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Dan Plesch: Long-hidden World War II files offer another way to prosecute war crimes

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Dan Plesch, Director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, University of London, has written an article for the news website “The Conversation”. Plesch’s article explains how documents from the Second World War reveal an alternative way to prosecute war crimes. To read the article, click below: https://theconversation.com/long-hidden-world-war-ii-files-offer-another-way-to-prosecute-war-crimes-83619   Image source: www.unwcc.org  … Read more »

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Further Support for African Union Mission in Somalia Urged by Senior UN Envoy

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By Mohammed Subhan Hussain Earlier this month, a senior United Nations official encouraged increased support for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), cautioning that insufficient funding could jeopardize the progress made to date. Haile Menkerios, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union (AU) stated that: “It would be tragic, not least… Read more »

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Professor Schabas to Teach Course on International Criminal Law at Geneva Academy

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Professor William A. Schabas is to teach an upcoming short course on international criminal law at the Geneva Academy in Switzerland. Titled International Criminal Law: General Principles and International Crimes, the course will focus on the history of international criminal law and how it relates to both the international legal order and national justice institutions…. Read more »

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Draft Submitted Detailing Reparations for Victims in Katanga Case

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By Mohammed Subhan Hussain On 25th July 2017, The Trust Fund for Victims at the International Criminal Court (ICC) submitted a draft plan to ICC Trial Chamber II detailing the scope of reparations to be ordered against Germain Katanga (pictured). On 7th March 2014, Mr Katanga was convicted of crimes against humanity, and four counts… Read more »

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Paraguay Adopts ICC Law

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By Mohammed Subhan Hussain The Paraguayan parliament has accepted the implementation bill of the International Criminal Court (ICC), hoping that this will reinvigorate justice-centric advancements in domestic legislation. The bill was endorsed on 16th August 2017 after a lengthy process in the two chambers of Parliament and extensive deliberation from civil society. By including Rome… Read more »

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Release of the 2017 IBA ICC & ICL Programme Discussion Paper: ‘Offences against the administration of justice and fair trial considerations before the International Criminal Court’

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‘Offences against the administration of justice and fair trial considerations before the International Criminal Court’ is the latest Discussion Paper from the IBA’s ICC & ICL Programme. This Discussion Paper seeks to provide the basis for a policy-level discussion on how the International Criminal Court (ICC) implements its jurisdiction over ‘offences against the administration of… Read more »

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Parliament Adopts Bill to Help Burundian Society as UN Panel Reveals Human Rights Situation has Not Improved

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On 9th August 2017 the lower chamber of Parliament in Burundi, the National Assembly, adopted the bill on the setting up of the National Observatory for the Prevention and Eradication of Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity. The observatory is responsible for monitoring the development of Burundian society from the perspectives of genocide, war… Read more »

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Challenges Facing the ICC

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By Mohammed Subhan Hussain The case relating to the capture of al-Bashir as well as the potential withdrawal of South Africa from the International Criminal Court represent serious challenges to the ICC. The South African government declared its withdrawal from the ICC on 19th October 2016. Nevertheless when tested in court, the judgment of the… Read more »

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Social Media Content Used as Evidence in ICC Arrest Warrant

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The ICC has issued its first arrest warrant based entirely on evidence collected from social media. The warrant was issued against Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli, an alleged commander within the Al-Saiqa Brigade in Libya, who is accused of having committed or ordered 33 murders in Benghazi or surrounding areas in June 2016 and July 2017…. Read more »

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IBA Releases Handbook for Lawyers on Business and Human Rights

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The IBA has launched the first two chapters of the Online Handbook for Lawyers on Business and Human Rights. The IBA’s Legal Policy and Research Unit (LPRU), based in the IBA’s London office, has produced the Handbook as an online self-learning tool. This resource aims to assist lawyers who seek to integrate business and human… Read more »

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Ex-Judge to Lead UN Team Investigating Serious Crimes in Syria

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On Monday 3rd of July, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, appointed ex-Judge Catherine Marchi-Uhel to lead a new UN team that has been set up to investigate serious crimes which have taken place in Syria. Originating in December 2016, the team is being called the International Impartial and Independent Mechanism. The aim… Read more »