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John Jones QC

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It is with great sadness we report the news of the death of our dear friend and colleague John Jones QC. John was a leading light of the international criminal law fraternity whose contribution to this area of law was immense in scholarship and practise. We all spent happy and exciting times with him in… Read more »

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Hadžić’s trial indefinitely halted due to illness

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By Marina Mayer The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has ordered an indefinite halt to the trial of Croatian Serb rebel leader Goran Hadžić as the majority of the judges in the Trial Chamber have ruled that he is “currently unfit to stand trial”. Hadžić’s trial commenced in 2012, but he was later… Read more »

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IBA Event: ‘Trials in Absentia in International Criminal Justice’

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The International Bar Association is hold an experts’ roundtable discussion on ‘Trials in Absentia in International Criminal Justice’. The event will take place on 8th June 2016 from 14:00-17:30 at the Hague Institute for Global Justice located at Sophialaan 10, The Hague. The Keynote presentation will be delivered by Judge Ivana Hrdlicková, the President of the… Read more »

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The ICC’s Permanent Premises to be Opened Soon

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By Marina Mayer His Majesty King Willem-Alexander will officially open the permanent premises of the International Criminal Court on 19 April 2016. An opening ceremony will take place on that day, hosted by the ICC President, Judge Silvia Fernández and President of the Assembly of States Parties, H.E. Mr Sidiki Kaba. Among the 350 expected guests… Read more »

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Former Georgian Minister of Defence and Aide to President Misha Saakashvili Discharged in UK Extradition Proceedings

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By Michael Drury, BCL Burton Copeland Solicitors In his Judgment dated 21st March 2016 www.bcl.com/downloads/Judgment210316.PDF Senior District Judge Howard Riddle, the Chief Magistrate, in a comprehensive 31 page analysis discharged DAVIT KEZERASHVILI on both ‘extraneous consideration’ grounds under the Extradition Act 2003 as to political motivation behind prosecutions in Mr Kezerashvili’s home state of Georgia… Read more »

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The Prosecutor v. William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang – Judgement Released

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Click below to access the full judgement: https://www.icc-cpi.int/en_menus/icc/situations%20and%20cases/situations/situation%20icc%200109/related%20cases/icc01090111/court%20records/chambers/tcVa/Pages/2027.aspx And click the following link to read the ICC’s official press release: https://www.icc-cpi.int/en_menus/icc/press%20and%20media/press%20releases/Pages/pr1205.aspx Image source: www.ndtv.com  

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Case Against Deputy President William Ruto Dismissed by ICC

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The International Criminal Court has dismissed the case against William Ruto, the Deputy President of Kenya, Mr Ruto and his co-accused Mr Joshua arap Sag. Both had denied charges of crimes against humanity relating to the aftermath of Kenya’s election violence in 2007/8. It will be announced within 28 days as to whether or not… Read more »

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Vojislav Seselj Acquitted by ICTY

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The Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia has, today, acquitted the former Serbian Deputy Prime Minister on all counts in his indictment. Although accompanied by a highly critical dissenting opinion, the majority of the Trial Chamber made some findings which were significant in the context of the Balkan conflict as… Read more »

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LawCare – Support for Lawyers

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LawCare is a registered charity providing information and support to legal professionals working or training throughout the UK, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man and Jersey. Since it was founded in 1997, LawCare has helped thousands of lawyers and support staff with work related issues including stress, disputes with colleagues and alcohol misuse. The group… Read more »

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ICC Judges Provisionally Amend the Rules of Procedure and Evidence

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PRESS RELEASE On 10 February 2016, the judges of the International Criminal Court (“ICC”), during their 34th plenary session, provisionally amended rule 165 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence (“Rules”). Rule 165, which addresses certain procedures related to proceedings for offences against the administration of justice, pursuant to article 70 of the Rome Statute,… Read more »

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Draft Policy Paper on Case Selection and Prioritisation – ICC

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The International Criminal Court has now made a draft the Policy Paper on Case Selection and Prioritisation available for download. It outlines the considerations which guide the use of prosecutorial discretion in the selection and prioritisation of cases for investigation and prosecution. It breaks down the policy and practice of the Office of the Prosecutor… Read more »

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ECCC Seeking Applications for Internships

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“Defence Teams at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) are currently seeking applications for unpaid internships of 3 and 6 months duration, to start on dates between April and July 2016. A good candidate would have a strong academic background in law and a demonstrated enthusiasm for defence work in international criminal… Read more »