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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 »

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Closing argument in Mladić

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From 5 to 16 December the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia will hear closing argument for the last time. General Mladić faces an eleven count indictment, alleging genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war. These substantive offences are alleged to have been committed through all possible modes… Read more »

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Closing Briefs Submitted in Mladic

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Prosecution and Defence Final Trial Briefs were filed, simultaneously, on 25 October 2016 before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. These written submissions were subject to a word limit of 300,000 words, six times larger than standard, which reflects both the size of the trial record and its significance for the Balkan region… Read more »

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The Prosecutor of the Brazilian President Proves Political Trial

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In a remarkable film clip shown here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGAJrcjWrdM&sns=em (see translation below) the Prosecutor Janaina Paschoal of the Brazilian President’s impeachment, addressing a crowd at the Federal University in São Paulo shortly before the voting in the Lower House 17th April states: “We will not serve a cobra” and admits to being involved with opposition politicians… Read more »

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The Senate Has Voted to Put President Rousseff on Trial

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The blog on the 9BRi website has received another update from Brazil written by Jorge Rubem Folena de Oliveira (Constitutional lawyer and doctor in political science). The Senate has now voted to put President Dilma Rousseff on trial and she has been suspended from her office for up to 6 months. Click the link below… Read more »

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Supreme Court of Brazil Must Find a Solution to the Brazilian Crisis

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Jorge Rubem Folena de Oliveira, constitutional lawyer and political scientist, has supplied the 9BRi blog with a further update regarding the situation in Brazil and the future of Dilma Rousseff, the country’s president. To find out more, click below:  http://9bri.com/supreme-court-of-brazil-must-find-a-solution-to-the-brazilian-crisis/   Image supplied by Jorge Rubem Folena de Oliveira  

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Simone Gbagbo’s Trial Begins in Abidjan

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Today, Simone Gbagbo (pictured) is set to go on trial on charges of crimes against humanity relating to the 2010-2011 post-election violence committed in the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has specifically charged her with allegedly committing acts of murder, rape and persecution, among other inhuman offences. The trial is taking… Read more »

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An Open Letter from Jorge Ruben Folena de Oliveira Concerning Brazil’s Democracy, the Constitution and the Venice Commission

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Rio de Janeiro, 4th May 2016 To Judges in Defence of Democracy Brazil is a full member of the European Commission for Democracy through Law, the Venice Commission. Our country is amongst the largest democracies in the world and has the 7th biggest economy, but we are now facing serious political and institutional instability, which… Read more »

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A Constitutional Law Analysis of the State of Affairs in Brazil

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THE VICE PRESIDENT CANNOT APPOINT A NEW MINISTRY IN CASE OF THE PRESIDENT’S WITHDRAWAL FROM THE GOVERNMENT, WHILE DEFENDING IMPEACHMENT TRIAL IN THE FEDERAL SENATE By Jorge Rubem Folena de Oliveira (Constitutional lawyer and political scientist)   Should the Senate in Brazil accept the request of starting an impeachment process in respect of President Dilma… Read more »

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Closing Oral Statements in Bemba et al.

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Situation: Central African Republic On Friday, 29th April 2016, Trial Chamber VII of the International Criminal Court closed the submission of evidence in the case The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, Aimé Kilolo Musamba, Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo, Fidèle Babala Wandu and Narcisse Arido and scheduled the trial’s closing oral statements to start on Tuesday 31st… Read more »

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UNMICT releases Alphonse Nteziryayo

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Three months after the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda partially granted his appeal against sentence, the President of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals has ordered the release of Alphonse Nteziryayo, who for a time held the position of Préfet of Butare, Rwanda, during the 1994 conflict. His release was ordered… Read more »

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Hadžić’s trial indefinitely halted due to illness

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By Marina Mayer The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has ordered an indefinite halt to the trial of Croatian Serb rebel leader Goran Hadžić as the majority of the judges in the Trial Chamber have ruled that he is “currently unfit to stand trial”. Hadžić’s trial commenced in 2012, but he was later… Read more »