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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 »

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Ongwen Accused of War Crimes Before The ICC

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Dominic Ongwen, an alleged commander in Joseph Kony’s militia, has been accused before the International Criminal Court of atrocities including torture, sexual slavery and forced cannibalism. He faces 70 charges involving war crimes and crimes against humanity. Last week, the Court was told by Prosecutor Benjamin Gumpert that witnesses will testify that Ongwen “instructed his… Read more »

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Katanga Produced Before Haute Court Militaire in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Germain Katanga (pictured, left) is produced today before the Haute Court Militaire, Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to respond to charges alleging war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Eastern Congo in 2002-2005. David Hooper Q.C, who represented him at the International Criminal Court attended as an observer. Germain Katanga,… Read more »

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ICLB Co-Founder Launches 2016 Innocence Project Scholarships for the Bar of Ireland

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Defence attorney Colleen Rohan (pictured), a founding member of the International Criminal Law Bureau (ICLB), arrived in Dublin last week to launch The Bar Association of Ireland’s 2016 Innocence Project Scholarships and gave a speech entitled “The Burden of Proving Innocence” in support of the venture. Founded in 1992, the original Innocence Project located in… Read more »

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Kosovo War Crimes Court to Open in The Hague

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The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has today released a statement confirming that a tribunal will be set up in The Hague to try war crimes allegedly committed in Kosovo in 1999-2000, during and immediately after the Kosovo war. The court will be made up of international judges and funded by the EU, but will… Read more »

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IBA Conference – Legal Challenges of Modern Warfare

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The 2016 programme for the International Bar Association’s annual conference on international criminal law has been released. The theme for this year is “Legal Challenges of Modern Warfare”. The event takes place on January 30-31st at the Peace Palace in The Hague (Den Haag), the Netherlands.     The topics to be covered include: ·… Read more »

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ICTR Issues Final Judgement

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The Appeals Chamber of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has today issued its final judgment. The Appeals Chamber overturned various convictions and reduced the sentences of each of the six appellants. As a consequence, it ordered the immediate release of two appellants, Joseph Kanyabashi and Sylvain Nsabimana. Nyiramasuhuko et al, known as… Read more »

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Namibia to Leave the ICC

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On 23rd November, it was announced that the Cabinet of Namibia has approved a recommendation by the ruling SWAPO party for the country to leave the International Criminal Court. The date on which Namibia will officially withdraw from the Court is yet to be confirmed.     The SWAPO Party of Namibia has criticized the… Read more »

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Fatou Bensouda Defends the ICC

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The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court: Fatou Bensouda, has issued a statement supporting the work of the ICC which has come under fire in recent years for being biased and politicised. Click the link below to read the full statement: https://www.icc-cpi.int/en_menus/icc/press%20and%20media/press%20releases/Pages/otp-stat-24-11-2015.aspx Image source: thehaguetrials.co.ke Text source: ICC, 24th November 2015    

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Bangladesh Requests Amnesty to Withdraw Criticism of Decision to Execute Mujahid Chowdhury

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Bangladesh has requested that human rights organization Amnesty International withdraw its criticism of the country’s decision to execute Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, a senior politician from Jamaat-e-Islami and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, a leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party. In 2013 the pair were found guilty of committing crimes throughout Bangladesh’s war of independence (1971)… Read more »