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International ‘Global Spring’ Assembly releases manifesto in preparation for mass world-wide protests

20/05/2012 – 8:59 am | Comments Off on International ‘Global Spring’ Assembly releases manifesto in preparation for mass world-wide protests

Global May Manifesto
As hundreds of thousands of people around the world prepared to take to the streets throughout May 2012 as part of a global call for change, the International ‘Global Spring’ Assembly released its first statement describing concrete suggestions for a ‘global change’.
11th May 2012 – Published by Occupy London
As hundreds of thousands of people around the world prepare to take to the streets …

Russia calls on ICC to consider NATO air campaign in Libya

19/05/2012 – 2:23 pm | Comments Off on Russia calls on ICC to consider NATO air campaign in Libya

MOSCOW, May 18 – . Russia hopes that the International Criminal Court will assess all of the NATO bombardments in Libya that resulted in civilian casualties, Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights and Democracy Konstantin Dolgov said on Friday.
He added that Russia has closely studied Human Rights Watchs report, “Unacknowledged Deaths: Civilian Casualties in NATOs Air Campaign in Libya,” which sheds light on the civilian …

Mladic to face genocide charges

19/05/2012 – 2:19 pm | Comments Off on Mladic to face genocide charges

Ratko Mladic led ethnic cleansing, war crimes trial told
BBC’s Mike Wooldridge: “The prosecutor said Ratko Mladic was implementing a plan to exterminate non-Serbs”
Former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic intended to “ethnically cleanse” Bosnia, the opening day of his war crimes trial has heard. Gen Mladic faces 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including genocide, in connection with the brutal 1992-95 Bosnian …

Consultation on the Amendments to the Regulations of the Registry of the International Criminal Court

18/05/2012 – 11:15 am | Comments Off on Consultation on the Amendments to the Regulations of the Registry of the International Criminal Court

In light of the strong impact that the amendments to the Regulations of the Registry could bring to the judicial proceedings of the Court, the Registry of the ICC has invited international law experts to provide their comments on these amendments. You may find the Regulations of the Registry with proposed amendments here: English | French
Comments on these amendments can be submitted throughout the month of May 2012. In …

Kuala Lampur Tribunal: Former US President Bush Guilty of War Crimes

18/05/2012 – 8:56 am | 2 Comments

Today, Friday 18 May 2012, Former US President George W. Bush and seven members of his administration, including Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and their legal advisers Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo – were found guilty of war crimes following their trial in abstentia by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWCC) – a non-governmental tribunal of conscience. Curiously, it appears that the story has yet …

Judges of the International Residual Mechanism Sworn In

13/05/2012 – 1:43 pm | Comments Off on Judges of the International Residual Mechanism Sworn In

The ICTY press releases related to these events are available here (24 April 2012) and here (27 April 2012). They are reproduced here below with some small changes. The Residual Mechanism has a roster of 25 judges who will serve both branches of the Mechanism as set out in the Statute. These judges were elected by the General Assembly on 20 December 2011 from a …

Call for Submissions from the Goettingen Journal of International Law

10/05/2012 – 11:12 am | Comments Off on Call for Submissions from the Goettingen Journal of International Law

The Goettingen Journal of International Law (GoJIL), founded in 2007, is currently seeking submissions for its 5th International Law Essay Competition. GoJIL is an e-journal of legal scholarship focusing on International Law. It is the first student-run German International Law journal published exclusively in English. The journal is available online and free of charge. If you win, your article will be published in Vol. 4 …

Salma Yusuf, Human Rights and The Environment – A View from the European Court of Human Rights

09/05/2012 – 6:08 am | One Comment

TITLE OF ESSAY : HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE ENVIRONMENT –
A VIEW FROM THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
AUTHOR OF ESSAY: SALMA YUSUF
BASED ON A PAPER PUBLISHED AT UNITED KINGDOM ENVIRONMENTAL LAW ASSOCIATION
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The paper is set within the context of the emerging discourse on environmental security and sustainable development. It seeks to inject a new paradigm into the discourse by demonstrating how a human rights …

Opening Remarks to The Editorial Team and Members of International Law Observer by Salma Yusuf

09/05/2012 – 5:44 am | Comments Off on Opening Remarks to The Editorial Team and Members of International Law Observer by Salma Yusuf

Greetings to fellow members of the international legal community representing the diverse jurisdictions and legal systems of the world!
It is both a pleasure and a privilege to be welcomed to the distinguished Panel of Authors of the Editorial Team at the International Law Observer. Thank you, Dominik Zimmerman, Editor-in-Chief of the International Law Observer, for the kind words of introduction.
It is indeed humbling to be …

