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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 …

Newly published articles: Cambridge Journals online, Taylor & Francis online

14/05/2014 – 6:32 pm | Comments Off on Newly published articles: Cambridge Journals online, Taylor & Francis online

Cambridge Journals online:
Asian Journal of International Law
Book Review: The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights:
Institutionalising Human Rights in Southeast Asia.
Tan Hsien-Li — ERRATUM
Published online: 14 May 2014
India Before and After the Right of Passage Case
Prabhakar Singh
Published online: 13 May 2014
Taylor & Francis Online:
The International Journal of Human Rights
Childhood and modernity: a social constructionist reflection
onto the dilemma of ‘child execution’ within the Islamic context
Masoud Rajabi-Ardeshiri
Published …

Four post-doc positions announced at the University of Oslo

13/05/2014 – 4:04 pm | Comments Off on Four post-doc positions announced at the University of Oslo

Four postdoctoral positions have been announced for the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo (UiO).
PluriCourts – Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order
PluriCourts is announcing three positions as postdoctoral researcher in the following fields: International Criminal Law, International Environmental Law and International Investment Tribunals.
For detailed information about the positions and Application requirements, please see the …

Quebec appeals court upholds conviction of Rwandan war criminal

11/05/2014 – 6:37 pm | Comments Off on Quebec appeals court upholds conviction of Rwandan war criminal

Source: JURIST
“The Court of Appeal of Quebec [official website] on Wednesday upheld [judgment, PDF, in French] the conviction of Rwandan Hutu Desire Munyaneza [Trial Watch profile] for war crimes committed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Munyaneza was convicted in May 2009 and sentenced [JURIST reports] the following October for seven counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes under Canada’s Crimes Against Humanity and …

Defence case for Ratko Mladić to begin on Monday, 19 May

08/05/2014 – 5:29 pm | Comments Off on Defence case for Ratko Mladić to begin on Monday, 19 May

The Defence case for Ratko Mladić is scheduled to begin on Monday, 19 May at 9:30 a.m. in courtroom I. It will follow a Pre-Defence conference scheduled for Monday, 12 May at 9:30 a.m. in courtroom I.
Ratko Mladić, former Commander of the Bosnian Serb Army Main Staff, stands accused of genocide and a multitude of crimes committed against Bosnian Muslim, Bosnian Croat and other …