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"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 …

Commission issues Final Guidelines on application of Article 81 EC to maritime transport

17/09/2007 – 12:44 pm | Comments Off on Commission issues Final Guidelines on application of Article 81 EC to maritime transport

On the 14th September 2007 the European Commission issues long-promised (Draft) guidelines on the application of Article 81 of the EC Treaty to maritime transport services. The Guidelines were proposed (and asked for by some shipping industry participants) in light of the changes in the EU competition regulation of shipping sector. First, the liner conference block exemption has been removed as a result of these changes. …

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

15/09/2007 – 10:36 pm | 2 Comments

Today is the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. The UN General Assembly proclaimed the 16th September the Ozone Day in commemoration of the date, in 1987, on which the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was signed. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Montreal Protocol, in which the member States recognize their …

ICJ to deliver Judgment on Monday 8 October 2007

14/09/2007 – 2:49 pm | Comments Off on ICJ to deliver Judgment on Monday 8 October 2007

The ICJ announced yesterday that it will deliver its Judgment in the case concerning Maritime Delimitation between Nicaragua and Honduras in the Caribbean Sea (Nicaragua v. Honduras) on Monday 8 October 2007 (see Press release).
The following is a short history of the proceedings before the ICJ (see Press release 2006/31):

On 8 December 1999 Nicaragua filed an Application instituting proceedings against the Republic of Honduras in …

New portal on non-state armed groups

13/09/2007 – 11:04 pm | Comments Off on New portal on non-state armed groups

An exciting new online portal has opened, which might be of interest for everyone paying attention to the legal and policy challenges posed by transnational and non-state armed groups: the tagsproject.org. It is a joint project by the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) at Harvard University and the Graduate Institute on International Studies (HEI) in Geneva.
Here is how the founders describe the …

Remembering 9/11

11/09/2007 – 6:34 am | Comments Off on Remembering 9/11

Today it is six years ago, terrorists attacked the free world by flying commercial airliners into the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Much has happened since and due to these attacks; not at least from an international law perspective: the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, the trial of Saddam Hussein, “Guantanamo” and the discussion on various new methods in the war …

International Law on Youtube

10/09/2007 – 8:18 pm | Comments Off on International Law on Youtube

As an indication of how the academic field of international law is trying to embrace the new developments on the Internet (besides the establishment of several international law Blogs such as the present one), more and more videos on topics of international law can be found on the online video portal youtube.com. The following video, which I stumbled across recently, is an interesting example: A …

International Literacy Day

08/09/2007 – 10:03 am | Comments Off on International Literacy Day

Today is International Literacy Day. It hasn’t been highlighted to much by the UN itself. However, the UN still stays committed to Goal No 2 of its Millennium Development Goals, according to which the States of the UN ensure that, by the year 2015, “children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling and that girls and …

Preliminary hearing in the Lubanga Trial

03/09/2007 – 11:07 pm | Comments Off on Preliminary hearing in the Lubanga Trial

Today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) will hold hearings in the trial of Thomas Lubanga (see press release by the ICC). Lubanga was arrested on 19 March 2005 and transferred to the ICC on 17 March 2006. He stands accused of committing the following war crimes: (1) the war crime of enlisting children under the age of fifteen; (2) the war crime of conscription of …

New online database & commentary on the jurisprudence of the International Criminal Court

30/08/2007 – 1:58 pm | Comments Off on New online database & commentary on the jurisprudence of the International Criminal Court

A new online database & commentary on the jurisprudence of the International Criminal Court is available at www.iclklamberg.com. The purpose of the website is to provide the starting point for researchers and practitioners working in the field of international criminal law by presenting up-to-date jurisprudence and the most relevant parts of doctrine.
At the moment the jurisprudence of the ICC is sorted on the Court’s …

The European Identity

30/08/2007 – 10:11 am | Comments Off on The European Identity

According to a press release of the EU Parliament, the Parliament will work closely with the Commission to conclude the drafting of the EU Reform Treaty, although “some issues still need to be properly discussed“. What is interesting here is the fact that the two organs, which in essence represent the unity (vs. diversity) of the European Union, work so closely together in order to …

Update on the Hoshinmaru Case

20/08/2007 – 8:09 am | Comments Off on Update on the Hoshinmaru Case

On Friday the ITLOS announced that Russia had released the Japanese fishing vessel Hoshinmaru and its crew following the courts judgment of 6 August 2007 (see earlier reports here, here and here). I guess this is another good example of the fact that public international law is indeed being followed by (most) States and that it provides a functional framework for inter-State relationships. And although one …

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 …

Case 14 and 15 before the ITLOS

09/08/2007 – 12:30 pm | One Comment

On 6 August 2007 the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) presented its judgments in the “Tomimaru” Case (No. 15) and “Hoshinmaru” Case (No. 14) – see also the previous entry of 31 July 2007: New Cases for the ITLOS.
The Cases had been filed with the ITLOS on 6 July 2007 by Japan against the Russian Federation and concerned the release of …

International Day of the World's Indigenous People

09/08/2007 – 9:44 am | Comments Off on International Day of the World's Indigenous People

Today, the world celebrates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. To learn more, visit the website of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights or read the Message of the UN Secretary-General on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. 

A bit late but nevertheless

08/08/2007 – 7:57 am | Comments Off on A bit late but nevertheless

Yesterday, the UN Special Representative for Timor-Leste finally got around to condemn the violence in the capital Dili. Mr Khare announced that he considered the violence, which had broken out after the president had announced the new government, to be sporadic and isolated. Nevertheless, he reassured that those who participate in the violence would be treated as criminals.
The fact that the violence could not be averted in …

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 …

ITLOS to deliver judgment

06/08/2007 – 7:58 am | Comments Off on ITLOS to deliver judgment

On 6 August 2007, the ITLOS will deliver its judgments in the cases “Hoshinmaru” and “Tomimaru”, which had been brought before the court on 6 July 2007 (see the previous post).  A detailed comment on the judgments will follow as soon as they have been made public.