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UN prosecution team wraps up war crimes case against Charles Taylor

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Former Liberian President Charles Taylor who is on trial before the special United Nations court for war crimes committed in neighbouring Sierra Leone is expected to know his fate early next year, his prosecutor says.Taylor has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts including murder, rape, conscripting child soldiers and sexual slavery during the 1996-2002 civil… Read more »

Possible ICC Investigation into Gaza War Crimes Allegations

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Over the past few days there have been media reports suggesting that the Chief Prosecutor at the ICC, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, is considering an investigation into alleged war crimes commited in the Gaza Strip during the recent conflict. Last month, he gave statements saying that the ICC had no jurisdiction to investigate, but the recent acceptance… Read more »

Hartmann Contempt Trial Postponed

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The trial of a former staff member of the ICTY for contempt has been postponed until further notice, the ICTY announced on Tuesday. The trial of Florence Hartmann was due to start on 5th February. It has been postponed following a motion filed by the Defence, just two days before the trial commencement date. In… Read more »

First Trial at the ICC – Lubanga Trial Opens

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Yesterday saw the first day of trial proceedings in the case against Thomas Lubanga Dylio at the ICC. This was also the opening of the first trial in the history of the court and also the first international criminal trial where victims are expected to fully participate in the proceedings. Thomas Lubanga , the first… Read more »

Six New Judges Elected to the ICC

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After nine rounds of elections for six ICC judges at the first resumption of the Seventh Session of the Assembly of States Parties at UN headquarters in New York, the available positions have been filled. The new ICC judges are: SAIGA, Fumiko (Japan) SHAHABUDDEEN, Mohamed (Guyana) TARFUSSER, Cuno (Italy) ALUOCH, Joyce (Kenya) MONAGENG, Sanji (Botswana)… Read more »

Harun Interview

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Ahmad Muhammad Harun, Sudan’s minister of state for humanitarian affairs, accused by the ICC of war crimes and crimes against humanity, has given an interview to the Guardian newspaper. It can be found here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/dec/04/sudan-darfur-human-rights-war-crimes

Pocar: Tribunal to work until 2010

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According to Fausto Pocar, former president of the ICTY, decision by the UN SC on extension of mandate to judges of the Hague Tribunal opens possibility for new extension of the mandate to that court. ‘The fact is that the mandate has to be prolonged to the judges so that they could continue started court… Read more »

Rwandan singer Simon Bikindi found Guilty for Direct and Public Incitement to Genocide

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The summary of the judgement can be found here: http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/refworld/rwmain/opendocpdf.pdf?reldoc=y&docid=4935248c2 See also below article on the Bikindi Judgement; The article can be found here: http://www.rnw.nl/internationaljustice/tribunals/ICTR/081202-bikindi-genocide Many Hutu killers sang his songs when they slaughtered ethnic Tutsis during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The Rwandan singer-songwriter Simon Bikindi incited civilians to kill Tutsis. The International Criminal Tribunal… Read more »

Latest ICC News – ICC wants Three Darfur Rebels Arrested

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ICC want three Darfur rebels arrested “Attacks on peacekeepers will not be tolerated” 20-11-2008 The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Luis Moreno Ocampo wants three Darfur rebel commanders arrested for a 2007 attack on African peacekeepers in Sudan’s Darfur region. The names of the militia leaders have not been released. “No one is… Read more »

Judge pulls out of Franco probes

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A top Spanish judge has pulled out of investigations into the fate of more than 100,000 people who vanished during the civil war and Franco dictatorship. Justice officials say Baltasar Garzon complied with demands that inquiries should be handled by courts in the regions where crimes were committed. Judge Garzon announced last month that the… Read more »

Breaking News: ICJ Renders Judgement on Preliminary Objections in Croatia v. Serbia

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This morning the International Court of Justice (ICJ), rendered its Judgment on the preliminary objections raised by Serbia on the Court’s jurisdiction and on the admissibility of Croatia’s Application in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Croatia v. Serbia). The Court found that it… Read more »

International Criminal Law Bureau Blog

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About this Blog. Welcome to the new International Criminal Law Bureau Blog, launched 10th November 2008. Focusing on legal matters, news-wires, latest international criminal law issues and the day-to-day activity and news of the ICLB’s membership. Contributions from Steven Kay QC, Professor Mischa Wladimiroff, Gregor Guy-Smith, Colleen Rohan, Gillian Higgins, Dr. Guenael Mettraux together with Cathy Mac Daid and Deirdre Montgomery who are… Read more »