Posts Categorized: International News


Fifth Demirtas Hearing Takes Place Two Weeks Before Election


Written by Margaret Owen (pictured), International Trial Observer and Barrister Friday 8th June I have returned to Istanbul in order to observe the fifth hearing of the trial of former HDP co-chair: Selahattin Demirtas. Given that Turkey’s presidential election is only two weeks away, we the international observers, anticipate a final verdict. Selahattin Demirtas has… Read more »


Bemba Acquitted by ICC Appeals Chamber


                    On Friday 8th June the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court decided to acquit Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo from the charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. To learn more, click the following links:  … Read more »


Steven Kay QC Attended ABA Conference Panel on “Improving the Practice of Law Before the ICC and International Criminal Tribunals”


Steven Kay QC spoke at the ABA (American Bar Association) conference in Paris on 8 June in the session “Improving the Practice of Law Before the ICC and International Criminal Tribunals”. Other panellists were Ambassador Stephen Rapp and Kip Hale. The panel was chaired by Lucian Dervan and focussed upon the work of the ABA… Read more »


The Peoples’ Tribunal: Verdict on Turkey and the Kurds


On 15th and 16th March 2018, the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Turkey and the Kurds convened in Paris for an intensive two-day meeting on the treatment of Kurdish people living in Turkey by President Erdogan’s government. The tribunal views the actions of the Turkish state as “Denying the Kurdish People its right to self-determination, by… Read more »

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Human Rights Watch, Israel, and the Palestinian “right of return”


Written by Joshua Kern (9 Bedford Row) In the field of international criminal law, international human rights organisations such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) are hugely influential. Time and again, litigation at the ICTY, ICTR and ICC has shown that NGO reporting forms the legal and factual building blocks of prosecutions at the international criminal… Read more »


The Trial of Selahattin Demirtas: Observations on the trial and the future of democracy in Turkey


Public meeting organised by Peace in Kurdistan and Kurdish People’s Assembly UK Thu 17 May 2018 18:00 – 20:00 BST SOAS University of London Room B111 (Brunei Gallery) Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square London WC1H 0XG Click below to book a place at this free event: The prosecution and trial of Selahattin Demirtas has been… Read more »


High Level Military Group Publishes Report on Gaza Violence


Written by Joshua Kern (9BRi) and Natasha Hausdorff (Six Pump Court) The High Level Military Group today published a report, “Smoke & Mirrors: Six Weeks Of Violence On The Gaza Border”, on the recent violence along the border with Israel. The report provides an in-depth assessment of the evolution of what is argued to be… Read more »


9 Bedford Row recognised by Justice Kirby IBA Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute for its work on the North Korea Political Prisons Inquiry


Dear Michael, As you know I am now serving as Co-Chair of the IBA Human Rights Institute. In that capacity I have received and studied the outstanding report of the IBA War Crimes Committee. I wish to express thanks to Hogan Lovells Lawyers in London and to Counsel’s Chambers, 9 Bedford Row, whose members Steven… Read more »


Selahattin Demirtas – The Trial Continues, 30th April 2018


                  Written by Margaret Owen, International Trial Observer and Barrister Monday 30th April Myself and other international observers have returned to Istanbul to observe what is meant to be the final trial in the Silivri prison court of the former co-chair of the HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party)… Read more »


The Continual Trials of Selahattin Demirtas


Written by Margaret Owen, International Trial Observer and Barrister Sunday 15 April My last blog on 13th February reported that the case of Selahattin Demirtas, the former co-chair of Turky’s HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party), had been adjourned until 11th April. With his parliamentary immunity removed, Demirtas faces many separate indictments and trials under Turkey’s Anti… Read more »


IBA Political Prisons Report Used in Recent US Congressional Resolution


A recent US Congressional resolution relies extensively on passages from the IBA’s Political Prisons Inquiry report in which 9 Bedford Row’s Steven Kay QC and Kirsty Sutherland acted as counsel for the Inquiry. Pages 3-6 are devoted to a lengthy, verbatim recitation of Inquiry findings. Please see the following link for further details:  … Read more »


‘Bringing ISIS to Justice’, Article for ‘ IBA Global Insight’ with Comments from Jens Dieckmann


Yola Verbruggen, a Multimedia Journalist for the International Bar Association (IBA) has written a piece that has been included in the February edition of the organisation’s journal: ‘IBA Global Insight’. Titled ‘Bringing ISIS to justice’, Verbruggen’s article explores the methods and advantages of a coordinated, legal effort against the terrorist group, as well as the… Read more »


Article from December 2017 Marks 25 Years of the ICTY


At the end of last year an article was published by Dutch Reformed Daily, marking 25 years since the launch of the ICTY (International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia). The piece attempts to answer whether the high expectations for the court when it was initially launched in 1993 have been met over two decades… Read more »