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Gotovina and Markac Acquitted by ICTY Appeals Chamber

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ICTY Appeals judges have ordered the release of Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac. The two former Croatian generals have both been acquitted of charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes. Gotovina had previously been sentenced to 24 years, and Markac to 18 years, for their alleged criminal involvement in Operation Storm.

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ICC Prosecutor Statement to UNSC on Situation in Libya

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  Post by Frederikke Kam On 7 November 2012, in New York, International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda briefed the United Nations Security Council on the Situation in Libya. Following the Council’s referral of the Situation in Libya to the ICC, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) presented evidence to Pre-Trial Chamber I, which… Read more »

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ICTY: ICTY Legacy Conference Held in Zagreb

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On 8 November 2012 the ICTY legacy conference was held in Zagreb, Croatia. This conference constituted the second of a series of conferences which are being held across the former Yugoslavia in November. The first conference took place in Sarajevo on 6 November 2012 and the series of conferences will conclude in Belgrade on 22 November 2012…. Read more »

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ECCC Holds Public Debate on Legacy

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Post by Qudrat Khan     In an attempt to initiate debate regarding the potential legacy of the trials taking place in Cambodia, the ECCC and the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee co-hosted an international conference entitled ‘Hybrid Perspectives on the Legacies of the ECCC’ at which experts, policy makers and concerned citizens expressed their… Read more »

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Defence Request for a Stay of Proceedings Rejected by ICC Trial Chamber IV in The Prosecutor v Banda and Jerbo

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Post by Edward Barnes  The trial of Abdallah Banda Abakear Nourain (Banda) & Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamaus (Jerbo) will proceed following Trial Chamber IV’s rejection of  the Defence’s request for a stay of proceedings. The Defence filed its request for a stay in proceedings on the 6th January 2012, submitting the accused could not receive… Read more »

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ICTY: Legacy Conferences in Sarajevo, Zagreb & Belgrade

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In order to encourage the dialogue on the legacy of the ICTY in the former Yugoslavia, the tribunal is holding legacy conferences in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. The first conference in Sarajevo will be held on 6 November 2012. This legacy conference will be followed by the conference held in Zagreb on 8… Read more »

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Strengthening Relations between the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Permanent Representatives’ Committee of the African Union

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Post by Joy Ndubai Themed, “the relationship between the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC)”, the Court has announced that the upcoming retreat between the two organs is to take place on 28October 2012. Inspired by the need to raise awareness about the Court and explore methods through… Read more »

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Bangladesh Bar Council Rebukes Harassment of Government Intelligence Agencies on the Defence Counsel at the International Crimes Tribunal

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Statement of Mr. Khandker Mahbub Hossain, Vice Chairman Bar Council protesting the action of the Police in conducting a raid in the chambers of a lawyer and harassing lawyers in the discharge of their professional responsibilities: Dear Journalists, Greetings. We note with concern that various government intelligence agencies have been harassing lawyers in a completely… Read more »

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Steven Kay QC Addresses the European Academy of Law

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Steven Kay QC will speak today at the European Academy of Law (ERA) in Trier, on the topic of ‘Liturgy or Rites? Defence rights in the international context: some lessons learned before the International Tribunals’. He will detail defence issues including restrictions placed on the defence when challenging the prosecution case. Such restrictions have included those faced… Read more »

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ECtHR Rules UK Indefinite Detention Provisions Could Lead to Arbitrary Detention

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The Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has today ruled unanimously that detaining prisoners indefinitely on grounds of risk without providing access to rehabilitative course was arbitrary. James, Wells and Lee v. UK concerned three prisoners who were subject to indeterminate sentences of imprisonment for public protection (IPP sentences) in the United Kingdom…. Read more »

ICC: Seminar on Victims and the International Criminal Court Hosted by the President of the Assembly of States Parties

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The President of the Assembly of States Parties, Ambassador Tiina Intelman has hosted a seminar from 10 to 11 September 2012 focusing on victims at the ICC. The seminar entitled “10 Years of the International Criminal Court: A Focus on Victims” was organized by the President, the Foreign Ministries of Estonia and Finland as well as… Read more »

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ECCC Supreme Court Chamber Orders Release of Ieng Thirith

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The Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia has today issued its Decision on the Co-Prosecutors’ Request for Stay of Release Order of Ieng Thirith. Pending determination of the Co-Prosecutors’ appeal of the Trial Chamber’s Decision, the Supreme Court Chamber has ordered Ieng Thirith’s immediate release subject to conditions of… Read more »

ECHR Rules that Human Rights Trump UN Security Council Resolutions

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has delivered its judgment in Nada v. Switzerland, ruling that Switzerland violated Youssef Nada’s human rights and thereby rejecting arguments that UN Security Council Resolutions supersede fundamental human rights. As a result of UN Security Council sanctions imposed in the wake of 9/11, Nada was banned from entering… Read more »

Prosecutors Appeal ECCC Order to Release Ieng Thirith

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The Co-Prosecutors of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) have appealed the Trial Chamber’s Order immediately to release Ieng Thirith. Noting their previous submission that there are no longer grounds to continue to detain Ieng Thirith, the Co-Prosecutors submitted that Ieng Thirith should instead remain under a regime of judicial supervision and… Read more »

ECCC Orders Immediate Release of Ieng Thirith

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The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has today ordered the release of the “First Lady” of the Khmer Rouge, Ieng Thirith. Madame Ieng served as the Khmer Rouge’s Minister of Social Affairs during the Khmer Rouge’s lethal quest to build a Maoist utopia. She is married to former Minister of Foreign Affairs… Read more »

ICC Prosecutor Submits Shortlist of Deputy Prosecutor Candidates

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ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has submitted the names of the three nominees for the position of Deputy Prosecutor to the Assembly of States Parties. Ms Raika Toivianen (Finland), Mr Paul Rutledge (Australia), and Mr James Stewart (Canada) were selected from a pool of 126 applicants. The selection process included written and oral tests, interviews, and… Read more »

European Court of Human Rights Elects New President

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The European Court of Human Rights yesterday announced its next President. Dean Spielmann, of Luxembourg, will take office on 1st November 2012. The new President was elected by secret ballot by the plenary Court. Spielmann has been a judge at the European Court of Human Rights since 24 June 2004 and Section President since 1 February… Read more »