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ICTY: Appeals Chamber Issuing Judgement in the Sainovic et al Case

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Today the Appeals Chamber issued its Judgement in the Sainovic et al Case. The Appeals Chamber reduced Nikola Sainovic’s sentence from 22 to 18 years in prison, Sreten Lukic’s sentence from 22 to 20 years in prison and Vladimir Lazarevic’s sentence from 15 to 14 years in prison. Furthermore the Appeals Chamber confirmed Nebojsa Pavkovic’s 22 year… Read more »

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Trial begins at Special Tribunal for Lebanon

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Guest post by Natasha Lloyd-Owen and Bryce Braegger 16 January 2014 – The trial of four suspects accused of killing Lebanese parliamentarian Rafik Hariri and twenty one others began today at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), nine years after Mr. Hariri’s assassination. The Office of the Prosecutor delivered its opening statement to the court,… Read more »

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The ICC, Standing at the Crossroads

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We have come to the Crossroads. The Kenyatta case at the ICC has tested the reliability of its procedures and the evolution of International Criminal Law. The recent pre-trial pronouncement by the Office of the Prosecutor in the Kenyatta case, now admitting that its evidence does not meet the minimal evidential threshold, confirms the prophecy… Read more »

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Are the tribunals justified in restricting defence witness numbers?

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With the Bangladesh appellate division about to publish its written judgement explaining its decision that Molla, sentenced to life imprisonment for committing crimes against humanity by the International Crimes Tribunal, should receive the death sentence, David Bergman has published the article below on the most significant set of decisions made by the Tribunal impacting upon the question… Read more »

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ICC: Kenyatta Defence Application for a Permanent Stay of the Proceedings due to Abuse of Process

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The Defence for President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta has filed an application requesting a permanent stay of the proceedings. The request was submitted because of substantial evidence in the possession of the Defence “of a serious, sustained and wide-ranging abuse on the process of the Court” carried out by three Prosecution witnesses and a Prosecution intermediary. Based on the information… Read more »

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AU Request for ICC Deferral of the Kenyan Situation

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On 12 November 2013 consultations were held by members of the Security Council concerning the request by the AU “to defer for a year the International Criminal Court (ICC) proceedings against President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Samoei Ruto of Kenya.” The consultations followed a number of informal meetings which had already been held… 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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Bangladesh: The Molla Death Penalty Case

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A guest blog by David Bergman On 17 September, the appellate division of supreme court ruled that the Jamaat-e-Islami leader Quader Molla should be put to death in relation to the massacre of a family on 26 March 1971, the first day of the Bangladesh War of Independence. His conviction – and subsequent death penalty… Read more »

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ICTY: President Meron Assigning A Specially Appointed Chamber

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President Judge Theodor Meron has issued an order on 1 October 2013 establishing a Specially Appointed Chamber. The Chamber was ordered following the “Request for Appointment of Special Chamber” submitted by Radovan Karadzic on 27 September 2013. In his request, Karadzic requested that the President of the ICTY appointed a Special Chamber in order to “consider whether… Read more »

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ICTY: President Judge Meron and Vice-President Judge Agius Re-elected

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On 1 October 2013 Judge Theodor Meron was re-elected as President of the ICTY during a special plenary held at the ICTY. Judge Meron was re-elected with twelve votes. Following his re-election, Judge Meron nominated Judge Carmel Agius as Vice-President, who was re-elected by general consensus. Click here to read more about Judge Meron and… Read more »

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Lord Carlile, UK’s leading lawyer and war crimes expert, voices further concerns over war crimes tribunals in Bangladesh

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Photocredit: Wikipedia / Ranadipam Basu Read below a press Statement by Lord Carlile: Guilty verdict in case of SQ Chowdhury highlights ‘a legal process that is not fit for purpose.’ New allegations of executive interference. Expresses alarm over sentencing of opposition leader SQ Chowdhury Asks for investigation into allegations that judgment was influenced by a government… Read more »

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ICC’s Reputation at Risk?

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The newspaper “Der Spiegel” has published an interesting article by Erich Follath, entitled: ‘Big Mama’ and the Massacre: ICC’s Reputation at Risk in Kenya, discussing the challenges and difficulties faced by the ICC. Follath stated that “Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, is doing all she can to put Kenyan President Uhuru… Read more »

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Is The Media Doing The World Justice?

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A guest blog by Geraldine Coughlan Not quite. The mainstream media needs more support from courts, governments and academia to get the message across that international justice is there for the people. That’s the consensus among law and media experts in a debate on International Justice & The Media in The Hague on Tuesday, hosted by… Read more »