01/07/2007 – 9:06 pm
| Comments Off on Different presidency – Same success?
Starting today, Portugal will take over the presidency in the EU Council (see: presidency website). This is reason enough to take a look back on the achievements of the past 6 month under the German presidency.
One has to acknowledge that the presidency did indeed accomplish to strengthen the EU’s transparency and to promote the image of the union with its people; according to a recent …
01/07/2007 – 8:21 am
| Comments Off on Anniversary of the International Criminal Court
On July 1st, the ICC celebrated its 5th anniversary. As of 1st January 2007 an impressive 104 States have signed the Rome Statute of the ICC. Considering the rather controversial nature of the “ICC-project”, namely the prosecution of persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern, i.e. genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, this number is indeed strong. The Secretary General …
21/06/2007 – 9:03 pm
| Comments Off on First verdicts of the Special Court for Sierra Leone
On 20th June 2007, the Special Court for Sierra Leone has reached its first verdicts. According to a press release (here) three former leaders of Sierra Leone’s Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) have been found guilty on 11 grounds. These were the following:
14/06/2007 – 10:00 pm
| Comments Off on Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union
In the case C-432/05 (Unibet [London] Ltd, Unibet [International] Ltd v. Justitiekanslern) the European Court of Justice once again managed to refer to the – still legally non-binding – Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
And as before in the case C-540/03 it seems as if the Court did not actually have to refer to the Charter in order to present a convincing legal …
14/06/2007 – 9:55 pm
| Comments Off on Could an Islamic human rights court become reality?
According to a report by the Malaysian “New Straits Times” the idea of an Islamic court, dealing solely with human rights issues between and involving Islamic nations, might soon become a reality. Of course, the mere fact of creating a judicial institution focusing on the protection of human rights must be welcomed. Not at least, since the impact of such an institution on the overall …
20/05/2007 – 9:38 am
| Comments Off on ICJ Judgment on Monday 26 February 2007 at 10 a.m.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is to deliver its judgment in the case “APPLICATION OF THE CONVENTION ON THE PREVENTION AND PUNISHMENT OF THE CRIME OF GENOCIDE (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA v. SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO)” on Monday 26 February 2007 at 10 a.m.
Why is this case of importance?
On the one hand, the case has been delayed by a variety of judicial and factual measures, postponing …
06/04/2007 – 9:59 pm
| Comments Off on Berliner Erklärung – Ein Kommentar
Kurzer Kommentar zur Berliner Erklärung anlässlich des 50. Jahrestages der Unterzeichnung der Römischen Verträge (als Vorlage dient der Entwurf der Erklärung – im folgenden Kursiv – veröffentlicht durch die FAZ am 24. März 2007).
„Europa war über Jahrhunderte eine Idee, eine Hoffnung auf Frieden und Verständigung. Diese Hoffnung hat sich erfüllt. Die europäische Einigung hat uns Frieden und Wohlstand ermöglicht. Sie hat Gemeinsamkeit gestiftet und Gegensätze …
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