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Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Launches Dispute Resolution Service

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Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce welcomed representatives from organisations including the legal sector to the launch of the new Business Dispute Resolution Service, in partnership with the London School of Mediation. The service has been introduced in the wake of Government measures encouraging businesses to resolve disputes before they go to court – which include… 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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ADC-ICTY Annual Conference

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Reminder: The ADC-ICTY will host its annual conference, entitled “The Situation of Defence Counsel at International Criminal Courts and Tribunals”, at the Bel Air Hotel on 5 December from 9:00 to 17:30. Registration is open until 30 November.  This one-day conference will feature four distinguished panels on various topics in relation to the role and importance of the… Read more »

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ADC-ICTY Annual Conference: Judge Schomburg Confirmed as Keynote Speaker

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The Association of Defence Counsel Practising before the ICTY and Representing Counsel before the MICT (ADC-ICTY) is pleased to announce that its Annual Conference on 5 December 2015 will be opened with a keynote speech entitled No Justice Without Defence Counsel by Professor Doctor h.c. Wolfgang Schomburg. Wolfgang Schomburg served as an international Judge at… Read more »

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ADC-ICTY: Annual Conference 2015

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A guest blog by Hannah McMillen The Association of Defence Counsel Practising before the ICTY and Representing Counsel before the MICT (ADC-ICTY) is pleased to announce its annual conference for 2015, on “The Situation of Defence Counsel at International Criminal Courts and Tribunals”. Date: 5 December 2015 Time: 09:00 to 17:30 Location: Bel Air Hotel, Johan… Read more »

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U.N. calls for special court to prosecute Sri Lanka war crimes

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Earlier today, the UN stated in their much anticipated report that Sri Lankan government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels “most likely” committed war crimes including mass killings of civilians during their long conflict which should be prosecuted by a special court with international judges. The UN report also held that Sri Lanka’s criminal justice system… Read more »

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Kill All The Lawyers: A New View Of What Justice Can Do

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A guest blog by Geraldine Coughlan With Palestine’s complaint against Israel for war crimes, and Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir fleeing arrest in South Africa lately, the International Criminal Court’s news profile has rarely been higher. But nothing short of the Court’s credibility is at stake when the issue of fair trials arises. Are prosecution and… Read more »

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Omnia Strategy Press Release

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Omnia Strategy welcomes today’s decision of the English courts to throw out the extradition case against Rwanda’s Chief of Intelligence and Security Services, Lieutenant General Karenzi Karake. The General has been freed unconditionally after the Spanish authorities conceded that the General has committed no offence that could be prosecuted in England and Spain. This admission… Read more »

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ADC-ICTY Organises Advocacy Training on “Expert Witnesses”

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On Saturday, 22 August 2015 the ADC-ICTY is organising the last session of its Advocacy Training Series in 2015. The session will focus on “Expert Witnesses” and will be lead by Defence Legal Consultant and ADC-ICTY Vice-President Dragan Ivetic. The training will take place at the ICTY (press room) between 9:30 and 17:00 hours. You may register via adcicty.headoffice@gmail.com. The fee is 25 Euros… Read more »

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Amnesty International’s Shailesh Rai argues India’s death penalty

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Shailesh Rai, the Senior Policy Advisor at Amnesty International India has responded to an article by R Jagannathan, the Editor-In-Chief of news website “Firstpost”, challenging India’s death penalty. Jagannathan’s original article was supportive of the country’s death sentence, particularly in the recent case of Yakub Memon, who was hung on July 30th. Both articles raise… Read more »

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Appeal for Italian marines to be heard next month

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                    The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will listen to an appeal attempting to put an end to criminal proceedings against two Italian marines who are charged with shooting and killing a pair of Indian fishermen in February 2012. Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore… Read more »

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UN Secretary-General encourages international cooperation to beat human trafficking

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In his message uploaded to the official United Nations website yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged every country to join the struggle against human trafficking, saying: “I call on all countries to fight money laundering and sign and ratify the UN Conventions against corruption and transnational organized crime, including the latter’s human trafficking protocol.” Mr Ban emphasised… Read more »

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Report indicates evidence of war crimes committed by Israel

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The non-governmental organisation Amnesty International issued a report on Wednesday that indicates evidence of war crimes committed by Israel in August 2014. The war crimes are believed to be a reaction to the capturing of an Israeli soldier by political organisation and militant group Hamas. Researchers state that through scrutinising hundreds of photos, videos, satellite… Read more »

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Russia vetoes U.N. MH17 tribunal

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The draft resolution set up by the United Nations to form an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for causing the MH17 crash has been vetoed by Russia. The Ukraine, who has encouraged the resolution, has alleged Russian responsibility for the crash. 11 out of the 15 permanent members of the Security Council supported the… Read more »

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Libyan House of Representatives approves amnesty law

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                    The democratically-elected House of Representatives, the Libyan parliament, has approved a law of pardon following on from Law No. 35 of 2012, which had previously provided amnesty for some crimes. The vote, which took place on 28 July 2015, further pardons all Libyans convicted for… Read more »

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Human Rights at Sea) Spring-Summer Update

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Welcome to the second periodic newsletter from Human Rights at Sea for the Spring Summer period. As expected, much has occurred since the start of the year and below, are just a few of the highlights as a newly formed Foundation Charitable Incorporated Organisation promoting maritime human rights, globally. Charitable status: The most significant event… Read more »