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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 »

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Meditation for Barristers and Solicitors Chambers of 9 Bedford Row October/November 2016

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Barristers and solicitors spend significant amounts of time in ‘fight or flight’ mode when dealing with the stress of advocacy and litigation. Meditation, when practiced regularly, can lead to a reduction in everyday stress levels and boost feelings of wellbeing. Gillian Higgins, a senior international criminal practitioner at 9 Bedford Row, will be conducting a… 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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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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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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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 »