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IBA Comments on Draft ICC Registry Revision Project Paper

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Steven Kay QC, Co-Chair of the IBA War Crimes Committee, is pleased to produce the IBA assessment upon the future of the OPCD as part of the ICC Registrar’s Revision Project Please click here to view the IBA document: ‘Comments on Draft Registry Revision Project Paper: “Basic Outline of Proposals to Establish Defence and Victims Offices”‘.

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Forensic Linguistics Institute – Statement concerning the dropping of the charges in the Kenyatta Case

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Click here http://www.thetext.co.uk/president_kenyatta.html  to read the statement of Dr. John Olsson, an expert appointed by the ICC in the Kenyatta Case, instructed by Steven Kay QC and Gary Summers. Working on the case over a long period of time, Dr. Olsson analysed statements from various witnesses, “purporting to implicate Mr Kenyatta in the post election violence”. Dr…. Read more »

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A German citizen represented by 9BRI Associate Member Jens Dieckmann was given a suspended sentence for supporting FDLR

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On 5 December 2014, the German High Court in Duesseldorf convicted three German citizens for links to the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, known by its French acronym FDLR, an ethnic Hutu militia operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The FDLR was dedicated to the overthrow of Rwanda’s government and is… Read more »

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ICC Charges Withdrawn Against President Kenyatta

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Today, Friday 5 December 2014, the Office of the Prosecutor (‘OTP’) of the International Criminal Court (‘ICC’) officially withdrew the charges against the President of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta. In its ‘Notice of withdrawal of the charges against Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta’, Fatou Bensouda stated: ‘In light of the Trial Chamber’s 3 December… Read more »

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ADC-ICTY Ethics Training

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A guest blog by Fábio Kanagaratnam  On 8 November 2014, the ADC-ICTY organised an Ethics Training for ADC-ICTY members and for the first time external participants from all tribunals and courts in The Hague. The Training was held at the Bel Air Hotel in The Hague and attended by a large audience which included interns and… Read more »

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UN Calling for Referral of North Korea to the ICC Prosecution

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111 countries have passed a resolution calling for a referral of alleged crimes against humanity in North Korea to the ICC prosecutor. The resolution was adopted in the UN General Assembly’s human rights committee and will be before the full assembly for formal approval in December. The resolution followed a report published in February by… Read more »

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Fourth Edition of ‘Abuse of Process in Criminal Proceedings’ now covers International Criminal Proceedings

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A guest blog by Sarah Bafadhel The new edition of the leading textbook, ‘Abuse of Process in Criminal Proceedings’, now includes a chapter analysing the application of the abuse of process doctrine in international criminal law proceedings. Authored by Sarah Bafadhel, of 9 Bedford Row, the chapter is the most comprehensive review of the doctrine… Read more »

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The Defence in International Criminal Courts – ICWC Conference at Marburg University

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Steven Kay QC, Gillian Higgins and Jens Dieckmann of 9 Bedford Row are to speak on 3 – 5 December 2014 at the Conference “The Defence in International Criminal Courts” to be held at the International Research and Documentation Centre for War Crimes Trials (ICWC) at the University of Marburg, Germany – see http://www.icwc-conference.de/programme.html The conference will review… Read more »

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ICC: UK’s first ICC Judge attacking the proposed restructuring of the International Criminal Court

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Sir Adrian Fulford, Britain’s first judge at the ICC, has expressed his concerns in a public lecture held at Chatham House concerning the ongoing restructuring project at the ICC. The planned restructuring exercise of the ICC’s Registrar, known as ReVision project, might leave defendants and victims “insufficiently represented while very considerable power remained with the… Read more »

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Iraq and the Death Penalty: Retentionist and Regressionist

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Guest post by Jake Rylatt On Sunday 19th October, amidst growing concerns surrounding the human rights situation in Iraq, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (‘OHCHR’) and UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (‘UNAMI’) Human Rights Office jointly published a ‘Report on the Death Penalty in Iraq’ (the ‘Report’). The Report ultimately… Read more »

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US Judge Makes Surprising Decision to Allow Lawyer John Moscow to Continue Representing Russian Client After Switching Sides in the Forfeiture Case from Crime Uncovered by Sergei Magnitsky

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Press Release issued by Hermitage Capital 24 October 2014 – Yesterday in the Southern District court of New York, U.S. federal judge Thomas Griesa denied Hermitage Capital’s motion to disqualify New York lawyer John Moscow, law firms Baker Hostetler and Baker Botts for conflict of interest and breaching their client’s confidences. The New York case involves the… Read more »

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ADC-ICTY Ethics Training

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Association of Defence Counsel Practising Before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia – Ethics Training Event This comprehensive one-day training will focus on ethical issues during the pre-trial, trial and appeal stages and will address a number of pertinent questions in the form of three panel discussions. Date: 8 November 2014 Time: 9:00… Read more »

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IBA Annual Conference on International Criminal Law

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The IBA Annual Conference on International Criminal Law: “International legal challenges for 2015″ will take place on 31 January – 1 February 2015 at the Peace Palace in The Hague. The conference will address the following topics: – Respecting state sovereignty and the ICC – unwilling or unable? – Russia and Ukraine – Israel and… Read more »

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Russian Government Refuses to Comply with Council of Europe’s Demand to Re-Open the Sergei Magnitsky Murder Investigation for the Fourth Time

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PRESS RELEASE 6 October 2014 – The Russian Investigative Committee has for the fourth time refused the application from Sergei Magnitsky’s mother to investigate the murder of her son in Russian police custody after he uncovered and testified about the theft of $230 million from state coffers by members of the criminal gang and corrupt Russian officials. The… Read more »

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William Schabas Appointed to Chair Gaza Inquiry

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Guest blog by Drea Becker William Schabas has been appointed by the Human Rights Council to chair an international commission of inquiry to investigate violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The commission will focus on the Gaza Strip, in the context of military operations conducted since 13 June… Read more »

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ICC: Defence Request for Leave to Appeal “Decision on Defence Motion on Privileged Communications” denied

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On 15 August the Bemba Trial Chamber denied leave to appeal a controversial decision denying counsel-client privilege to any member of a defence team other than counsel and legal assistants. In its initial ruling issued on 9 June 2014, the Specifically, the Trial Chamber stated, inter alia: 19. The Chamber considers that (…) privilege is afforded to… Read more »