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New article on the Human Rights Committee – Legacy and Promise

09/01/2018 – 10:12 am |

A new and interesting article on the Human Rights Committee is available via SSRN. The article is written by Professor Anja Seibert-Fohr of the University of Heidelberg, who is herself a member of the Committee, and it provides readers with an introduction to the work of this quasi-judicial expert body. Here is the link and abstract:
The UN Human Rights Committee, which is recognized for its legal expertise in …

The end of the ICTY?

03/01/2018 – 5:36 pm |

* By Furtuna Sheremeti. Furtuna is a law graduate from the University of Prishtina. She holds an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from University of Oxford and is currently doing her doctorate at KU Leuven in Belgium on state crime, harm and reparations.
This article was originally produced for and published by Kosovo2.0. It has been republished here with permission.
In its 24 years, the international …

Judge  Buergenthal’s interviews on human rights included in the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law

18/12/2017 – 4:21 pm | Comments Off on Judge  Buergenthal’s interviews on human rights included in the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law

To commemorate the International Human Rights Day (10 December of each year) and the upcoming 70th  anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs has added a two-part interview with Judge Thomas Buergenthal by Professor Sean Murphy (respectively 43 and 53 minutes).
Judge Buergenthal shares some personal moments from his life, as well as his extensive experience in international …

The ICTY has rendered its final judgement in the Prlić et al. appeal case

30/11/2017 – 6:59 pm | Comments Off on The ICTY has rendered its final judgement in the Prlić et al. appeal case

* ICTY Press Release, 29 November 2017
The Appeals Chamber has given its judgement in Prosecutor v. Jadranko Prlić et al., in what was the Tribunal’s most voluminous appeal as well as its final case.
* Trial Judgement Summary for Prlić et al.
* Case information sheet
* Judgement – Volume I
* Judgement – Volume II
* Judgement – Volume III
* Statement on passing of Slobodan Praljak
The Appeals Chamber affirmed almost all of the Trial Chamber’s convictions of …

ICTY has convicted Ratko Mladić for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity

30/11/2017 – 6:50 pm | Comments Off on ICTY has convicted Ratko Mladić for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity

* ICTY Press Release, 22 November 2017
In the final Trial Judgement of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Trial Chamber I convicted Ratko Mladić, former Commander of the Main Staff of the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS) of genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war. These crimes were committed by Serb forces during the armed conflict in …

Oxford University Press has launched ‘Oxford International Organizations’

23/11/2017 – 3:39 pm | Comments Off on Oxford University Press has launched ‘Oxford International Organizations’

Oxford International Organizations
 Instant online access to primary materials and essential analysis on the law of international organizations:

One-stop online resource for researchers to access a full overview of the legal frameworks, processes, and impact of organizations
Launching with over 150 commentaries and documents with continuous updates
Includes materials on UN, WHO, IMF, and World Bank
Now freely available online until 30th June 2018

 Oxford University Press has recently launched Oxford International Organizations (OXIO), a new addition …

CfP: Vulnerability, Protection, and Agency: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Migration, 24-25 May 2018, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, Norway

30/10/2017 – 3:14 pm | Comments Off on CfP: Vulnerability, Protection, and Agency: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Migration, 24-25 May 2018, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, Norway

This conference is organized by the Faculty of Law of the University of Oslo Research Group on International Law and Governance in collaboration with the Research Group on Human Rights, Armed Conflict, and Law of Peace & Security, and the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO).
Migration is presenting a challenge to migration practitioners, policymakers and academics given the manifestation of extra-territorial approaches, increased reliance on technology, …

International Review of the Red Cross: Call for papers on protracted armed conflict

04/07/2017 – 10:10 pm | Comments Off on International Review of the Red Cross: Call for papers on protracted armed conflict

Protracted armed conflicts are characterized by their longevity, intractability and mutability. This is not a new phenomenon, but some particular trends seen in today’s protracted conflicts, such as emerging technologies, pervasive media coverage, and so on, are specific to our times.
This issue of the Review will discuss strategies being put in place to respond to humanitarian needs arising in protracted armed conflict, such as multi-year …

Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965

29/06/2017 – 10:35 pm | Comments Off on Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965

