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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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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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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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New Data Protection Bill for Post-Brexit Britain

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The UK Government has released a Statement of Intent from its Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The statement is an overview of the reforms planned for the United Kingdom’s data protection laws, which are to be implemented by the Data Protection Bill. The Statement outlines that after Britain’s departure from the European Union… Read more »

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Defense Perspectives on International Criminal Justice

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Colleen Rohan, member of 9 Bedford Row International and founding member of the International Criminal Law Bureau has just edited and produced a new book: Defense Perspectives on International Criminal Justice, published by Cambridge University Press. The book is co-edited by Gentian Zyberi, a professor of law at the University of Oslo. It includes chapters… Read more »

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ICC Judges Confirm that South Africa’s Government was Legally Obligated to Arrest Omar Al-Bashir Under Rome Statute

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On Thursday, Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) confirmed that South Africa’s government failed to meet with the obligations of the Rome Statute by failing to detain Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during a visit he made to the country in 2015. Al-Bashir ifaces charges from the ICC in relation to crimes he is alleged… Read more »

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9BR’s Gary Summers Launches New Websites on Private Investigations and Prosecutions and Medical Defence Services

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Gary Summers of 9 Bedford Row has launched two new websites that promote his legal services in the areas of private prosecutions and medical defence services. Investigate and Prosecute offers an all-inclusive, unique private investigation and prosecution service to businesses and private individuals. The service includes the launching of investigations both in and outside of… Read more »

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Opening statement in Stanišić and Simatović retrial

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Today the Prosecution will open the first full retrial in the history of international criminal law. In 2013, Jovića Stanišić and Franko Simatović were acquitted on all counts in the indictment in their trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia. In 2015, the Appeals Chamber reversed their acquittals having found errors of law which,… Read more »

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South Africa Reverses its Withdrawal from ICC Statute

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It is being reported that South Africa has ceased all internal and external processes in relation to its withdrawal from the ICC Statute. Earlier this week, South African Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha revoked the ICC Repeal Bill. Furthermore, South Africa is said to have countermanded its official notification to the UN… Read more »

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Kenya Contemplates Departure from ICC

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In a speech earlier this week, President Uhuru Kenyatta, said that Kenya will have to think carefully about its membership of the International Criminal Court. The President stated in his address that “We have sought the changes that will align the ICC to respect national sovereignty. Those changes have not been forthcoming. We will therefore… Read more »

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Closing argument in Mladić

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From 5 to 16 December the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia will hear closing argument for the last time. General Mladić faces an eleven count indictment, alleging genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war. These substantive offences are alleged to have been committed through all possible modes… Read more »