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Supranational Criminal Law Lecture Series – Amnesties for mass atrocity

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The T.M.C. Asser Instituut, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies (Leiden University, Campus The Hague) are holding  the next lecture of the Supranational Criminal Law Lecture Series on 28 October 2009 at 19:30. The topic for the lecture will be: Amnesties for mass atrocity The speaker will be Mark Freeman… Read more »

Amnesty International Reports President Omar al Bashir has been invited to Afican Union Peace and Security Council meeting in Nigeria

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Amnesty International is reporting today that Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua has issued a secret invitation to Sudanese President Omar al Bashir to visit Nigeria next week on 29 October to attend the African Union Peace and Security Council meeting in Abuja. President Omar al Bashir has been indicted by the ICC on charges of war… Read more »

Musicians call for release of records on Guantanamo detainee treatment

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A high-profile coalition of  music artists — including members of Pearl Jam, R.E.M. and the Roots –requested on Thursday 15 October that the US government release the declassification of all records related to the use of music in interrogation practices under a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the National Security Archive, a Washington-based… Read more »

Prosecutor v. Radovan Karadzic: New Commencement Date

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Thanks to Sunniva Hansson, who prepared this post The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) yesterday upheld Radovan Karadzic’s appeal against the commencement date of his trial for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The Trial Chamber was ordered to delay the start of the trial until one… Read more »

Appeal Filed by Defence in Hartmann Case at ICTY

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Florence Hartmann’s Defence, Karim Khan and Guenael Mettraux,  filed an appeal last week against the judgement convicting the former OTP spokesperson of contempt of court. Hartmann was sentenced to pay a fine of € 7,000. The appeal contains 14 grounds and is available here – Hartmann Appeal Brief

Suspect in Rwandan Genocide Arrested in Kampala

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According to news reports this morning former intelligence chief, Idelphonse Nizeyimana has been arrested in Kampala. As intelligence chief Idelphonse Nizeyimana is thought to have organised the killing of many ethnic Tutsis – He is thought to have ordered the execution of Queen Dowager Rosalie Gicanda at the beginning of the killings in Butare. On November 27, 2000, the International Criminal… Read more »

EU Sponored Report into Russia-Georgia Conflict Finds Violations of International Law on Both Sides

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The war in Georgia last year was started by a Georgian attack that was not justified by international law, an EU-sponsored report, released yesterday has concluded.  It found that Tbilisi triggered the conflict, but the attack followed months of provocation, and both sides violated international law, the report said. It also found that Georgia’s claim… Read more »

ICC Prosecutor Re-Affirms Commitment to Address Post-Election Violence in Kenya

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In a press-release yesterday, 30th September, the ICC Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, reiterated  his resolve to address the post-election violence of early 2008 with the Kenyan leaders and to prevent recurring violence through what he referred to as a three-pronged approach –  the ICC prosecuting those most responsible; national accountability proceedings as defined by the Kenyan… Read more »

Opportunity – International Election Observation Mission in Sudan

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International Election Observation Mission in Sudan Voter Registration Medium-Term Observer Recruitment Notice The Carter Center is currently fielding an international election observation mission for Sudan’s planned 2010 national elections.  As a key part of its observation of Sudan’s electoral process, the Center is planning to deploy a contingent of medium-term observers to Sudan in November… Read more »

“The Ethical Obligations of Prosecution and Defence Counsel in International Criminal Proceedings” – Lecture by Colleen Rohan at the Asser Institute

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ICLB member Colleen Rohan will be speaking at the Asser Institute in the Hague next Wednesday 30th September on the topic of “The Ethical Obligations of Prosecution and Defence Counsel in International Criminal Proceedings.” This lecture part of the Asser Institute Supranational International Criminal Law series. The lecture begins at 7.30 and the Asser Institute… Read more »

Guest Post on ICC Appeals Chamber Decision regarding “Decision on the admissibility of the case under article 19 of the Statute, of 10 March 2009″ in the Case The Prosecutor v. Joseph Kony et al.

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ICC: Appeals Chamber delivered its “Judgement on the Appeal of the Defence against the ‘Decision on the Admissibility of the Case under Article 19 of the Statute, of 10 March 2009″ in The Prosecutor v. Joseph Kony et al. – ICC 02/04-01/05 – on 16th  September 2009 By Jens Dieckmann, Attorney at Law. Assigned Counsel for… Read more »

Michel Bagaragaza pleads guilty at ICTR

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On Thursday 17th  September 2009, the former Director-General of the office controlling the Rwandan tea industry, Michel Bagaragaza, pleaded guilty to one count of complicity in genocide before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). The Prosecution presented the plea agreement to the Trial Chamber together with a newly amended Indictment containing the single count. The trial… Read more »

Annual Report of the ICTY now available

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The Annual Report of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for year ending 2008-2009  is now available here and previous annual reports can be found here. In the summary  it is reported that the Tribunal continued to expedite its proceedings. The Appeals Chamber delivered three judgements involving four accused, bringing to eight-six the number of cases fully completed…. Read more »

Fellowships in International Human Rights with Human Rights Watch

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Human Rights Watch, the international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization, invites applications for its fellowship program. There are two different types of fellowship advertised unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted fellowships are open to recent graduates (at the Master’s level) in the fields of law, journalism, international relations, or other relevant studies. Graduates with LL.B. degrees… Read more »

ICC Prosecutor: Kenya Can Be an Example to the World

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Last week the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo met with representatives of Kenyan civil society organizations (ICPC, KHRC, ICJ-K, ICTJ-K as well as KNCHR) and afterwards released a press statement in which he stated that ““Kenya will show how to manage past violence and how to create a peaceful process for… Read more »

Lecture by Mikhail Gorbachev – Resetting the Nuclear Disarmament Agenda

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The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in conjunction with the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) presents the Third Edition of the Geneva Lecture Series, a public conference with a lecture by  Mikhail Gorbachev, Former President of the Soviet Union and Founding President of Green Cross International on Resetting the Nuclear Disarmament… Read more »

“Lubanga Trial Transformed by Victims”

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In an article on the Institute for War and Peace Reporting website (IWPR), Rachel Irwin reports that the Lubanga trial at the ICC has been transformed by victim participation, a unique feature of the ICC. She reports that their most significant contribution so far was the application by victims’ lawyers to add charges of sexual… Read more »

Grotius Centre Book Launch in the Hague – ‘Western Cooperation, Origins and History’

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On Thursday 10th September 2009 The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies (Leiden University, Campus The Hague) has organised a book launch of ‘Western Cooperation, Origins and History’, published by Wolf Legal Publishers to celebrate the new academic year and the opening of the LL.M. Advanced programme in Public International Law. The speaker will be… Read more »

Postponement of Trial in Katanga & Ngudjolo case, ICC

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The Trial Chamber in The Prosecutor v. Katanga & Ngudjolo at the International Criminal Court rendered a decision postponing the beginning of trial yesterday. The opening statements were to begin on September, 24th, 2009 in the second case related to the Democratic Republic of Congo (Ituri), but are now postponed to November 24th, 2009. The… Read more »

Amnesty International Calls for East Timor Tribunal

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Amnesty International has called upon the United Nations Security Council to set up an international criminal tribunal to investigate abuses in East Timor both under Indonesian rule and in the vote for independence. In a new report marking ten years since the independence vote in East Timor, (also known as Timor-Leste), Amnesty International has called… Read more »