International Law Observer welcomes new author

08/05/2012 – 6:43 pm | Comments Off on International Law Observer welcomes new author

The International Law Observer is glad to announce that Ms Salma Yusuf has joined the team of authors. Ms Yusuf graduated with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of London and a Master of Laws from Queen Mary University of London. She currently serves in the fields of Public International Law and Human Rights, Social Justice, Social Integration, Transitional Justice, Peace-building and …

The Transitional Justice Process in the Former Yugoslavia: Long Transition, yet not Enough Justice

03/05/2012 – 8:49 pm | Comments Off on The Transitional Justice Process in the Former Yugoslavia: Long Transition, yet not Enough Justice

This is the title of a short working paper of mine recently published in the Oxford Transitional Justice Working Paper Series, which aims to provide an overall assessment of the transitional justice processes in the countries emerging from the violent break-up of the former Yugoslavia by focusing on the issues of reparations for victims of the armed conflicts. These states are Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the …

Libya Challenges Admissibility under Article 19 of the ICC Statute in the case of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi

01/05/2012 – 5:14 pm | 2 Comments

Today the government of Libya, represented by Professor Philippe Sands QC, Professor Payam Akhavan and Ms Michelle Butler, filed a submission with the International Criminal Court (ICC) pursuant to Article 19 of the ICC Statute (click here for the full text). The application was brought under Article 19(2)(b) of the Rome Statute, to challenge the admissibility before the ICC of the case concerning Saif Al-Islam …

Brighton Declaration Adopted at the High Level Conference on the Future of the European Court of Human Rights

01/05/2012 – 2:58 pm | Comments Off on Brighton Declaration Adopted at the High Level Conference on the Future of the European Court of Human Rights

Through the Brighton Declaration adopted at the High Level Conference on the Future of the European Court of Human Rights meeting at Brighton on 19 and 20 April 2012 at the initiative of the United Kingdom Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe the Member States of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR or Convention) reaffirmed their deep and abiding …

Justice Bhandari Elected as ICJ Judge

27/04/2012 – 5:56 pm | 2 Comments

On 27 April 2012, the General Assembly and the Security Council of the United Nations elected Mr. Dalveer Bhandari as a Member of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), with immediate effect.
Of Indian nationality, Mr. Bhandari succeeds Mr. Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh (Jordan), former judge and Vice-President of the Court, who resigned last year. Pursuant to Article 15 of the Statute of the Court, Mr. Bhandari will …

Judgment issued in the Taylor trial

27/04/2012 – 5:33 pm | Comments Off on Judgment issued in the Taylor trial

* This post is based on the SCSL Press Release (Outreach and Public Affairs Office) of 26 April 2012 and includes only minor changes.
Charles Ghankay Taylor, the former President of Liberia, was convicted on 26 April 2012 on all counts of an 11-count indictment which alleged that he was responsible for crimes committed by rebel forces during Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war. Trial Chamber II, …

Disingenuous ‘Disengagement’: Israel’s Occupation of the Gaza Strip and the Protective Function of the Law of Belligerent Occupation

25/04/2012 – 1:33 am | Comments Off on Disingenuous ‘Disengagement’: Israel’s Occupation of the Gaza Strip and the Protective Function of the Law of Belligerent Occupation

Cross-posted from Opinio Juris.
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This is the third post of our Symposium on the Functional Approach to the Law of Occupation. Earlier posts can be found in the Related Links at the end of this post.
By far one of the most challenging questions for the international law of belligerent occupation pertains to the termination of occupation. The law states that “occupation comes to an end when an occupant …

Salzburg Law School Summer Session: International Criminal, Humanitarian and Human Rights Law

24/04/2012 – 11:06 am | Comments Off on Salzburg Law School Summer Session: International Criminal, Humanitarian and Human Rights Law

The Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law (SLS) welcomes applications for its Fourteenth Summer Session, Sunday 5 to Friday 17 August 2012, under the draft title

“Enforcing International Criminal Law

Through the Complementarity Regime of the Rome Statute!
Demand and Reality”
This year’s topical focus sets the ground for a critical assessment of the concept of the Rome Statute’s complementarity regime, its interpretation in the …

‘Human rights and EU crisis management operations: a duty to respect and to protect?’

17/04/2012 – 10:57 pm | Comments Off on ‘Human rights and EU crisis management operations: a duty to respect and to protect?’

With thanks to Tamara Takacs for bringing this to my attention!
‘Human rights and EU crisis management operations: a duty to respect and to protect?’
Workshop organised by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut and the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) in cooperation with the Netherlands Defense Academy on 25 May 2012 at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague.
The conference will bring together a group of academic and …