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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 »

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Final Draft of International Criminal Court Bar Association Constitution Released

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Click the link at the bottom of this post to read the final draft of the International Criminal Court Bar Association Constitution: PREAMBLE List Counsel of the International Criminal Court, ASSEMBLED in (Place) on (Date); CONSIDERING the creation of the International Criminal Court (“ICC”) as a permanent court characterized by its specific scope of jurisdiction;… Read more »

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Kosovo Serb Politician Sentenced for War Crimes Against Ethnic Albanians During War of Independence

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Oliver Ivanovic (pictured), a leading Kosovo Serb politician has received a prison sentence of nine years for war crimes. It was alleged that Ivanovic encouraged the killing of ethnic Albanians by Serb paramilitary forces during Kosovo’s war of independence from Serbia. Ivanovic had denied the charges and will stay under house arrest pending an appeal…. Read more »

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Jens Dieckmann speaks at a Conference of The German Judicial Academy

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At the invitation of the German Federal Government and the German Federal Ministry of Justice (Berlin), Jens Dieckmann, German Lawyer and Associate Member of 9 Bedford Row International, will speak at a conference on 16 February 2016 on “Procedural Challenges in the Application of International Criminal Law – The Defence Perspective”. This event is part… Read more »

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Trials Begin For Ex-Soviet Military Officials Accused of Crimes Against Humanity During Crackdown in Lithuania

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In late January, Lithuania initiated war crimes trials for 65 ex-Soviet military officials. The officials stand accused of committing crimes against humanity throughout the 1991 crackdown by the Soviet Union during Lithuania’s independence movement. The action resulted in the Soviet army killing 14 civilians and wounding more than 700. A considerable number of the accused… Read more »