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Litigating Women's Rights

Litigating Women’s Rights Globally Workshop

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The Litigating Women’s Rights Globally workshop which was held at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer yesterday led by Joss Saunders, proved to be an invaluable opportunity for lawyers and NGOs to examine some of the practical challenges for strategic litigation on women’s rights. The workshop heard about Oxfam’s Raising her Voice campaign and some of the challenges… Read more »

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ARC Supports Oxfam’s “Lawyers Against Poverty”

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Gillian Higgins at ARC has joined Oxfam’s Lawyers Against Poverty project which establishes a Justice Fund to support ground breaking legal projects that will give the poorest and most vulnerable people greater knowledge of their rights and access to justice to help them break free from poverty. Joss Saunders, Oxfam’s General Counsel and Company Secretary… Read more »

2 PhD vacancies at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies

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The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies (Leiden Law School & Campus Den Haag) has two funded PhD vacancies for the project ‘From Conflict Termination to Peacemaking: Role and Contours of a Contemporary ‘Jus Post Bellum’’ funded by the Innovational Research Incentive Scheme (Vidi) of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The project will… Read more »

Awareness Africa: Sudan’s Referendum

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The 9 January 2011 referendum in Southern Sudan is likely to result in the creation of a new sovereign state, the first in Africa since Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993.  Much work needs to be done however to ensure that any separation will be peaceful. Some of the central issues concerning the impact… Read more »

Awareness Africa: The African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights

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Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the issuance of the first judgement of the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights (the ACHPR) on 15 December 2009.  See an interesting article by Roland Adjovi:  http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/forumy/2009/12/questionable-precedent-first-ruling-by.php The Court was formally established by a charter adopted in 1998, which entered into force in 2004. The court came into… Read more »

Rwanda: More Trouble in Paradise?

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In August, The Economist published an article entitled “President Kagame Under Scrutiny”. It drew attention to the recent re-election of President Kagame and the context of “murder, censorship and meaningful opposition” in which it took place: http://www.economist.com/node/16750119 On Friday, The Independent featured a piece on Paul Rusebagina, the “Hero” of “Hotel Rwanda” who is credited… Read more »

Miss Campbell’s No Rough Diamond!

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Miss Campbell’s No Rough Diamond! On 20 May, the Prosecution claimed that the anticipated testimony of Miss Naomi Campbell concerned a central issue in the trial of Charles Taylor, namely his “possession of rough diamonds”. Dressed impeccably and traditionally late, Miss Campbell appeared in The Hague today to testify as a Prosecution witness in the… Read more »

Employment Opportunity at the Kurdish Human Rights Project

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The Kurdish Human Rights Project is pleased to announce a new vacancy for a Legal Officer/Legal Director (MATERNITY COVER – one year contract beginning mid-October). This role offers a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the work of KHRP in making full use of international mechanisms to protect the human rights of people living in the… Read more »

International Criminal Law Quote of the Month

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ICLB members Gillian Higgins and Steven Kay QC would like to welcome new entries for the “International Criminal Law Quote of the Month”.  The August prize goes to Mr T Dauggard for his haunting reminder of the world according to George W Bush: “I didn’t join the International Criminal Court because I don’t want to put our… Read more »

Human Rights Symposium in London, 11-12 September

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The Law Society is hosting a Human Rights symposium in London on 11-12 September. The two day event will consist of a series of talks, workshops and a special guest panel. The speakers will include former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg. For more information please visit this web link:  http://international.lawsociety.org.uk/node/6375

ICLB Introduces a “Short Bio” Feature

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From Monday 7 September, Facebook fans of the ICLB site will be able to have a short bio of their work experience in international criminal law updated onto our Facebook Community page. The ICLB hope that this feature will inspire budding lawyers and professionals to use this space to advertise their skills and attract those… Read more »

Kurdish Human Rights Project Welcomes ECtHR Judgment

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KHRP today welcomed a decision from the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) regarding a case it lodged on behalf of Armenian national Maksim Gasparyan in August 2004. In April of that year, Mr Gasparyan was arrested and detained by police in the Shengavit District for ‘disturbing public order’. Refuting this, Mr Gasparyan alleged that… Read more »

Africa Updates on the ICC

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The ICLB notes the announcement of the publication of the latest issue of the “Africa Update” newsletter by the Coalition for the ICC. “Africa Update” (previously entitled “ICC-Africa”) is available online at http://www.iccnow.org/?mod=iccafrica or http://www.iccnow.org/documents/AfricaUpdate11__fr.pdf “Africa Update” is a biannual newsletter focused on ICC developments in Africa and key CICC campaigns in the region.  

Feedback from the Lebanon Tribunal Conference in London

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The conference on the Lebanon Tribunal given by Steven Kay QC was a “resounding success” according to the participants who attended at 9 Bedford Row in London on Saturday. A number of practising barristers from the UK and Germany attended the event which provided an in-depth analysis of the applicable law, the historical background and… Read more »