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Posts By: Cathy Mac Daid

Haiti Humanitarian Relief Effort

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International relief agencies have renewed their appeals for donations to help victims of the Haiti earthquake as first consignments of aid reach the devastated country. The Haitian Red Cross said it believed 45,000 to 50,000 people had died and 3 million more, one third of Haiti’s population, were hurt or left homeless by the 7.0… Read more »

Call for Papers for the 4th Biennial European Society of International Law Conference

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The 4th Biennial Conference of the ESIL will take place in Cambridge, England on 2-4 September 2010, with the overarching theme International Law 1989-2010: A Performance Appraisal. The conference will be hosted by the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. The call for papers is now open and available on the conference website www.esil.law.cam.ac.uk. Full details on how… Read more »

ECtHR Judgment on Human Trafficking

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As reported by Antonine Buyse here and by Aoife Nolan here, last week the European Court of Human Rights passed a decisive judgment on the issue of human trafficking in the case of Rantsev v. Cyprus and Russia. This case concerned the death of Oxana Rantseva and was brought by her father. Oxana moved from Russia on 5 March… Read more »

Seselj trial recommences at the ICTY

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The trial of Vojislav Seselj at the ICTY recommenced yesterday after a break of some 11 months. Seselj is charged with crimes against humanity in Croatia, Vojvodina and BH. The trial commenced on 27 November 2006, in the absence of Seselj who had been on a hunger-strike since 10 November and refused to appear in court. On… Read more »

Upcoming Amman Advanced Professional Trainings on Humanitarian Law and Policy – 21-25 February 2010

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Some spaces still available! Click here to access the online application form. In cooperation with the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy, the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) at Harvard University, and Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP), HPCR International is pleased to offer the third edition of the Advanced Professional Trainings on… Read more »

New Offence of Blasphemy in Ireland

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As of 1 January 2010 the offence of blasphemy (Defamation Act 2009) has come into force in Ireland. In fact this is not a “new” offence as blasphemy was a common law offence under the Irish Constitution  and the Defamation Act of 1961 also made it a statutory crime, but did not define what blasphemy was…. Read more »

Belgium takes Switzerland to International Court of Justice over the Sabena bankruptcy

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On 22 December 2009, the Kingdom of Belgium filed an Application Instituting Proceedings against the Swiss Confederation at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The dispute relates to the bankruptcy of the Belgian national airline Sabena in 2001 and  “has arisen out of the pursuit of parallel judicial proceedings in Belgium and Switzerland” in respect… Read more »

HRW – New Report on Cuba

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“New Castro, Same Cuba” is the title of the new report of Human Rights Watch published on 18 November. The 123 page report examines the legal foundation of repression in Cuba, due process violations, political prisoners, inhumane prisons and everyday forms of repression. At the outset the report notes the lack of co-operation of the… Read more »

Vote to Ban Building of new Minarets in Switzerland

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Last night a majority of Swiss voters (57%) voted to ban the building of minarets on new mosques. This has been described as a “surprise” result and the Swiss government has since issued a statement saying that although it respected the outcome it was “regretted”. The proposal had been put forward by the Swiss People’s… Read more »

Lecture – Avocats Sans Frontieres (ASF) Roundtable Launch of `The Application of the Rome Statute By National Courts in DRC`-Case Study

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The Case Study, originally published in French in March 2009, provides a detailed examination of the decisions of the Congolese military tribunals concerning international criminal law. The panel discussion will explore the practice in the DRC in relation to the investigation and prosecution of international crimes and the challenges and difficulties faced by judges. This… Read more »

ICTY Appeals Chamber Reduces Dragomir Milošević’s Sentence

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On 12 November the Appeals Chamber of the ICTY reduced Dragomir Milošević’s sentence from 33 to 29 years. The Trial Chamber found that Milošević was guilty of crimes against humanity and of a violation of the laws or customs of war. He was convicted of five counts of terror, murder and inhumane acts conducted during… Read more »

Appeals Chamber Judgement in Prosecutor vs. Sesay, Kallon and Gbao (RUF Case) and Interview with Defence Counsel

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The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) Appeals Chamber upheld sentences for three former RUF leaders on October 26. Former RUF Interim Leader Issa Hassan Sesay and Senior RUF Commander Morris Kallon were each convicted in February 2009 on 16 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for atrocities committed during Sierra Leone’s decade-long… Read more »

Amnesty International Recruiting for Representative and Head of Office at the UN

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Amnesty International are currently recruiting for Representative and Head of Office at the UN in New York. The Representative & Head of Office has overall responsibility for managing the Office and leading the Office team in the development, implementation, evaluation and coordination of Amnesty International (AI) strategies in relation to the United Nations (UN) and… Read more »

President Omar al-Bashir Visit to Turkey Cancelled

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Michelle from Stop Genocide (http://genocide.change.org/) reported yesterday that Sudanese President and ICC Indictee Omar al-Bashir cancelled his scheduled trip to Turkey on Sunday for a meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). Human rights groups had protested the rolling out of the Turkish welcome mat for the wanted president, and European Union (EU)… Read more »

The Situation in the Republic of Kenya assigned to Pre-Trial Chamber II at the International Criminal Court

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Last week the Presidency of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a decision assigning the situation in the Republic of Kenya to Pre-Trial Chamber II. The Presidency had received from the Prosecutor a letter, dated 5 November, 2009, indicating its intention to submit a request for the authorisation of an investigation into that situation considering… Read more »