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Supranational Criminal Law Lectures – Memorial Lecture for Avril McDonald – Peace v’s Justice and the Role of War Crimes Trials

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Tim McCormack will give a lecture on Peace v. Justice and the Role of War Crimes Trials at 19.30, 23 June 2010 at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, Den Haag. Tim McCormack is Professor of Law at the University of Melbourne Law School and Special Adviser on International Humanitarian Law to the Prosecutor of the International… Read more »

Bloody Sunday Report Published

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British Prime Minister David Cameron has apologised for what he said were the ‘unjustified and unjustifiable’ events of Bloody Sunday. He was speaking following the publication of Lord Saville’s inquiry into the killing of 14 civilians in Derry in 1972. In a statement, he said the 5,000-page report found that ‘on balance’ British troops fired the… Read more »

Calling African Female Lawyers!

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A few weeks ago, the ICC launched a new campaign in association with the International Bar Association to encourage African female lawyers to become counsel at the court. Last night, the ICC and the IBA presented the campaign in London. The event was introduced by Mr Nicholas Green QC (Chairman of the Bar Council) and… Read more »

Ban Ki-moon says the ICC has forced governments to alter their behaviour and a possible definition of the crime of “aggression”?

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Speaking at a conference in Uganda the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that the ICC has forced governments to alter their behaviour in the eight years of its existence. Ban Ki-moon told a summit in Uganda discussing the Hague-based court that it had curtailed impunity and had broken new ground on victims’ rights. “Few would have believed… Read more »

New Blog on the Block..

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A new blog site launched in March –  http://justiceupdated.com/ – the purpose of this blog is to keep those interested in ICL and ‘universal jurisdiction’ up-to-date by providing summary information about new developments in these fields. Welcome to the Blogosphere!

UN inquiry into death of Benazir Bhutto publishes report

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On 15 April a UN commission issued its report into the assassination of Pakistan’s former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, saying that her death could have been prevented and blaming all levels of government for failing to provide adequate security. The report further concludes that the Pakistani police deliberately failed to investigate the murder properly as… Read more »

Upcoming Lecture on Humanitarian Organizations – International criminal justice in the field

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The next lecture in the Supranational Criminal Law Lecture Series will be on 14 April 2010 at 19.30.  The topic is “Humanitarian Organizations – International criminal justice in the field”.  The speaker will be Ms. Anne-Marie La Rosa, Legal Adviser to the Advisory Service of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Venue: Grotius Centre, Lange… Read more »

The Vague New Crime of Aggression

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Michael J. Glennon, professor of international law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University,  has written an article in the New York Times in which he examines the crime of aggression. The Rome conference in 1998 which created the ICC left the crime of aggression undefined. However, Glennon examines what would change if the… Read more »

ICC judges grant request to launch an investigation on crimes against humanity with regard to the situation in Kenya

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Today, 31 March 2010, Pre-Trial Chamber II granted the ICC Prosecutor’s request to commence an investigation on crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the Republic of Kenya. The majority found that upon examination of the available information that the information available provides a reasonable basis to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed on… Read more »

Movies that Matter Festival

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The Movies that Matter Festival is the annual international film and debate festival of Amnesty International. The festival offers a platform for films that focus on situations where human rights and human dignity are at stake. Since early 2009 the festival has been organised in and around Filmhuis Den Haag, in the city of justice… Read more »

Two Appeals Chamber Judgements at the ICTR

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Last week the Appeals Chamber of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) rendered two judgements; affirming Simon Bikindi’s conviction and sentence of 15 years in prison and reversing a number of convictions of Simèon Nchamihigo and reducing his sentence to 40 years instead of  life imprisonment. Simon Bikindi On 2 December 2008… Read more »

USA to Undergo UN Human Rights Council Review

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Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton has announced that, for the first time, the United States will submit itself to a UN Human Rights Council review. “Human rights are universal, but their experience is local. This is why we are committed to holding everyone to the same standard, including ourselves,” Clinton said, referring to U.S. participation this… Read more »

Gideon Boas “Tribunal must tighten leash on Karadzic”

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Gideon Boas is a former senior legal officer of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and is now a senior lecturer at the Monash University law school, Melbourne. He recently published an article criticizing the management of the Karadzic trial and the right to self-representation at the ICTY  in the Sydney Morning Herald. The article… Read more »

Human Rights Watch Film Festival London March 17-26 2010

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“In recognition of the power of film to educate and galvanize a broad constituency of concerned citizens, Human Rights Watch decided to create the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival”. Human Rights Watch’s International Film Festival has become a leading venue for distinguished fiction, documentary and animated films and videos with a distinctive human rights… Read more »

ICC Investigation in Kenya – Update

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Last week the Prosecutor at the ICC provided Judges with a list of 20 suspects in the 2007-2008 Kenyan election violence. On 3 March 2010, ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo provided Judges at the ICC with a list of 20 names of persons alleged to bear the gravest responsibility for the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007… Read more »

International Women’s Day

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Today is International Women’s Day. The UN’s Theme for this year is ‘Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All‘.International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s and annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A directory of events to celebrate the day in… Read more »

Upcoming Lecture – “Making Sense of the STL: step forward or step backward for International Criminal Justice”

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On Wednesday,  24 March, from 19:30,  the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies (Leiden University, Campus The Hague), the T.M.C. Asser Institute and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court invite you to the Supranational Criminal Law Lecture Series  - the lecture topic is : Making Sense of the STL: step forward or step backward… Read more »

Amnesty International Seeks Action by Lebanese Authorities: The Special Tribunal for the Lebanon alone is insufficient to end human rights violations.

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Amnesty International is urging the Lebanese authorities to go beyond the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s narrow mandate of investigating the killing of former Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri and 22 others on 14 February 2005. Malcolm Smart, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme for Amnesty stated: “The Special Tribunal alone cannot provide sufficient… Read more »