Posts By: Alexander Kay


ETA to face crimes against humanity probe for killings and kidnappings


Basque separatist group ETA has had a crimes against humanity probe opened up against it. A judicial source has claimed that this is the first case of its kind. For more on this story, click the following link: Text source: Yahoo News/AFP Image source: CNN, July 10th 2015

Joseph Kony first public appearance in 20 years

The Slow Decline of Joseph Kony


A recent article in The Huffington Post suggests that Jospeh Kony’s health is failing and his troops are defecting. For more information, see here: Joseph Kony has been the subject of an arrest warrant issued by the ICC on 8 July 2005. The arrest warrant can be found here: Joseph Kony Arrest Warrant From The Huffington… Read more »


ICLB Submissions to the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka – The LTTE and the Legal Response to Terrorism and Crimes Committed by the LTTE


In September and October 2014, the International Criminal Law Bureau (ICLB) submitted a series of papers to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in relation to its investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL). The first in the series concerned the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and addressed the nature of the… Read more »


Central African Republic Votes to Create New Hybrid Tribunal


On April 22, 2015, the Central African Republic’s transitional parliament voted to adopt a law to create a Special Criminal Court to investigate and prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity that have been committed in the Central African Republic since 2003. In order for the Special Criminal Court to now be established, its acting… Read more »


IHRDA’s Case Law Analyser


The IHRDA in The Gambia defends victims of human rights violations before domestic and regional judicial bodies. It also makes sure that the judicial decisions lead to positive change. IHRDA has recently set up the Case Law Analyser which is the first multilingual free-to-access collection of human rights decisions of African supra-national mechanisms of its kind. ARC’s Director,… Read more »

Litigating Women's Rights

Litigating Women’s Rights Globally Workshop


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 »


ARC Supports Oxfam’s “Lawyers Against Poverty”


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


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


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


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: 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?


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: 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!


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


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


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


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:

ICLB Introduces a “Short Bio” Feature


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 »