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Parliament Adopts Bill to Help Burundian Society as UN Panel Reveals Human Rights Situation has Not Improved

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On 9th August 2017 the lower chamber of Parliament in Burundi, the National Assembly, adopted the bill on the setting up of the National Observatory for the Prevention and Eradication of Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity. The observatory is responsible for monitoring the development of Burundian society from the perspectives of genocide, war… Read more »

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Challenges Facing the ICC

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By Mohammed Subhan Hussain The case relating to the capture of al-Bashir as well as the potential withdrawal of South Africa from the International Criminal Court represent serious challenges to the ICC. The South African government declared its withdrawal from the ICC on 19th October 2016. Nevertheless when tested in court, the judgment of the… Read more »

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Social Media Content Used as Evidence in ICC Arrest Warrant

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The ICC has issued its first arrest warrant based entirely on evidence collected from social media. The warrant was issued against Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli, an alleged commander within the Al-Saiqa Brigade in Libya, who is accused of having committed or ordered 33 murders in Benghazi or surrounding areas in June 2016 and July 2017…. Read more »

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New Data Protection Bill for Post-Brexit Britain

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The UK Government has released a Statement of Intent from its Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The statement is an overview of the reforms planned for the United Kingdom’s data protection laws, which are to be implemented by the Data Protection Bill. The Statement outlines that after Britain’s departure from the European Union… Read more »

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BIICL Event – Public International Lawyers in Practice

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On 8th September 2017 the British Institute for International and Comparative Law (BIICL) is hosting an event called: Public International Lawyers in Practice. It is a seminar that hopes to provide a greater understanding into the range of career opportunities that are available to international lawyers, be they at the start of their professional lives… Read more »

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Defense Perspectives on International Criminal Justice

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Colleen Rohan, member of 9 Bedford Row International and founding member of the International Criminal Law Bureau has just edited and produced a new book: Defense Perspectives on International Criminal Justice, published by Cambridge University Press. The book is co-edited by Gentian Zyberi, a professor of law at the University of Oslo. It includes chapters… Read more »

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IBA Releases Handbook for Lawyers on Business and Human Rights

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The IBA has launched the first two chapters of the Online Handbook for Lawyers on Business and Human Rights. The IBA’s Legal Policy and Research Unit (LPRU), based in the IBA’s London office, has produced the Handbook as an online self-learning tool. This resource aims to assist lawyers who seek to integrate business and human… Read more »

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Ex-Judge to Lead UN Team Investigating Serious Crimes in Syria

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On Monday 3rd of July, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, appointed ex-Judge Catherine Marchi-Uhel to lead a new UN team that has been set up to investigate serious crimes which have taken place in Syria. Originating in December 2016, the team is being called the International Impartial and Independent Mechanism. The aim… Read more »

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ICC Judges Confirm that South Africa’s Government was Legally Obligated to Arrest Omar Al-Bashir Under Rome Statute

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On Thursday, Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) confirmed that South Africa’s government failed to meet with the obligations of the Rome Statute by failing to detain Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during a visit he made to the country in 2015. Al-Bashir ifaces charges from the ICC in relation to crimes he is alleged… Read more »

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9BR’s Gary Summers Launches New Websites on Private Investigations and Prosecutions and Medical Defence Services

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Gary Summers of 9 Bedford Row has launched two new websites that promote his legal services in the areas of private prosecutions and medical defence services. Investigate and Prosecute offers an all-inclusive, unique private investigation and prosecution service to businesses and private individuals. The service includes the launching of investigations both in and outside of… Read more »

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Gillian Higgins Launches Mediation of Conflict Website

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This month, Gillian Higgins, Head of the International Practice Group at The Chambers of 9 Bedford Row launches the new website Mediation of Conflict. The site provides details of mediation services offered through 9 Bedford Row in the areas of civil and commercial, workplace and pre/post conflict situations. Click here for more detail. Website: www.mediationofconflict.com… Read more »

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Opening statement in Stanišić and Simatović retrial

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Today the Prosecution will open the first full retrial in the history of international criminal law. In 2013, Jovića Stanišić and Franko Simatović were acquitted on all counts in the indictment in their trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia. In 2015, the Appeals Chamber reversed their acquittals having found errors of law which,… Read more »