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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 »

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The Advent of the Trials of University Students in Istanbul

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By Margaret Owen, Door Tenant at 9 Bedford Row, London On 4th October, I will fly to Istanbul, with Turkish-speaking solicitor, Ali Has, to observe and report on the trials of university students, under Turkey’s draconian anti-terror law.(Article 314/2). The trials will take place on 5th and 6th of October at the 14th Criminal Court in… Read more »

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Dinner Held in Honour of Anthony Berry QC

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Tonight 9 Bedford Row are holding a dinner at The Crypt in Ely Place, London, for Anthony Berry QC to mark the end of his term as Head of Chambers from 2000-2016. Chambers are expressing thanks to Anthony for his stewardship over the last 16 years and he hands over a thriving set recognised as… Read more »

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ICC Sentences Al-Mahdi for Cultural Destruction in Landmark Case

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The International Criminal Court has sentenced junior civil servant turned Islamic militant leader, Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, to nine years imprisonment in relation to cultural destruction of the fabled shrines of Timbuktu. This is being viewed as a landmark case as it is the first ICC case to focus solely on cultural destruction as a war… Read more »

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Peace Deal to be Signed between the Colombian Government and Farc

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The President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos has announced that a peace agreement will be signed later today between the government and the rebel group, Farc. According to the BBC, along with Colombia’s security forces, the Farc have accepted the establishment of special tribunals in addition to a truth and reconciliation process. President Santos stated… Read more »

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International Nuremberg Principles Academy Newsletter – September 2016

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                    For more information on the International Nuremberg Principles Academy, please visit: http://www.nurembergacademy.org Latest News: Academy bids farewell to Ambassador Bernd Borchardt and welcomes new director Mr. Klaus Rackwitz After two years, the Nuremberg Academy says farewell to its Founding Director Ambassador Bernd Borchardt. Ambassador Borchardt… Read more »

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Press Release: ‘Application of human rights throughout the maritime environment at all times without exception’

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IMHR 2016 Conference Review A week after the inaugural International Maritime Human Rights (IMHR) conference took place on Wednesday 14 September 2016, at The Royal College of Surgeons in London, the positive repercussions of the event continue to reverberate. Titled “Respect, Responsibility and Remedy in the Maritime Environment” the event delivered something new to the… Read more »

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ICC Extends Remit to Include Cases of Environmental Destruction

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On Thursday 15th September, Fatou Bensouda, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), published a detailed policy document providing guidance on how her office will prioritise the selection of cases. The document reveals that the OTP is likely to expand its remit to include cases that involve environmental destruction. This means that governments and… Read more »