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Wilders – Trial De Novo – New Judges After Bias Claim

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Guest Post by Geraldine Coughlan The collapse of the high-profile trial of the Dutch right-wing MP Geert Wilders, on charges of inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims, has caused uproar in the Netherlands. A special panel of judges at the Amsterdam Court of Appeal decided to replace the trial judges after Mr. Wilders accused them… Read more »

Caribbean governments must accept CCJ as final arbiter

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*Guest Post by Geraldine Coughlan The President of the ICTY, Jamaican judge Patrick Robinson, has scolded members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), who still use Britain’s Privy Council as their final court of appeal. He is backed up by Sir Dennis Byron, the President of the ICTR, who is from St. Kitts. Speaking in Barbados,… Read more »

Cartload of ECHR Articles!

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Antoine Buyse over at the ECHR Blog has drawn our attention to a number of recent journal articles focusing on the ECHR which readers may find interesting. Please see here for the links to the articles  - http://echrblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/cartload-of-echr-articles.html

Employment Opportunity with The Public International Law & Policy Group

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The Public International Law & Policy Group  (PILPG) seeks a Chief of Party, for its Bosnia and Herzegovina office. PILPG is a non-profit organization that operates as a global pro bono law firm providing free assistance to developing states and governments. PILPG also provides policy formulation advice and training on matters related to conflict resolution. To… Read more »

SCSL in 11-million dollar funding deficit

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Guest post by Geraldine Coughlan Sierra Leone’s war crimes tribunal faces an 11- million-dollar funding gap as it wraps up the trial of Liberia’s former president Charles Taylor, according to its annual report. The Special Court for Sierra Leone, seated at The Hague, is set to close its doors soon after Mr. Taylor’s trial is… Read more »

Uganda Wants Permanent Seat On UN Security Council For Africa

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Uganda wants a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for Africa to ensure the continent’s interests are protected, Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni was quoted as stating last week. “The Council needs greater credibility, legitimacy and representation. It is an injustice that the entire continent of Africa, with 53 member states and a population… Read more »

Upcoming Conference: Corporate War Crimes

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October 29–30, 2010 The Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands The illegal exploitation of natural resources has fueled and financed brutal conflicts around the world, yet there has been little success to date in holding companies accountable for trafficking in conflict resources. This conference, accompanying the Open Society Justice Initiative’s launch of a manual on prosecuting… Read more »

Amnesty International Report Outlines Concerns over Rwanda’s “genocide ideology” and “sectarianism” laws

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In a Report published on 31 August 2010 Amnesty International have outlined concerns over Rwanda’s laws on “genocide ideology” and “sectarianism”. These laws were introduced following the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Up to 800,000 Rwandans were killed during the 1994 genocide, most of them ethnic Tutsi, but also some Hutu who opposed this organized killing and the… Read more »

Job Opportunity with the Open Justice Society Institute – Cambodia

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Monitor – Khmer Rouge Trials – Based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia Project Description Open Society Justice Initiative (“Justice Initiative”) has undertaken capacity building, training, advocacy, monitoring, and outreach, and other work in relation to the Extraordinary Chambers for the period of Democratic Kampuchea process since 2005. Police, prosecutorial and judicial abuses in Cambodia have periodically… Read more »

STL Prosecutor Seeks Information held by Hizbollah Leader

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As reported by the UN News Centre on 11 August, the Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for the Lebanon (STL), Daniel Bellemare has asked that country’s authorities to hand over all information allegedly held by Hizbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah pertaining to the 2005 attack against the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others. Mr. Nasrallah… Read more »

Research Vacancy at the University of Antwerp

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The University of Antwerp (UA) seeks to fill the following vacancy at the Faculty of Law: Researcher (BAP – 100%) on POWER SHARING and HUMAN RIGHTS Job description (posted 1 August 2010): The successful candidate will be the lead researcher on the two year research project A human rights approach to power-sharing as a tool… Read more »

General Assembly Internship 65th Session, ISHR, New York

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The New York Office of the International Service for Human Rights‘ (ISHR – http://www.ishr.ch) seeks a team of four interns to monitor and write analytical reports on the human rights meetings taking place during the 65th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York. The internship will take place from October… Read more »

Shari’a Law and Military Operations Seminar at the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences

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The International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences (ISISC) has announced that the next NATO School/ISISC Shari’a Law and Military Operations Seminar, will take place at the headquarters of the ISISC in via Logoteta 29, Siracusa (Italy), on 11-15 October 2010. The goal of this seminar is to provide instruction to military officers, legal advisors,… Read more »

Kaing Guek Eav (Duch) convicted of crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 at the ECCC

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The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) today found Kaing Guek Eav alias Duch guilty of crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and sentenced him to thirty-five years of imprisonment. Following an earlier decision of the Chamber of 15 June 2009, the Chamber… Read more »

Internships with Human Rights Watch, Brussels

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Human Rights Watch is seeking two full-time interns in its Brussels office to assist with HRW’s work on the case against Hissène Habré. The internship will last a minimum of four months starting in September 2010, though six months would be preferred. The interns will be supervised by HRW’s Counsel in this matter, and will… Read more »