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Iran begins Fourth Mass Trial Today

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Iran began its fourth mass trial of people accused of fomenting unrest after the disputed June presidential election today. The official IRNA news agency said earlier those to be put on trial in a Tehran Revolutionary Court included former Deputy Interior Minister Mostafa Tajzadeh, former Deputy Foreign Minister Mohsen Aminzadeh, former government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh,… Read more »

Trial of Gaspard Kanyarukiga to start at the ICTR on 31 August

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The trial of Gaspard Kanyarukiga will begin at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on 31 August 2009. Gaspard Kanyarukiga was born in 1945 in the commune of Kivumu, Kibuye prefecture, Rwanda. At the time of the events, he was a businessman. Together with Athanase Seromba he is accused of planning the massacre of some… Read more »

Karadzic Case ready for Trial at the ICTY

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The case of Radovan Karadzic is ready for trial, Judge Iain Bonomy said on Thursday at the end of the status conference in the proceedings against the former Republika Srpska president, Radovan Karadzic.  At the status conference Karadzic indicated his intention to contest all adjudicated facts, including the responsibility of the Bosnian Serbs for the Markale… Read more »

A Nuremberg for Guantanamo : Guénaël Mettraux Op-Ed Contribution to the New York Times

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Guénaël Mettraux of the ICLB has contributed an op-ed piece to yesterday’s New York Times on Guantanamo detainees and the need for an international tribunal, under the title ‘A Nuremberg for Guantanamo’. The piece is available here – http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/20/opinion/20mettraux.html?_r=1&ref=global . Below is the original piece: THE GREAT IMPASSE – CLOSING DOWN GUANTANAMO Guénaël Mettraux In… Read more »

Upcoming Lecture – The ICRC and the Geneva Conventions

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The British Institute of International and Comparative Law in Association with the British Red Cross are holding a lecture and seminar series on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions. The first lecture will take place on September 7th 2009: Location: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17… Read more »

ICLB Guenael Mettraux – Two Lectures on International Criminal Law

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On Monday 17th August 2009, at the invitation of Professor Otto Triffterer, ICLB member, Guénaël Mettraux, will be giving a lecture to the participants of the Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law and International Humanitarian Law  - “Facing the First Review Conference Right Ahead – Kampala and Beyond”. On the 22nd and 23rd August,… Read more »

ASIL Conference – Changing Futures? Science and International Law

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The Research Forum “Changing Futures? Science and International Law” is the first academic conference to be organized jointly by the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and the European Society of International Law (ESIL). The conference will be organized at the University of Helsinki, October 2-3, 2009. The local organizers are: the Centre of Excellence… Read more »

Judgement Rendered in Lukic and Lukic Case at the ICTY

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Today, 20th July 2009, the Trial Chamber in the Lukic and Lukic case at the ICTY rendered its judgement. Milan Lukic and his cousin Sredoje Lukic were members  of the “White Eagles” or “Avengers”, a group of local Bosnian Serb paramilitaries in Višegrad, south-eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1992-1995 conflict. The two cousins were charged with murder,… Read more »

Reporter Imprisoned in Guantanamo to sue George Bush

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Several news outlets are reporting that an al-Jazeera reporter who was imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay plans to launch a joint legal action with other detainees against former US President George Bush and other administration officials, for the illegal detention and torture he and others suffered at the hands of US authorities. The plaintiff – Sami… Read more »

Close of Prosecution Case in Lubanga Trial at the ICC

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On the 14th July, the Prosecution in the trial of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, the founder and leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots in the Ituri region of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), closed their case after calling twenty-eight witnesses. The Chamber also called two experts to testify. Lubanga faces two counts of war… Read more »

Guénaël Mettraux Article – The Special Tribunal for Lebanon Renders its First Decisions

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The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (“STL”) has recently started its operation. A number of orders have already been rendered by this Tribunal. These orders raise important issues of international criminal law in particular as regards the interactions between international and domestic criminal tribunals. ICLB member Guénaël Mettraux has written an article commenting upon the first… Read more »

Germany Ratifies Cluster Munitions Treaty

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Germany has ratified a 2008 agreement banning cluster bombs and destroying stockpiles a senior government official said on 9th July. Germany deposited its instrument of ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions at the United Nations in New York, making it the 11th country to ratify the treaty. “Germany’s swift ratification of this treaty shows its… Read more »

Security Council Extends Terms of Judges at the ICTY and ICTR

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Yesterday, July 7th, the Security Council extended the terms of the judges serving at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) so they can complete remaining cases by the deadline set for the courts’ work. The Council, in two separate resolutions that were adopted unanimously, urged… Read more »

UK Plans New Powers on Genocide

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The BBC is reporting that under plans outlined by Justice Secretary Jack Straw  war crimes suspects from Rwanda and the Balkans living in Britain could be tried in the UK. Under the proposals, anyone suspected of war crimes since 1991 – 10 years earlier than the current law allows – could be prosecuted in a UK court…. Read more »