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Negotiators propose court to end 19-month civil war in South Sudan

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Mediators in South Sudan have proposed setting up a court to try possible crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes committed in the state. This is the latest power-sharing effort that is hoped will end a 19-month civil war that started in December 2013. For more on this story, please follow the link provided: http://news.yahoo.com/south-sudan-mediators-propose-war-crimes-court-104229186.html … Read more »

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ADC-ICTY & ICLB Moot Court

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A guest blog by Ingrid Tarlageanu On 11 July, the ADC-ICTY along with ICLB organised the 2015 Mock Trial. The event  took  place  at  the  International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.  During  the  week  prior  to  the  courtroom  exercise, the 25 participants  attended  several  trainings  which  covered  topics  such as “drafting  a  motion”,  “case … Read more »

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Israel will respond to ICC over war crimes allegations

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On Thursday, the daily Haaretz newspaper reported that the Israeli government will now respond to the ICC’s war crimes probe, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu initially refused to engage with the investigation. For more information, please see here: http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-to-engage-with-icc-over-war-crimes-probe/ Image source: haguejusticeportal.net Text source: The Times of Israel, July 9th 2015

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Justice for the German “Abu Graib” Victim

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Press Release from Jens Dieckmann: Justice for the German “Abu Graib” Victim – Federal Government of Germany Granted Jens Dieckmann’s Application for Humanitarian Protection M.R. fled from Tunisia, survived Libyan prisons and the Mediterranean Sea. In August 2014, he arrived in Germany, however, his ordeal was not over then: He was heavily mistreated and tortured… Read more »

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ICC: Practical Guide For The Media – Now Online

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A guest blog by Geraldine Coughlan A new Practical Guide for the Media reporting on the International Criminal Court (ICC) is now available online at: English |French. The ICC’s Public Affairs Unit compiled the Practical Guide for the media covering the work of the Court remotely, or from The Hague, as an essential working tool for journalists. This Guide… Read more »

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Sudan’s al-Bashir flies out of South Africa despite court ruling

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From BBC News: Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes, has left South Africa, pre-empting a court ruling over an international warrant for his arrest. The Pretoria High Court was due to decide whether he should be handed over to the International Criminal Court which charged him with the crimes. Mr Bashir… Read more »

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Global Witness: New Evidence of Bribery and Corruption by Soco International in Virunga National Park

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9 Bedford Row International has received the following news of the bribery and corruption investigation they advised Virunga National Park to take: Today, as Virunga National Park Director, Emmanuel de Merode and Southern Sector Warden, Innocent Mburanumwe are in Washington DC to receive one of the highest accolades in conservation - the prestigious ‘Rolex National Geographic… Read more »

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Professor Dr. Otto Triffterer (1931-2015)

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Obituary of Professor Dr. Otto Triffterer, by Astrid Reisinger Coracini We are deeply saddened to announce that Professor Dr. Otto Triffterer passed away on 1 June 2015. Professor Triffterer’s distinguished academic career was deeply rooted in the field of international criminal law. Following studies at the University of Freiburg and at Harvard University, he defended his… Read more »

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Russian Government Continues to Eliminate Evidence in the Magnitsky Case by Destroying Video Recordings of Magnitsky’s Last Hours in Detention

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Press Release by Magnitsky Justice Campaign 5 June 2015 – The Russian authorities have told Sergei Magnitsky’s mother that they have destroyed the video recordings of Sergei Magnitsky’s last hours before his killing in Matrosskaya Tishina detention center. In correspondence with Sergei Magnitsky’s mother, General Major V.Alyshev, Deputy Head of the Russian Investigative Committee’s Main Investigative Department, has confirmed the… Read more »

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ADC ICTY – Training on “Witness Proofing”

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The ADC ICTY will hold another training on 6 June 2015 as part of the advocacy training sessions organised this year. This next training will focus on “witness proofing” and will be provided by Marie O’Leary, currently a Counsel (Consultant) for the Office of Public Counsel for the Defence (OPCD) at the ICC.  The one-day event… Read more »

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Tjitske Lingsma – All Rise

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A guest blog by Geraldine Coughlan ‘All Rise’: The ICC and the Battles Behind the Noble Ideal  ‘All Rise’, a new book by Tjitske Lingsma, nominated for the Dutch non-fiction Brusse prize, explores the International Criminal Court’s idealised beginnings and its long, slow grinding version of criminal justice. Since the court opened its doors in 2002,… Read more »

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Central African Republic Votes to Create New Hybrid Tribunal

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On April 22, 2015, the Central African Republic’s transitional parliament voted to adopt a law to create a Special Criminal Court to investigate and prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity that have been committed in the Central African Republic since 2003. In order for the Special Criminal Court to now be established, its acting… Read more »

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Steven Kay QC – Lecture Upon “Defense Issues”

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Steven Kay QC is to present a lecture upon “Defense Issues” on Thursday 28 May 2015 from 09.00 – 10.50 am at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, The Hague. It is the 9th Annual Summer Law Program of the Asser Instituut on International Criminal Law and International Legal and Comparative Approaches to Counter-Terrorism! This programme is… Read more »

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Political Asylum for 9 Bedford Row Client Vladimir Ashurkov

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Russian opposition leader and a client of 9 Bedford Row, Mr Vladimir Ashurkov, has been granted political asylum in the UK. Ashurkov, one of the leaders of the Progress Party and the Executive Director of the Anti-Corruption Foundation, was represented by Mr Steven Kay QC and Ms Eeva Heikkilä of 9 Bedford Row. “Throughout my asylum application… Read more »