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First verdicts of the Special Court for Sierra Leone

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:
 

Count 1 (acts of terrorism)

Count 2 (collective punishments)

Count 3 (extermination)

Count 4 (murder, a crime against humanity)

Count 5 (murder, a war crime)

Count 6 (rape)

Count …

Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

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 …

Could an Islamic human rights court become reality?

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 …

ICJ Judgment on Monday 26 February 2007 at 10 a.m.

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 …

Berliner Erklärung – Ein Kommentar

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 …