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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 »

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ICDL Germany e.V. – 11th Annual Meeting 2017

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The Annual Meeting of the International Criminal Defence Lawyers Germany – ICDL eV – will take place in Berlin at the Hotel InterContinental on 28 January 2017. The meeting will last the whole day from: 09:00 – 20:30. The event will include speeches from many respected legal professionals, including one of the Co Vice Presidents… Read more »

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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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Members of 9 Bedford Row International Ranked in Chambers UK: The Bar 2017

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Chambers UK: The Bar 2017 has recently been published and the guide is now available at; http://www.chambersandpartners.com/guide/uk-bar/14. Four Barristers from the 9 Bedford Row International team have been ranked in Chambers UK Bar 2017, namely Steven Kay QC, Gillian Higgins and Sarah Bafadhel. Chambers UK is compiled following in-depth interviews conducted by an extensive research group to… 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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Bar Council Launches “Wellbeing at the Bar” Portal

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Earlier this month, the Bar Council launched a “Wellbeing at the Bar” website which aims to tackle the stigma associated with mental health and encourage members of the profession to better understand wellbeing and address the challenges faced by members of the Bar. This month, Gillian Higgins at The Chambers of 9 Bedford Row, launches… 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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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 »