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Litigating Women’s Rights Globally

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On 28th April, Lawyers Against Poverty are holding a one day conference on Litigating Women’s Rights Globally, at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, 65 Fleet Street, London. The conference will focus on the African Women’s Protocol which guarantees comprehensive legal rights for women and girls. This Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the… Read more »

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Mobile Telephone and Financial Evidence in the Kenyatta Case

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By Steven Kay QC On 25 March 2015, the International Justice Tribune (IJT) published an article entitled ‘The International Criminal Court’s quest for scientific evidence’ The article purported to examine ‘the value the International Criminal Court is increasingly placing on digital data and other technology as a way to reduce reliance on witness testimony.’ The IJT stated: ‘[i]n… Read more »

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9 Bedford Row Report on the History of the Muslim Brotherhood

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Post by Steven Kay QC  Today, 9 Bedford Row released its Report on the History of the Muslim Brotherhood, which was commissioned by the State Lawsuit (Litigation) Authority of Egypt to provide an overview of the history of the Muslim Brotherhood looking at its structure, organisation and activities. In the report, we review the Muslim Brotherhood’s… Read more »

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ICC Trial Chamber Terminates Case Against President Uhuru Kenyatta

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On Friday 13 March 2015, Trial Chamber V(B) of the International Criminal Court formally terminated the proceedings against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. In its ‘Decision on the withdrawal of charges against Mr Kenyatta’, the Chamber stated: [T]he Chamberconsiders itappropriate toterminate the present proceedings.Accordingly, the Chamber notes that the Summons toAppear should now be formally discharged and that the conditions therein will cease to have effect. However, pursuant to Article 70 of the Statute, it is noted that the Court retains jurisdiction over anyinterference with a witness or with the collection of evidence. The Chamber additionally… Read more »

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IBA Comments on Draft ICC Registry Revision Project Paper

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Steven Kay QC, Co-Chair of the IBA War Crimes Committee, is pleased to produce the IBA assessment upon the future of the OPCD as part of the ICC Registrar’s Revision Project Please click here to view the IBA document: ‘Comments on Draft Registry Revision Project Paper: “Basic Outline of Proposals to Establish Defence and Victims Offices”‘.

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ICC Charges Withdrawn Against President Kenyatta

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Today, Friday 5 December 2014, the Office of the Prosecutor (‘OTP’) of the International Criminal Court (‘ICC’) officially withdrew the charges against the President of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta. In its ‘Notice of withdrawal of the charges against Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta’, Fatou Bensouda stated: ‘In light of the Trial Chamber’s 3 December… Read more »

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Iraq and the Death Penalty: Retentionist and Regressionist

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Guest post by Jake Rylatt On Sunday 19th October, amidst growing concerns surrounding the human rights situation in Iraq, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (‘OHCHR’) and UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (‘UNAMI’) Human Rights Office jointly published a ‘Report on the Death Penalty in Iraq’ (the ‘Report’). The Report ultimately… Read more »

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ADC-ICTY Ethics Training

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Association of Defence Counsel Practising Before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia – Ethics Training Event This comprehensive one-day training will focus on ethical issues during the pre-trial, trial and appeal stages and will address a number of pertinent questions in the form of three panel discussions. Date: 8 November 2014 Time: 9:00… Read more »

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William Schabas Appointed to Chair Gaza Inquiry

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Guest blog by Drea Becker William Schabas has been appointed by the Human Rights Council to chair an international commission of inquiry to investigate violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The commission will focus on the Gaza Strip, in the context of military operations conducted since 13 June… Read more »

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9BRi Team to Appear at Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

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Between 10-12 June 2014, members of 9 Bedford Row International will appear in a mock trial concerning UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (Landmark resolution on Women, Peace and Security) at The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. The prosecution will be conducted by 9BRi members Jonathan Carroll, David Hammond and Marija Bračković. Steven Kay QC, Toby… Read more »

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9BRi and Kingsley Napley Seminar on International Law

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9 Bedford Row thanks Kingsley Napley LLP for hosting yesterday’s seminar on international law. The event saw members of Chambers’ International Practice Group deliver presentations on international criminal, humanitarian and human rights law. Steven Kay QC began the event with a whistle-stop tour of international criminal law, moving from the Nuremburg and Tokyo WWII trials to the… Read more »

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Iraq Preliminary Investigation Re-Opened by ICC

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Today, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) re-opened its preliminary investigation into ‘war crimes involving systematic detainee abuse’ allegedly committed by officials of the United Kingdom in Iraq from 2003 until 2008. The investigation, previously concluded in 2006, has been re-opened in light of further evidence submitted to the… Read more »

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Ukraine Accepts ICC Jurisdiction

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On 17 April 2014, Ukraine, under Article 12(3) of the Rome Statute, accepted the ICC’s jurisdiction with respect to alleged crimes committed in its territory from 21 November 2013 to 22 February 2014. Article 12(3) of the Rome Statute enables a State not party to the Statute to accept the exercise of jurisdiction of the Court. Responding to Ukraine’s… Read more »

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Trial of Saif and Saadi Gaddafi Begins in Libya

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On Monday, the trial of two of Muammar Gaddafi’s sons, Saif al-Islam and Saadi, began in Tripoli, Libya. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi will appear alongside former spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi, two ex-prime ministers and 34 senior officials. Both sons are accused of “orchestrating a campaign of murder, torture and bombardment of civilians during Libya’s eight-month civil war in… Read more »

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Kenyatta Trial Chamber has Serious Concerns Regarding the Timeliness and Thoroughness of Prosecution Investigations; Adjourns Provisional Trial Date to 7 October 2014

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On 31 March 2014, ICC Trial Chamber V(B) issued its “Decision on Prosecution’s applications for a finding of non-compliance pursuant to Article 87(7) and for an adjournment of the provisional trial date“ in the case against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, in which it found that: (a)          A limited adjournment should be granted. This adjournment is… Read more »