Posts Categorized: International Courts and Tribunals


Hadžić’s trial indefinitely halted due to illness


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 »


Former Georgian Minister of Defence and Aide to President Misha Saakashvili Discharged in UK Extradition Proceedings


By Michael Drury, BCL Burton Copeland Solicitors In his Judgment dated 21st March 2016 Senior District Judge Howard Riddle, the Chief Magistrate, in a comprehensive 31 page analysis discharged DAVIT KEZERASHVILI on both ‘extraneous consideration’ grounds under the Extradition Act 2003 as to political motivation behind prosecutions in Mr Kezerashvili’s home state of Georgia… Read more »


Vojislav Seselj Acquitted by ICTY


The Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia has, today, acquitted the former Serbian Deputy Prime Minister on all counts in his indictment. Although accompanied by a highly critical dissenting opinion, the majority of the Trial Chamber made some findings which were significant in the context of the Balkan conflict as… Read more »

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Kosovo Serb Politician Sentenced for War Crimes Against Ethnic Albanians During War of Independence


Oliver Ivanovic (pictured), a leading Kosovo Serb politician has received a prison sentence of nine years for war crimes. It was alleged that Ivanovic encouraged the killing of ethnic Albanians by Serb paramilitary forces during Kosovo’s war of independence from Serbia. Ivanovic had denied the charges and will stay under house arrest pending an appeal…. Read more »


Trials Begin For Ex-Soviet Military Officials Accused of Crimes Against Humanity During Crackdown in Lithuania


In late January, Lithuania initiated war crimes trials for 65 ex-Soviet military officials. The officials stand accused of committing crimes against humanity throughout the 1991 crackdown by the Soviet Union during Lithuania’s independence movement. The action resulted in the Soviet army killing 14 civilians and wounding more than 700. A considerable number of the accused… Read more »


Kosovo War Crimes Court to Open in The Hague


The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has today released a statement confirming that a tribunal will be set up in The Hague to try war crimes allegedly committed in Kosovo in 1999-2000, during and immediately after the Kosovo war. The court will be made up of international judges and funded by the EU, but will… Read more »


Khmer Rouge Navy Commander Formally Charged by UN Backed Tribunal


Former Khmer Rouge navy commander, Meas Muth, has been formally charged by International Co-Investigating Judge Bohlander at the ECCC, a UN backed tribunal in Phnom Penh. Previously charged in absentia by former International Co-Investigating Judge Harmon, some charges have now been rescinded and Meas Muth now faces charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, grave breaches… Read more »


ECCC Charges Yim Tith With Crimes Against Humanity


Former Khmer Rouge official Yim Tith, also known as Ta Tith, voluntarily attended his Initial Appearance at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) (pictured), a UN-backed tribunal in Phnom Penh. Mr Yim faces charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions and violations of the 1956 Penal Code…. Read more »


ICTY Appeals Chamber Orders Retrial of Stanisic & Simatovic


Today the ICTY Appeals Chamber overturned the Trial Chamber’s judgement acquitting Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic and ordered a retrial on all counts of the indictment.  Jovica Stanisic, former Deputy Chief and Chief of the State Security (SDB) of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia and Franko Simatovic, former Deputy Chief of the Second Administration… Read more »


Appeal for Italian marines to be heard next month


                    The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will listen to an appeal attempting to put an end to criminal proceedings against two Italian marines who are charged with shooting and killing a pair of Indian fishermen in February 2012. Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore… Read more »


Saif al-Islam Gaddafi sentenced to death


The news broke today that a court in Tripoli has sentenced to death nine members of the former Gaddafi dictatorship, including Muammar Gaddafi’s son: Saif al-Islam. More than 30 close associates of Colonel Gaddafi have been tried for various charges in connection with events in 2011. Nevertheless, Human Rights Watch reports that the trial has… 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 »