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Press Release: IBA panel discusses evidence in international criminal trials at ASP15

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The International Bar Association has issued the following Press Release: The developments and challenges in giving evidence at international criminal trials are topics to be debated in The Hague on 22 November 2016 at an event arranged by the International Bar Association’s International Criminal Court and International Criminal Law Programme (IBA ICC & ICL Programme)… Read more »

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Colleen Rohan and Jens Dieckmann from 9 Bedford Row International to Moderate Panels at the ADC-ICTY Annual Conference 2016

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​The ADC-ICTY Annual Conference and training will take place on 3 and 4 December 2016 at the Marriott hotel in The Hague. The title of the conference is: ‘Quo Vadis, International Criminal Law? Current Challenges of Implementing International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law’ ​The topics of the panels are: ​Positive Complementarity – National Jurisdictions… Read more »

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ADC-ICTY Calls for Immediate Release of MICT Judge Aydin Sefa Akay

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The ADC-ICTY has issued a press release calling for the immediate release of MICT Judge Aydin Sefa Akay, who is currently being detained by Turkish authorities. The ADC-ICTY condemns the arbitrary detention of Judge Akay which is in contravention of Turkey’s international human rights obligations, and calls for his immediate safe release. The press release… Read more »

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Call for papers: Quality Control in Preliminary Examination

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        Quality Control in Preliminary Examination: Reviewing Impact, Policies and Practices. Conference in the Peace Palace, The Hague, 13-14 June 2017 Call for papers Dear colleagues, We are pleased to present a new research project on challenges in pre-investigations or ‘preliminary examinations’. Such examinations are required to determine whether there is reasonable… Read more »

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IBA Event: The World in Crisis, The Hague, 04 Feb 2017

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Dear colleagues, It is our pleasure to bring you preliminary details for the IBA War Crimes conference entitled The World in Crisis taking place at the Peace Palace, The Hague, the Netherlands on 04 February 2017. Following the success of the previous conferences with 300 participants registered, this event will bring together leading war crimes… Read more »

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Gillian Higgins Qualifies as an Accredited Mediator

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Earlier this month, Gillian Higgins of 9 Bedford Row qualified as a civil and commercial mediator to international standard with the London School of Mediation. Given her extensive experience in the field of international criminal law, Gillian has a particular interest in how mediation and facilitation in post-conflict situations can seek to restore peace in… Read more »

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Sarah Bafadhel and Joe Holmes to deliver ADC-ICTY training

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On 12 November, the Association of Defence Counsel Practising Before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ADC-ICTY) will host a training event in “Drafting Before the International Tribunals”. Sarah Bafadhel and Joe Holmes of 9 Bedford Row will deliver the training together with Catriona Murdoch (1 Crown Office Row) and Natalie von Wistinghausen… 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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South Africa to Formally Leave the International Criminal Court

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South Africa has formally requested to withdraw from the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court, in The Hague. Michael Masutha, South Africa’s Justice and Correctional Services Minister, has stated that “Written notice to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court has been submitted to the Secretary-General of the… Read more »

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Steven Kay QC to Speak at Nuremberg Forum 2016

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Steven Kay QC to speak on “Fair Trial: Focus on procedural trial structure and defense rights” at the International Nuremberg Principles Academy Annual Forum 2016: The Continuing Evolution of the Nuremberg Principles in Light of the Contemporary Jurisprudence of International Criminal Courts 4–5 November 2016. Click below to read the full event program: International Nuremberg… Read more »

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IBA Invitation: Hearing on Crimes Against Humanity in North Korean Political Prisons (December 8, Washington, D.C.)

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Dear colleague, On behalf of the IBA and the co-organizers of the Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity in North Korean Political Prisons, I write to invite you to a groundbreaking hearing that will feature live testimony from three North Korean defectors: a former prisoner, a former prison guard, and a former official from the Ministry… Read more »

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Students Imprisoned in Turkey as “Political Criminals”

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Written by Ipek Ozel   Edited by Kirsty Sutherland   Turkey has never had a good reputation in respect to human rights. Not only during the current state of emergency, but in general. Freedom of expression has always been limited, meaning that the judiciary has always tended to be a battleground for different political interests…. Read more »

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IBA Annual Conference, September 2016

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The yearly International Bar Association Conference took place from 18-23 September 2016 in Washington DC. Some of the most notable highlights from the event have been included in this summary, extracted from the September edition of the IBA newsletter. The IBA’s Presidential Task Force Against Human Trafficking launched its report at the conference. The focus… Read more »

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The Trial of IIhan Comak in Istanbul

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                    By Margaret Owen, Door Tenant at 9 Bedford Row, London Today the final trial of the former University Student, Ilhan Comak, takes place. He was only 20 years old when arrested 22 years ago. Ilhan is from Izmir, but because he was arrested, charged with… Read more »

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Update on the Trial of Students in Istanbul

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By Margaret Owen, Door Tenant at 9 Bedford Row, London Tuesday October 4th. On Tuesday, I met Hisyer Aydun, a 23-year old student from Bilgi University, Istanbul. He has recently been released, pending trial, and spent 3 months in prison, following arrest by the police in a cafe in Diyarbakir. He happened to be with… Read more »