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ICC: Informal Compilation of Proposals to Amend the Rome Statute

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Click here to read the informal compilation of proposals to amend the Rome Statute by the Assembly of State Parties. The proposed amendments include the proposals to make the use of nuclear weapons and international drug trafficking crimes within the jurisdiction of the court. Photocredit: Telegraph.co.uk/Alamy

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ICTY Appeals Chamber Delivers Judgment in Popović et al.

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On Friday 30 January 2015, the ICTY Appeals Chamber issued its Judgment in the case of Popović et al, the Tribunal’s largest completed case to date. The Appellants, five senior Bosnian Serbian military officials Vujadin Popović, Ljubiša Beara, Drago Nikolić, Radivoje Miletić, and Radivoje Miletić, had been tried for crimes perpetrated by Bosnian Serb forces in… Read more »

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Kenyatta Defence Publishes Report: ‘The Prosecution of Uhuru Kenyatta at the International Criminal Court’

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Download the full Kenyatta Defence report, ‘The Prosecution of Uhuru Kenyatta at the International Criminal Court’: http://www.internationallawbureau.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/report.pdf On 19 January 2015, the ICC Prosecution published a public redacted version of its Pre-Trial Brief (‘PTB’) in its now-defunct case against Uhuru Kenyatta. As predicted by the Kenyatta Defence, and as a result of the Prosecution’s purposeful misrepresentation… Read more »

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The Times Newspaper Acknowledges the Publication of an Inaccurate Article concerning President Kenyatta

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The Times newspaper acknowledged to Steven Kay QC today that they had published an inaccurate and defamatory article concerning President Uhuru Kenyatta. The letter sent by Steven Kay QC as lead counsel for President Kenyatta at the ICC is reproduced here. The original article demonstrates how inaccurate journalists may be and that failure to check… Read more »

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Last Chance to Register – The IBA War Crimes Conference: International Legal Challenges 2015

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Post by Steven Kay QC The IBA War Crimes Committee has confirmed a number of high-profile and exciting speakers for its 2015 annual conference: International Legal Challenges 2015. The conference will take place at The Peace Palace, The Hague between 31 January – 1 February 2015. The IBA War Crimes Committee has organised the conference to take on the hot… Read more »

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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 »