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Posts By: Deirdre Montgomery

SOAS International Justice Debate

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On Friday 3 February, students and academics, practitioners and journalists travelled from around the UK to hear Professor Martti Koskenniemi, an international lawyer from the University of Helsinki, and Steven Kay QC, of the ICLB and 9 Bedford Row,  debate the issue of show trials in international justice proceedings. Photos Courtesy of Glenn Ratliffe.

ICTR Appeal Judgements rendered in Bagosora & Nsengiyumva and Ntawukulilyayo

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Guest Post by Paul Bradfield On 14 December 2011, the ICTR Appeals Chamber sitting in open session in Arusha, Tanzania, rendered two Appeal Judgements. On 18 December 2008, Trial Chamber I found Théoneste Bagosora and Anatole Nsengiyumva guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity, and serious violations of Article 3 common to the Geneva Conventions and of Additional Protocol II for crimes… Read more »

Provisional Release Precedent set for ICTY Accused Awaiting Final Judgement

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By Joshua Kern* The ICTY Appeals Chamber yesterday issued a significant decision on provisional release, affirming the Prlić Trial Chamber’s Decision of 24 November 2011 to release Dr. JadrankoPrlićfor three months with the possibility of extension (Decision on Prosecution Appeal of Decision on Provisional Release of JadrankoPrlić, IT-04-74-A65.26, 15 December 2011).  The decision paves the… Read more »

Article: A Partial Victory for Fair Trial Rights at the ECCC with the Decision on the Statute of Limitations on Domestic Crimes – Pettay & Lampron

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Tanya Pettay and Katherine Lampron of the Ieng Sary Defence team have written an article discussing the ECCC Trial Chambers Decision on Defence Preliminary Objections (Statute of Limitations on Domestic Crimes). See the abstract below and click on the link for the full article: At the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (“ECCC”), the… Read more »

Gill Higgins Launches Project “ARC” – ARC: Advice, Representation and Cases at The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

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The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), based in Arusha, Tanzania was established by the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights is the primaryhuman rights instrument governing the member… Read more »

ECCC: Ieng Thirith declared unfit to stand trial

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The Trial Chamber of the ECCC has found that the accused Ieng Thirith is unfit to stand trial due to her progressive, degenerative Alzheimers, and has ordered the severance of the charges against her from the indictment in Case 002.  The proceedings against her are now stayed and her release from detention has been ordered…. Read more »

Launch of International Criminal Defence Manual

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Last month saw the publication of a new manual on international criminal defence. The manual was developed by the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), together with the Association of Defence Counsel (ADC) practicing before the ICTY. Colleen Rohan of the ICLB coordinated the Manual’s production, and it includes chapters written by Colleen… Read more »

In Memoriam: Alexandra Dodger

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The ICLB learns with great sadness of the passing of Alexandra Dodger. Alexandra interned at the ICTY last year, and took part in the ICLB Moot Court competition.  She was diligent and enthusiastic and played a key role in securing the Best Team award for her Mock Trial Team. Below are links to the announcement… Read more »

9 Bedford Row International Annual Conference

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The 9 Bedford Row International Annual Conference has been rescheduled for 19 November 2011. It reviews some of the cases and situations the 9BRi international criminal law team have dealt with in the last year at the ICC, ICTY, STL, Bangladesh Courts.  Steven Kay QC and Gillian Higgins of the ICLB will be speaking along… Read more »

Kenyatta Defence at ICC Confirmation of Charges Hearing

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ICLB members Steven Kay QC and Gillian Higgins have been vigorously defending Uhuru Kenyatta at the Confirmation of Charges hearing for the Kenya 2 Case at the ICC.  Today, Mr. Kenyatta took the stand in his own defence. Below are links to news features and articles describing the past few days of hearings.  More clips… Read more »