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The ICC film project

25/01/2008 – 1:51 pm | Comments Off on The ICC film project

Good news for all those of us hoping for the International Criminal Court (and in particular its main cause, namely putting an end to impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community) to receive exposure in the public: Skylight Pictures – a production company that “has been committed to producing artistic, challenging and socially relevant independent documentary films on issues …

Welcome to the Blogosphere: The Invisible College

23/01/2008 – 9:54 am | Comments Off on Welcome to the Blogosphere: The Invisible College

Today please welcome a new international law blog to the blogosphere: The Invisible College. It is a group blog consisting of the creators of the 1948 blog and The Core. Here is a brief description of the blog:

The blog’s title refers to an 1977 article by Oscar Schachter (“The Invisible College of International Lawyers”, 72 Northwestern University Law Review (1977) 217-226), in which he speaks …

European Commission v Microsoft Corp – A Never-ending story?

15/01/2008 – 8:36 am | Comments Off on European Commission v Microsoft Corp – A Never-ending story?

Yesterday the European Commission issued a statement to the effect that it had initiated two (separate) antitrust investigations against Microsoft Corp. on the alleged abuse of a dominant market position, i.e. infringement of the antitrust provisions of the EC-treaty (see Art. 82 EC Treaty: ‘Any abuse by one or more undertakings of a dominant position within the common market or in a substantial part of …

Can war crimes suspects travel – on forged passports?

07/01/2008 – 7:44 am | One Comment

Here is an interesting story on the attempt of a Sudanese government minister to travel abroad despite his indictment by the ICC. As the Sudan Tribune reports Ahmed Mohamed Haroun, minister of state for humanitarian affairs, made an attempt to fly to Saudi Arabia in order to participate in an annual Islamic pilgrimage.
As already noted in the article of the Sudan Tribune, Saudi Arabia has …

2008 Special Observances

31/12/2007 – 11:37 pm | Comments Off on 2008 Special Observances

The year 2008 has been chosen by the United Nations General Assembly to inter alia be the International Year of Languages, the International Year of the Potato, the International Year of Planet Earth, and the International Year of Sanitation.

Schengen is expanding

21/12/2007 – 10:04 am | Comments Off on Schengen is expanding

In an effort to ease the free movement of the citizens of the European Union, land and sea border controls with the new member States (i.e. Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia) are being lifted today 21 December 2007 (air borders will follow in March 2008). After it was determined that the nine Schengen candidate countries had met the …

British mining corporations and human rights

17/12/2007 – 9:48 pm | Comments Off on British mining corporations and human rights

 British NGO War on Want published in November 2007 a comprehensive report on the role of British mining companies in conflict and the violation of human rights.  The Report explicitly mentions the following British corporations: Anglo America, AngloGold Ashanti, BHP Billiton, Global Coal Management, Montericco Metals, Oxus Gold, Sibuyan Nickel Property Development Corp., Vedanta Resources and Xstrata. You can read report and company’s responses here. In …

Territorial and Maritime Dispute (Nicaragua v. Colombia), (Preliminary Objections), Judgment of 13 December 2007

15/12/2007 – 5:10 pm | Comments Off on Territorial and Maritime Dispute (Nicaragua v. Colombia), (Preliminary Objections), Judgment of 13 December 2007

Introduction
This is a short commentary of the judgment on preliminary objections based on the ICJ’s press release No. 2007/30 of 13 December 2007. The case was brought before the ICJ by Nicaragua on 6 December 2001. Nicaragua argued that the dispute concerned inter alia the validity of the 1928 Treaty, the interpretation of the 1928 Treaty as regards the geographical scope of the San Andrés …

House of Lords decides on detention without trial by UK forces in Iraq

13/12/2007 – 1:09 pm | Comments Off on House of Lords decides on detention without trial by UK forces in Iraq

On 12 December 2007, the United Kingdom House of Lords, issued a long awaited judgment in the case of R (on the application of Al-Jedda) v Secretary of State of Defence [2007] UKHL. Al-Jedda was a national of both Iraq and the UK who had been detained in October 2004 by UK forces operating in Iraq as part of the multinational force authorised by …

Signing ceremony of the Treaty of Lisbon

13/12/2007 – 9:15 am | Comments Off on Signing ceremony of the Treaty of Lisbon

Today the Treaty of Lisbon amending the Treaty on the European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community will be signed in Lisbon. The ceremony, at which all 27 heads of State and government of the European Union as well as the president of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering and the president of the European …

Human Rights Day 2007 – Remember the UDHR?

