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

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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 »

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Victim Participation in Proceedings of the International Criminal Court – Observations from a Counsel’s Perspective

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Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR), an inter-disciplinary network founded in 2007 and comprised of academics and students focusing on issues arising in relation to the transition in societies recovering from conflict, will host a seminar addressing victims participation at the ICC. OTJR has invited Jens Dieckmann to provide an in-depth insight into the following topics:… Read more »

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ICL from The Hague to Berlin

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Recently two ICL conferences took place in The Hague and Berlin, respectively. The International Bar Association held its Annual Conference on International Criminal Law in The Hague from 31 January to 1 February 2015. A week before, on 24 January 2015, the Association of International Criminal Defence Lawyers Germany e.V.  held its 9th Annual Conference… Read more »

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Statement of the Defence for Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta in Respect of the Withdrawal of Charges

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The Defence welcomes the withdrawal of the charges against President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta. The charges in this case were confirmed on the basis of false evidence. The Prosecution was warned about the falsity of its evidence from the start, but these Defence warnings went unheeded. Insufficient investigations and over-reliance on untested NGO reports crippled this… Read more »

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ICLB Member Update – Colleen Rohan re-elected ADC-ICTY President

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It is our pleasure to announce that Colleen Rohan has been re-elected as the President of the Association of Defence Counsel practising before the ICTY. Jens Dieckmann; Slobodan Zecevic, Chris Gosnell, and Dragan Ivetic were elected as Vice-Presidents. Colleen is an ICLB founder member and a member of 9 Bedford Row Chambers.

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9BRi Team to Appear at Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

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Between 10-12 June 2014, members of 9 Bedford Row International will appear in a mock trial concerning UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (Landmark resolution on Women, Peace and Security) at The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. The prosecution will be conducted by 9BRi members Jonathan Carroll, David Hammond and Marija Bračković. Steven Kay QC, Toby… Read more »

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9BRi and Kingsley Napley Seminar on International Law

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9 Bedford Row thanks Kingsley Napley LLP for hosting yesterday’s seminar on international law. The event saw members of Chambers’ International Practice Group deliver presentations on international criminal, humanitarian and human rights law. Steven Kay QC began the event with a whistle-stop tour of international criminal law, moving from the Nuremburg and Tokyo WWII trials to the… Read more »

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ADC ICTY Legacy Conference

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Gregor Guy-Smith, Colleen Rohan and Steven Kay QC to speak at the ADC ICTY Legacy Conference Friday 28 November 2013 in The Hague. Leading figures in the history of the ICTY are to take part in this legacy conference which will review some of the key issues arising from the 20 years that the ICTY has been… Read more »

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ADC-ICTY Legacy Conference on 29 November 2013

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On 29 November 2013, the ADC-ICTY will hold its Legacy Conference at the Bel Air Hotel in The Hague. The all-day event will feature a keynote speech delivered by His Excellency Judge Theodor Meron, ICTY President. Speakers and moderators include The Right Hon. Lord Iain Bonomy, Judge Bakone  Justice Moloto, Judge Howard Morrison, as well as renowended Defence Counsel, including ICLB founding… Read more »

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Studio Debate to Discuss the Verdict of the Dutch Supreme Court

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Steven Kay QC, Professor William Bowring and John Jones QC are appearing on Wednesday 11 September on the Islam TV Channel for a studio debate to discuss Friday’s verdict from the Dutch Supreme Court, which ruled that The Netherlands was responsible for the deaths of three Bosnian Muslim men who were killed during the Srebrenica massacre in… Read more »

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ICLB Founding Members Awarded Presidential Commendations by the U.S. National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers

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On 27 July 2013 ICLB founding members Gregor Guy-Smith and Colleen Rohan were awarded Presidential Commendations by the National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers (NACDL) at its annual convention, held this year in San Francisco.  The NACDL awards were given in recognition of Mr. Guy-Smith’s and Ms. Rohan’s work in defending accused in the international… Read more »

ICLB Member Activities: Colleen Rohan

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1)      ICLB member Colleen Rohan participated in a three-day conference, held in Amsterdam by the European Society of International Law, at the historic Felix Meritis Building, which took place on 23-25 May 2013.  The conference, entitled “International Law as a Profession” was sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the University of… Read more »

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ICTY Appeals Chamber Acquits Momčilo Perišić

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The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, composed of Judges Theodor Meron, presiding, Carmel Agius, Liu Daqun, Arlette Ramaroson, and Andrésia Vaz, today reversed by majority, Judge Liu partially dissenting, Momčilo Perišić’s convictions for crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war. Mr Perišić was represented by Novak… Read more »

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ICCSN Speaker Series

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Steven Kay QC is addressing The International Criminal Court Student Network (ICCSN) at the University of Cambridge Law Faculty as part of the ICCSN Speaker Series 2012-2013 on Tuesday 30 January 2013. The speech will be upon Regime Change and International Law. Photocredit: 9Bedford Row

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PILPG Speaks at 9 Bedford Row International about Burma Ceasefire Work

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On Monday, Jonathan Worboys of Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG) spoke at 9 Bedford Row International on peace and ceasefire negotiations.  He provided a short overview of ceasefire and peace negotiations in international law, going on to discuss his experiences advising Burmese ethnic nationalities on peace and ceasefire negotiations with the government. PILPG… Read more »

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Book Review: “International Human Rights Law in Africa” by Frans Viljoen published by Oxford University Press

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By Joy Ndubai In the wake of the latest decision of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission) on Zimbabwe, the growth of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Court), the shutting down of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal, and the increasingly important function human rights has… Read more »

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Second Acquittal in Haradinaj, Balaj, and Brahimaj Case

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Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today acquitted Ramush Haradinaj, Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj of all charges brought against them during a partial re-trial which began in August 2011.  The case is historic in that it is the first international criminal case in which a retrial has… Read more »

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Revolution in the Air – 9BRi Annual Conference

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Post by Caroline Macpherson     On 2 November 2012, 9 Bedford Row International, Middlesex University and BCL Burton Copeland held a conference – Revolution in the Air – at Chatham House, London, to discuss important issues regarding international criminal and humanitarian law, policy and the role of third party states, the EU and the UN,… Read more »