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Beyond International Human Rights Law: CERD's Holistic Legal Approach

20/03/2012 – 12:03 am | Comments Off on Beyond International Human Rights Law: CERD's Holistic Legal Approach

Some discussion has taken place with regards to whether human rights treaty bodies along with the Human Rights Council, all part of the United National human rights machinery, apply and develop international humanitarian law in time of armed conflict and occupation, in concurrence with international human rights law (IHRL). Even less, if any, discussion has been undertaken with respect to the concurrent application of IHRL with …

Judgment in Bangladesh-Myanmar Maritime Boundary Dispute

15/03/2012 – 1:15 pm | 17 Comments

On Wednesday 14 March, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea issued its judgment in the Dispute concerning Delimitation of the Maritime Boundary between Bangladesh and Myanmar.  The dispute concerned the delimitation of the territorial seas, exclusive economic zones and continental shelves of these two states in the Bay of Bengal.
The Judgment is important in a number of respects. Firstly, it is the …

UNCTAD Principles on Responsible Sovereign Lending & Borrowing: A Comparative Legal Survey

15/03/2012 – 11:22 am | Comments Off on UNCTAD Principles on Responsible Sovereign Lending & Borrowing: A Comparative Legal Survey

The following is a guest post by Professor Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, currently UNCTAD Sovereign Debt Expert, who has previously contributed to the International Law Observer on the topic of “Past and Present of Corporate Complicity for Financing Human Rights Abuses: The Relevance of the Cassese report“, the unveiling of the UNCTAD principles to guide responsible sovereign lending and borrowing and the UNCTAD conference on the Principles on …

ICC Renders Its First Verdict: Guilty as Charged

14/03/2012 – 6:55 pm | Comments Off on ICC Renders Its First Verdict: Guilty as Charged

* Based on the ICC Press Release ICC-CPI-20120314-PR776 of 14 March 2012 (available here)
Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided unanimously that Thomas Lubanga Dyilo is guilty, as a co-perpetrator, of the war crimes of conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15 and using them to participate actively in hostilities from 1 September 2002 to 13 August 2003. This is …

Swearing in of Judges and Election of the New Presidency at the ICC

13/03/2012 – 7:07 pm | Comments Off on Swearing in of Judges and Election of the New Presidency at the ICC

Five judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) were sworn in at a ceremony held at the seat of the Court in The Hague on 9 March 2012. Judges Howard Morrison (United Kingdom), Anthony T. Carmona (Trinidad and Tobago), Olga Herrera Carbuccia (Dominican Republic), Robert Fremr (Czech Republic) and Chile Eboe-Osuji (Nigeria) were elected by the ICC’s Assembly of States Parties  (ASP) in December 2011 …

European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA)

13/03/2012 – 3:41 pm | Comments Off on European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA)

Our readers might be interested to learn about the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA).
The E.MA is an intensive one-year master’s programme aimed at educating professionals in human rights, democracy, peace and development. The programme offers an action- and policy-oriented approach to learning which combines interdisciplinary perspectives with skills building activities. While studying in a multicultural environment, students have the opportunity to …

Venice Academy of Human Rights

09/03/2012 – 11:17 pm | Comments Off on Venice Academy of Human Rights

Venice Academy of Human Rights

The Venice Academy of Human Rights will take place from 9-18 July 2012. The theme of this year’s Academy is “The Limits of Human Rights” (http://www.eiuc.org/veniceacademy/).
Online registration is open until 1 May 2012.
Faculty of the Venice Academy 2012
Professor Philip Alston, NYU
Professor Seyla Benhabib, Yale
Professor Martti Koskenniemi, Helsinki
Professor Friedrich Kratochwil, CEU/EUI
Professor Bruno Simma, Ann Arbor/Munich
Professor Henry Steiner, Harvard
Erika Feller, UNHCR Assistant High …

Calls for Papers on Different Fields of International Law

05/03/2012 – 5:34 pm | Comments Off on Calls for Papers on Different Fields of International Law

* Based on an ASIL announcement of 1 March 2012.
Call for Scholarly Papers
ASIL Research Forum
The American Society of International Law calls for submissions of scholarly paper proposals for the ASIL Research Forum to be held at the University of Georgia School of Law on October 20-21, 2012.
The Research Forum, a Society initiative introduced in 2011, aims to provide a setting for the presentation and focused …