10/12/2007 – 9:36 am | One Comment

Today (10th December) the world celebrates Human Rights Day. The event is meant as a commemoration of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which took place on 10 December 1948. Based on the fact that by next year the adoption of the UDHR was 60 years ago, Human Rights Day 2007 marks the start of a year-long commemoration of the 60th …

The EU and the International Criminal Court

10/12/2007 – 8:41 am | Comments Off on The EU and the International Criminal Court

The Council of the European Union recently published a report on the co-operation and interaction between the EU and the International Criminal Court (ICC) (an English version can be found here). The report highlights in particular how the EU can co-ordinate the foreign policy positions of the EU member States with regard to the activities of the ICC. Furthermore it underlines the commitment of the …

ICJ to deliver judgement on 13 December 2007

30/11/2007 – 2:57 pm | Comments Off on ICJ to deliver judgement on 13 December 2007

The International Court of Justice will deliver its judgment in the case concerning the Territorial and Maritime Dispute (Nicaragua v Colombia) on 13 December 2007 (see press release here). The judgment will merely deal with the preliminary objections by Colombia, regarding the jurisdiction of the Court. Stay tuned for an update here on International Law Observer as soon as the judgment has been delivered.

Extension of time-limits in the Case between Chile and the EC before the ITLOS (Sustainable Exploration of Swordfish Stocks)

30/11/2007 – 1:33 pm | Comments Off on Extension of time-limits in the Case between Chile and the EC before the ITLOS (Sustainable Exploration of Swordfish Stocks)

Today the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), or rather the Special Chamber of the ITLOS which was formed by order of 20 December 2000, further extended the time-limits for the Case between Chile and the European Community concerning the Conservation and Sustainable Exploitation of Swordfish Stocks in the South-Eastern Pacific Ocean for one year until 1 January 2009 (the press release can be found here, …

International Bar Association publishes new monitoring report on the ICC

28/11/2007 – 10:37 pm | Comments Off on International Bar Association publishes new monitoring report on the ICC

The International Bar Association (IBA) recently published a new monitoring report concerning the International Criminal Court (ICC). According to the report itself, “the monitoring programe focus primarily on the fair trial rights of defendants before the Court and the manner in which the Rome Statute, Regulations of the Court and the Rules of Evidence and Procedure are implemented by the different organs of the Court.” The report …

3rd Biennial Conference of ESIL "coming up"

19/11/2007 – 2:11 pm | Comments Off on 3rd Biennial Conference of ESIL "coming up"

The third biennial Conference of the European Society of International Law will be held in Heidelberg on 4-6 September 2008. This time the conference will be organized in association with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. The organizers have chosen “International Law in a Heterogeneous World” as the main topic of the event. A preliminary programme can be found here. …

Serge Brammertz nominated as succesor of Carla Del Ponte

14/11/2007 – 8:09 pm | Comments Off on Serge Brammertz nominated as succesor of Carla Del Ponte

In July the International Law Observer noted that Serge Brammertz was the probable succesor of Carla Del Ponte as chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Today, Le Monde reports that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has nominated Serge Brammertz for the position. Serge Brammertz had a strong competitor in David Tolbert, deputy chief prosecutor at the ICTY.
Thus, Serge Brammertz will be …

International Law 2.0

12/11/2007 – 8:07 am | Comments Off on International Law 2.0

On his monthly column, ASIL president José E. Alvarez recently wrote about the “Democratization of the Invisible College“. The concept of an Invisible College of International Lawyers was first coined by Oscar Schachter (the late Professor of Columbia University Law School) who saw it as “the active professional community of professors, students, government officials and international civil servants”. According to Alvarez, Schachter’s
“invisible college was simply …