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Steven Kay QC to Speak on Peacemaking and Peacebuilding in Colombia

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On Tuesday 12 May 2015, Steven Kay QC will speak at an event entitled “Colombia’s Transition: Peacemaking and Peacebuilding in Context” hosted by the London School of Economics and Political Science. The public event will focus upon the current status and prospects of the peace negotiations and the future implementation of the agreements. Steven will participate… Read more »

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SOCO International Announces an Investigation into Allegations of Human Rights Abuses in Virunga National Park

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SOCO International has now requested an external agency to conduct an independent report into intimidation and / or human rights abuses in the Virunga National Park (‘VNP’), in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 9 Bedford Row had provided pro bono legal services in support of the film, ‘Virunga: The Movie’, which worked to highlight the bribery and corruption… Read more »

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ICTY Appeals Chamber Delivers Judgment in Popović et al.

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On Friday 30 January 2015, the ICTY Appeals Chamber issued its Judgment in the case of Popović et al, the Tribunal’s largest completed case to date. The Appellants, five senior Bosnian Serbian military officials Vujadin Popović, Ljubiša Beara, Drago Nikolić, Radivoje Miletić, and Radivoje Miletić, had been tried for crimes perpetrated by Bosnian Serb forces in… Read more »

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Council of Europe Report Denounces Russian Persecution of Hermitage Partner as Not Being a “Bona Fide Pursuit of Criminal Justice”

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Press Release 24 January 2014 – In his new report on the Magnitsky case, the Council of Europe’s Rapporteur has criticized the case opened by the Russian Interior Ministry against Hermitage Capital’s partner, Ivan Cherkasov, saying that it was not a “bona fide pursuit of criminal justice.” Hermitage Capital and its law firm in Moscow,… Read more »

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IBA War Crimes Committee: 2014 Tokyo Conference

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Tokyo IBA Conference, 19-24 October 2014 IBA War Crimes Committee Co-Chair Steven Kay QC   The Tokyo Sessions: 1.   The verdict on the ICC and UN ad hoc tribunals as competing justice systems. Which is the winner? The ICC and UN ad hoc Tribunals both dispense international justice. However, their structures and procedures vary significantly… Read more »

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Withdrawal of INTERPOL Red Notice

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Steven Kay QC and Eeva Heikkila of 9 Bedford Row have successfully represented a client at INTERPOL, resulting in the withdrawal of a Red Notice against him, which had been requested by the Russian Federation. Mr Kay QC and Ms Heikkila submitted that the Red Notice stemmed from fabricated charges against the client and was politically motivated. As… Read more »

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Jacques Verges (05.3.1925 -15.8.2013)

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Guest post by Jeremy Holiday French lawyer, Jacques Verges, has died of a cardiac arrest, at the age of 88. Mr Verges, dubbed by the media as the ‘Devil’s advocate’, defended many high profile clients, and will leave an indelible mark in the field of International Criminal Law. Sometimes defending the seemingly indefensible, Mr Verges’… Read more »

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Call for Participants: ICLB-ADC Mock Trial

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On 29 June 2013, the International Criminal Law Bureau will be sponsoring its third Mock Trial, this time in conjunction with the Association of Defence Counsel practising at the ICTY.  The purpose of this event is to offer junior lawyers the opportunity to practise their courtroom skills in a realistic setting.   During the Mock Trial, participants will… Read more »

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José Efrain Ríos Montt se Declara Inocente en el Primer Juicio por Genocidio Contra un Ex Presidente en América Latina

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José Efraín Ríos Montt, el ex presidente de Guatemala que está siendo juzgado por un tribunal guatemalteco por la presunta comisión de  los delitos de genocidio y crímenes de Guerra, rompió por fin ayer su silencio para declararse inocente en el juicio tras las alegaciones finales de la defensa. Los cargos se relaciona a su… Read more »

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José Efraín Ríos Montt Declares his Innocence in the First Latin American Trial of a Former President for Genocide

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In the closing of defence arguments yesterday, José Efraín Ríos Montt, the former President of Guatemala, on trial for genocide and war crimes, broke his silence for the first time in the proceedings in order to declare his innocence. The charges against Ríos Montt relate to his alleged responsibility for the massacres committed in Ixil… Read more »

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Death of ICC Accused Jerbo

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The Defence team of Mr Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus (“Jerbo”) has today publicly notified the ICC of Mr Jerbo’s death on 19 April 2013, stating: “1. The Defence of Mr Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus (“Defence”) hereby notifies the Trial Chamber, with great sadness, that it received the news yesterday, 20 April 2013, that Mr Jerbo… Read more »

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ICC Accused General Bosco Ntaganda Surrenders to Officials in Kigali

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Rwanda’s Foreign Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, has confirmed that General Bosco Ntaganda has surrendered himself to the US embassy in Kigali. Rwandan born General Ntaganda has been at large since a warrant for his arrest was issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 22 August 2006. According to Victoria Nuland, spokeswoman for the US State Department,… Read more »