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 Issue of Contempt of Court at the ICTY

28/02/2012 – 9:36 am | 2 Comments

Over the last few months there have been a number of decisions by the ICTY in cases involving contempt of the Tribunal. Cases of contempt of the Tribunal fall under Rule 77 of the ICTY Rules of Procedure and Evidence, entitled ‘Contempt of the Tribunal’. Part of this Rule, which has been amended several times over the years to allow the Tribunal to respond to …

2012 International Criminal Court Summer School

26/02/2012 – 8:48 pm | One Comment

Since I attended the International Criminal Court Summer School myself, I feel particularly pleased to make the following announced, on behalf of Rhonda Ferguson, for this year’s edition of this excellent summer course:
The Irish Centre for Human Rights is pleased to announce the eleventh annual International Criminal Court Summer School to take place June 18-22, 2012.   The course will cover all important aspects of the …

New blog online

26/02/2012 – 8:45 pm | 2 Comments

Our readers might be interested to learn about the new Erga Omnes weblog. Here is a description of what the website is about:

This site explores universal jurisdiction, through the prism of politics and human rights. Universal jurisdiction is the revolutionary idea that any country can prosecute anyone for basic human rights crimes committed anywhere. Usually, this is a topic covered by legal experts, but I’m …

Trial Chamber I Order on the applications by victims to participate and for reparations in the Lubanga case

22/02/2012 – 3:34 pm | Comments Off on Trial Chamber I Order on the applications by victims to participate and for reparations in the Lubanga case

In November 2011, the Registry of the ICC requested Trial Chamber I instructions on victim’s applications for participation and reparations in the Lubanga case. The Registry had received 27 new applications to participate in the proceedings and 25 new applications for reparations, which appeared to be linked to the case. Trial Chamber I issued its order on this motion on 27 January 2012 (for the …

Exploiting A ‘Dynamic’ Interpretation? The Israeli High Court of Justice Accepts the Legality of Israel’s Quarrying Activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

16/02/2012 – 4:25 pm | Comments Off on Exploiting A ‘Dynamic’ Interpretation? The Israeli High Court of Justice Accepts the Legality of Israel’s Quarrying Activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Cross-posted from EJIL:Talk!.
On 26 December 2011, the Israeli High Court of Justice rendered its judgment in the case concerning Israel’s quarrying activities in the occupied Palestinian territory filed by the Israeli human rights organisation Yesh Din, who demanded that Israel terminate its quarrying activities since they violate Israel’s obligation as an Occupying Power to administer the occupied territory for the benefit of the local population (HCJ 2164/09 Yesh …

The Activity of the European Court of Human Rights in 2011

10/02/2012 – 2:10 pm | Comments Off on The Activity of the European Court of Human Rights in 2011

On 26 January 2012 the European Court of Human Rights held its annual press conference.  On this occasion, Sir Nicolas Bratza, the President of the Court, presented a summary of the Court’s activities and its statistics for 2011. Among others he said that the European governments must assume their part of the shared responsibility for the protection of human rights across the continent. Basically, that …

IHL Experts Analyze the Legal Issues and Implications of the Gotovina Trial Judgment

10/02/2012 – 1:41 pm | One Comment

On 4 November 2011, the International Humanitarian Law Clinic at Emory Law School convened a group of well-known military operational law experts with extensive experience in applying and enforcing IHL. The meeting was convened to analyze the broader legal issues in and implications of the recent judgment of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the case of Prosecutor v. Gotovina, which …

Under the Guise of Security? Population Control by the Occupying Power

07/02/2012 – 7:22 pm | Comments Off on Under the Guise of Security? Population Control by the Occupying Power

Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a new report, on 5 February 2012, that exposes the ways in which Israel controls immigration and nationality in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) through  the population registry, which it established in September 1967. The first census conducted upon its establishment resulted in the exclusion of at least 270,000 individuals. In another wave, Israel excluded a further 130,000 West Bank …

Vacancy: British Red Cross Research Fellow

07/02/2012 – 9:00 am | Comments Off on Vacancy: British Red Cross Research Fellow

The British Red Cross is recruiting a British Red Cross Research Fellow to update the practice section of the study on customary international humanitarian law published by the ICRC. Further details can be found here.