* Based on the ICJ Press Release 2017/27 (29 June 2017).
On 22 June 2017, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted resolution A/RES/71/292 (with 94 votes in favor, 15 against, and 65 abstaining) in which, referring to Article 65 of the Statute of the Court, it requested the International Court of Justice to give an advisory opinion on the following questions:
(a) “Was the process …

CfP: Symposium on Effective Control in International Law, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, 11 to 12 November 2017

30/05/2017 – 3:25 pm | Comments Off on CfP: Symposium on Effective Control in International Law, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, 11 to 12 November 2017

Effective control is a notion going through many branches of international law, and has been researched by many international law scholars and experts separately. Nevertheless, a systematic research focusing on this particular notion from the perspective of diverse branches of international law is missing, and deserves further research.
Inspired by this idea, School of International Law, China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) is pleased, …

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 …

The use of armed force in Syria: getting from bad to worse?

15/04/2017 – 8:19 pm | 4 Comments

Background
* A lot of the background information used below is taken from the BBC Syria timeline profile. The post has been amended to portray better the cause for the beginning of the conflict in Syria.
A lot has been written about the armed conflict in Syria in international law blogs including Ejil:Talk, Opinio Juris and Just Security, especially after the US attack deploying 59 Tomahawk cruise …

Application of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Ukraine v. Russian Federation)

05/02/2017 – 4:28 pm | Comments Off on Application of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Ukraine v. Russian Federation)

* This post is based mainly on ICJ Press Releases No. 2017/2 (17 January 2017) and No. 2017/4 (1 February 2017).
In the late afternoon of 16 January 2017, Ukraine instituted proceedings against the Russian Federation with regard to alleged violations of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism of 9 December 1999 and the International Convention on the Elimination of All …

Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law: Call for Papers

19/01/2017 – 10:29 am | Comments Off on Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law: Call for Papers

25th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, Canberra, 29 June–1 July 2017
“Sustaining the International Legal Order in an Era of Rising Nationalism”
The 25th ANZSIL Annual Conference will take place from Thursday, 29 June, to Saturday, 1 July 2017 at Hotel QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit, Canberra, Australia.
The Conference Organising Committee invites proposals for papers to be presented at the …

Tanja Altunjan and Aziz Epik: The International Criminal Court in Crisis?

17/01/2017 – 1:48 pm | 2 Comments

By Tanja Altunjan and Dr. Aziz Epik
Tanja Altunjan is a Research Fellow and Dr. Aziz Epik is a Senior Research Fellow to the Chair for German and International Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Modern Legal History, Prof. Gerhard Werle, Humboldt-University, Berlin.
70 years after the International Military Tribunal passed its Nuremberg judgment, the International Criminal Court (ICC) – the first permanent institution for the prosecution of …

ICTY Call for Papers for the June 2017 Legacy Conference

08/12/2016 – 3:46 pm | Comments Off on ICTY Call for Papers for the June 2017 Legacy Conference

As part of its “ICTY Legacy Dialogues” events, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (“ICTY”) is organising in the week of 19 June 2017 a conference on the legacy of the ICTY in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. We invite your participation.

With the ICTY’s closure scheduled for 31 December 2017, the conference aims to enable others to build on the achievements of the ICTY …

Reminder: ICTY/MICT Open Day in The Hague on 25 September

15/09/2016 – 1:38 pm | Comments Off on Reminder: ICTY/MICT Open Day in The Hague on 25 September

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) are hosting a joint Open Day on Sunday, 25 September, as part of The Hague International Day.
At the Open Day, there will be opportunities to interact with Judges and other key staff members, view new documentaries produced by the ICTY Outreach Programme, and explore art exhibitions and Archives material.
ICTY …

Edited volume: ‘An Institutional Approach to the Responsibility to Protect’, Cambridge University Press, 2016 (paperback)

20/08/2016 – 2:47 pm | Comments Off on Edited volume: ‘An Institutional Approach to the Responsibility to Protect’, Cambridge University Press, 2016 (paperback)

My edited book entitled ‘An Institutional Approach to the Responsibility to Protect’ has recently been published as paperback by Cambridge University Press (35 GBP).
Through its 22 chapters, covering

the responsibilities of the State;
the main political organs of the UN;
important regional and security organizations;
international judicial institutions and the regional human rights protection systems;

the book examines the roles and responsibilities of the international community regarding the responsibility to …