics and practitioners has adopted the following statement on the dire situation in Gaza. We at the ILO hope that this last confrontation that has claimed so many innocent lives will serve as a strong reminder to the parties concerned to renew the efforts to solve this longstanding conflict and to bring a lasting peace between the two peoples.
See the …

Former ICC Judge Hans-Peter Kaul passes away

23/07/2014 – 11:00 am | Comments Off on Former ICC Judge Hans-Peter Kaul passes away

We are saddened to hear that former ICC Judge Hans-Peter Kaul passed away on 21 July 2014. Judge Kaul stepped down from the Court effective 1 July 2014 due to health reasons. A great loss for the ICC and, I dare say, for the international (law) community as a whole.
A Press Release from the ICC can be found here, a German obituary here, and an …

Guest Post: The Appeals Chamber judgment in Prosecutor v Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markač

19/07/2014 – 2:19 pm | Comments Off on Guest Post: The Appeals Chamber judgment in Prosecutor v Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markač

Ms Anuja Pethia completed her bachelors in law (B.A LL.B) from National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal in India. After serving as a member of the editorial board of NLIU Law Review, she completed the bar exam in 2013 and practised in the area of industrial disputes and criminal law at the High Court of Madhya Pradesh in India. She gained a Masters of Law …

ICC: Congo militia leader withdraws appeal

29/06/2014 – 11:00 pm | Comments Off on ICC: Congo militia leader withdraws appeal

The judgment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the case of the convicted war criminal Germain Katanga has just become final, following the withdrawal of his appeal this Wednesday.
According to the relevant press release made public on June 25th, the Defence for Germain Katanga and the Office of the Prosecutor both discontinued their appeals against the judgment of Trial Chamber II of the ICC, …

ICC: No grounds to investigate North Korea alleged war crimes

26/06/2014 – 11:35 pm | Comments Off on ICC: No grounds to investigate North Korea alleged war crimes

After completing a preliminary examination of the case of suspected war crimes directed from North Korea to South Korean territory, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has concluded that there were insuffucient grounds to initiate a full scale investigation. Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor to the ICC, has announced in a press release on June 23rd that an initial probing in North Korean attacks to South Korea did not satisfy the Rome …

UN reports breakdown of law and order in Ukraine

21/06/2014 – 7:04 pm | Comments Off on UN reports breakdown of law and order in Ukraine

Source: JURIST 
“The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] on Wednesday issued a report [text, PDF; press release] on Ukraine that cites increasing evidence of abductions, detentions, torture and killings in the two eastern regions of the country where armed forces hold control. The report also cites a number of worrying trends emerging in Crimea. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights …

ICC prosecutor urges UN action in Darfur

19/06/2014 – 3:50 pm | Comments Off on ICC prosecutor urges UN action in Darfur

Source: JURIST
“Chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Fatou Bensouda on Tuesday urged the UN Security Council (UNSC) to take action to end the conflict in Darfur [JURIST news archive] and bring perpetrators to justice [UN News Centre report]. Bensouda noted that it has been nearly 10 years since the UNSC referred the situation in Darfur to the ICC. She sharply …

UN rights chief expresses alarm at Sri Lanka violence

17/06/2014 – 5:16 pm | Comments Off on UN rights chief expresses alarm at Sri Lanka violence

Source: JURIST
UN high commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] expressed deep alarm [press release] on Monday over inter-communal violence occurring in Sri Lanka. Violence occurred between Buddhists and Muslims after a rally by the Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) protesting an alleged assault by Muslim youth against a monk at the local temple. Pillay expressed her concern, saying:
The Government must urgently …

Three Postdoctoral Positions announced at PluriCourts: Researchers in International Criminal Law, International Environmental Law and International Investment Tribunals

02/06/2014 – 4:21 pm | Comments Off on Three Postdoctoral Positions announced at PluriCourts: Researchers in International Criminal Law, International Environmental Law and International Investment Tribunals

Three Postdoctoral Positions have been announced at PluriCourts, Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, in the following fields:
1- International Criminal Law
A position as postdoctoral researcher (duration 2 years) is available at PluriCourts , Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, a Centre of Excellence at the Faculty …

ICC prosecutor resumes examination of alleged UK war crimes in Iraq

15/05/2014 – 7:09 pm | Comments Off on ICC prosecutor resumes examination of alleged UK war crimes in Iraq

On May 13th, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Mrs Fatou Bensouda, announced her intention to resume the preliminary examination of the situation in Iraq, after having receiving additional information relevant to the case in January 2014.
Pursuant to art. 15 of the Rome Statute, which states in par. 1-3 the ways in which the prosecutor may initiate an investigation, Mrs Bensouda decided to …