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What happens when criminal justice goes international?

13/11/2017 – 11:21 am |

Mikkel Jarle Christensen, associate professor in iCourts, and Ron Levi, professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs, have published a new edited volume with Routledge: International Practices of Criminal Law: Social and Legal Perspectives.
The edited volume examines the practitioners, practices, and institutions that are transforming the relationship between criminal justice and international governance. The book links two dimensions of international criminal justice, by analyzing the fields of international …

Colleen Rohan and Gentian Zyberi (eds), Defense Perspectives on International Criminal Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

15/05/2017 – 2:40 pm | Comments Off on Colleen Rohan and Gentian Zyberi (eds), Defense Perspectives on International Criminal Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

Edited by Colleen Rohan (International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)) and Gentian Zyberi (Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo). For a discount see the flyer Defence Perspectives on International Criminal Justice_Flyer.
Introduction
The edited volume ‘Defense Perspectives on International Criminal Justice’ is the first comprehensive book focusing on the multi-faceted role of the Defence in international criminal proceedings. This examination of the role …

Antonio Cassese Summer School -Geneva- July 2015

25/04/2015 – 10:36 am | Comments Off on Antonio Cassese Summer School -Geneva- July 2015

 TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE, CONFLICT AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Geneva, 6 – 10 July 2015
 
The 2015 Antonio Cassese Summer School offers comprehensive, in-depth knowledge of the theoretical and practical application of these measures and practices. Based on both scholarly and practitioner expertise across a range of areas (including human rights, international criminal law, security reform, legal philosophy, gender politics) and country situations, the programme combines a general course on …

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 …

Khmer Rouge tribunal hears closing arguments

19/10/2013 – 3:21 pm | Comments Off on Khmer Rouge tribunal hears closing arguments

Source: JURIST
The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Wednesday [16 October 2013] began hearing closing arguments in the case against two former Khmer Rouge leaders. Nuon Chea, also known as “Brother Number 2,” and Khieu Samphan, former head of state, are accused of leading the Khmer regime, which caused the death of 2 million people during their reign. The arguments mark the …

Co-Prosecutor of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia Resigns

13/09/2013 – 7:38 am | Comments Off on Co-Prosecutor of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia Resigns

Andrew Cayley, the international co-prosecutor at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), will leave the tribunal as of 16 September 2013 due to personal reasons. Cayley was appointed for this position in December 2009.
Cayley’s statement on resignation is available here.
More information is available here.

Recent developments at the ICTY

03/06/2013 – 2:07 pm | Comments Off on Recent developments at the ICTY

On 30 May 2013, the ICTY Trial Chamber acquitted of all charges Jovica Stanišić and Franko Simatović, former Chief of the Serbian State Security Service and former employee of the Serbian State Security Service. The Trial Chamber ordered their immediate release.
The two accused were charged with having directed, organised, equipped, trained, armed and financed units of the Serbian State Security Service which murdered, persecuted, deported …

Call for Papers: International Crimes Database Project

29/05/2013 – 2:47 pm | Comments Off on Call for Papers: International Crimes Database Project

The International Crimes Database (ICD) invites submissions of research papers and articles for publication in the online article series of the ICD, ICD Briefs.

The ICD is an online database, to be launched in 2013 (www.internationalcrimesdatabase.org), and is hosted and maintained by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague and financially made possible by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice and the International Centre for …

Judgements in Lubanga (ICC) and Taylor (SCSL) to be rendered in March and April

01/03/2012 – 9:07 pm | Comments Off on Judgements in Lubanga (ICC) and Taylor (SCSL) to be rendered in March and April

Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will deliver its decision in the Thomas Lubanga Dyilo case in a public hearing on 14 March 2012 at 10.00 a.m. (The Hague local time). More information on the Lubanga case can be accessed here.
The Special Court for Sierra Leone will deliver its judgment in the Charles Ghankay Taylor case on 26 April 2012. For more …

The Lebanon Tribunal Elects a New President

13/10/2011 – 9:22 pm | Comments Off on The Lebanon Tribunal Elects a New President

This is a short post to note the resignation as President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon on health grounds of Judge Antonio Cassese . The Tribunal elected the new President, Judge Sir David Baragwanath, on 10 October, a day later. Judge Cassese will continue to serve as a Judge of the Tribunal’s Appeals Chamber, focusing on legal matters.
 A detailed press release was issued on …

Diamonds, Celebrities and the Charles Taylor trial

09/08/2010 – 8:38 pm | 3 Comments

The courtroom used by the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) in The Hague (Leidschendam) has rarely, if ever, been so busy with journalists from all over the world following the Charles Taylor trial. The eagerly awaited testimonies of Naomi Campbell and Mia Farrow have been widely broadcast by the international media. Unfortunately however, with these celebrities stepping into the witness box, it seems that …

New UK Supreme Court

01/10/2009 – 12:19 pm | Comments Off on New UK Supreme Court

And so it finally happened. After a lengthy period of preparation, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom starts proceedings today. The new UK Supreme Court, which has come about as a result of the 2005 Constitutional Reform Act, will hear its first cases this week in newly refurbished rooms in the former Middlesex Guildhall, on Parliament Square. Although the process under which the Supreme …

Abyei Arbitration

21/04/2009 – 11:45 am | Comments Off on Abyei Arbitration

On Saturday 18 April, oral proceedings opened in the Abyei Arbitration between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army.  The case is taking place at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.  The legal issues raised in the proceedings are relatively familiar to many international lawyers, involving the delimitation and demarcation of land territory.  However, this arbitration has a number of …

"Brother Number Two" arrested in Cambodia

19/09/2007 – 2:45 pm | Comments Off on "Brother Number Two" arrested in Cambodia

According to news reports, Nuon Chea, the former chief ideologist of the Khmer Rouge and the number 2 (after Pol Pot) in the Standing Committee of the Khmer Rouge’s Central Committee during the period of power of the Khmer Rouge, was arrested in his house on the border between Cambodia and Thailand. This of course is good news for all those hoping to see the …

Elections in Sierra Leone

11/08/2007 – 1:17 pm | Comments Off on Elections in Sierra Leone

Today, five years after the end of a vicious civil war, the people of Sierra Leone are going to the polls to elect a president and members of parliament. Still the country is far from recovered from the war. According to a UN Secretary General report in May, overall poor living conditions along with “high rates of youth unemployment… remain key threats to the country’s …

New Government in East Timor

07/08/2007 – 6:36 am | Comments Off on New Government in East Timor

Although elections were held in East Timor already in June 2007, the formation of a new government was significantly delayed; until now. Yesterday, President Jose Ramos-Horta, decided that the former independence leader and first President of the young nation, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão is to be the new PM. While the formation of a new government had not been possible following the June elections (it …

First verdicts of the Special Court for Sierra Leone

21/06/2007 – 9:03 pm | Comments Off on First verdicts of the Special Court for Sierra Leone

On 20th June 2007, the Special Court for Sierra Leone has reached its first verdicts. According to a press release (here) three former leaders of Sierra Leone’s Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) have been found guilty on 11 grounds. These were the following:
 

Count 1 (acts of terrorism)

Count 2 (collective punishments)

Count 3 (extermination)

Count 4 (murder, a crime against humanity)

Count 5 (murder, a war crime)

Count 6 (rape)

Count …