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IBA Annual Conference on International Criminal Law


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 »


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


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 »


William Schabas Appointed to Chair Gaza Inquiry


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 »


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


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 »




A guest blog by Geraldine Coughlan As Dutch investigators arrive in eastern Ukraine to search the MH17 crash site, the priority is to establish the cause of the crash and to bring those responsible to justice, according to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. It is not yet clear what form of justice the international investigation… Read more »


ADC-ICTY and ICLB Mock Trial


A guest blog by Isabel Duesterhoeft  On Saturday 28 June, the ADC-ICTY and the ICLB hosted the 2014 Mock Trial. The courtroom was presided over by ADC-ICTY President Colleen Rohan, Judge Janet Nosworthy, Judge Koffi Kumelio A. Afande and ADC-ICTY Vice-President Christopher Gosnell. Three army personell were accused of committing various war crimes and the… Read more »

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Al-Senussi case: Appeals Chamber confirms case is inadmissible before ICC


Press Release issued by the ICC ​Today, 24 July 2014, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) unanimously confirmed Pre-Trial Chamber I’s decision which declare​​d the case against Abdullah Al-Senussi inadmissible before the ICC. On 2 April 2013, the Libyan authorities filed a challenge to the admissibility of the case with regard to Abdullah Al Senussi before… Read more »


RUSI International Sea Power Conference 2014 – 9BRi Maritime Practice to present


RUSI International Sea Power Conference 2014 “National Power Projection from the Sea-Challenges and Opportunities” 1-2 July 2014 Royal United Services Institute David Hammond, of the 9 Bedford Row International Maritime Practice will be a speaker at the first RUSI International Sea Power conference, which will see international naval leaders, senior government and policy officials, industry,… Read more »


Bringing Interpol Into Disrepute Russia Targets Magnitsky Justice Campaigner Browder Through Interpol for the Third Time


Press Release 19 June 2014 – The Russian government has again targeted William Browder, leader of the global Magnitsky justice campaign, through Interpol, an international police organisation. This is Russia’s third attempt to involve Interpol in its political attack on Mr Browder, who has angered the Russian authorities with his criticism of corruption and human… Read more »

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ADC-ICTY: New Membership Category


As of April 2014, the Association of Defence Counsel Practicing Before the ICTY (ADC-ICTY) has a new membership category. In addition to the constitutional membership categories of Full and Associate Members, the ADC-ICTY now welcomes “Affiliate Members”. This new category is aimed at young practitioners, scholars, students and interns that have an interest in the… Read more »


Iraq Preliminary Investigation Re-Opened by ICC


Today, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) re-opened its preliminary investigation into ‘war crimes involving systematic detainee abuse’ allegedly committed by officials of the United Kingdom in Iraq from 2003 until 2008. The investigation, previously concluded in 2006, has been re-opened in light of further evidence submitted to the… Read more »

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Human Rights at Sea: Introductory Film


9 Bedford Row International Maritime Practice releases a new introductory film outlining the Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) international initiative. The film is part of the expanding HRAS website and international information platform expanding and developing human rights issues in the maritime environment. The website now supports an expanding Blog and Frequently Asked Questions. For further… Read more »


Universal Jurisdiction Torture and Murder Application Filed With State Prosecutor in Norway Against Russian Officials in Sergei Magnitsky Case


Press Release:  23 April 2014 – Oslo, London. Russian officials suspected of torturing and killing whistle-blowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky are named in the formal application now under consideration by the Chief Public Prosecutor of Norway Siri Frigaard. The application refers to Oleg Silchenko, Russian Interior Ministry officer in charge of Magnitsky’s arrest and detention, and… Read more »

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Trial of Saif and Saadi Gaddafi Begins in Libya


On Monday, the trial of two of Muammar Gaddafi’s sons, Saif al-Islam and Saadi, began in Tripoli, Libya. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi will appear alongside former spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi, two ex-prime ministers and 34 senior officials. Both sons are accused of “orchestrating a campaign of murder, torture and bombardment of civilians during Libya’s eight-month civil war in… Read more »

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IBA Annual Conference 2014 – Tokyo


The International Bar Association’s 2014 Annual Conference will take place from 19 to 24 October 2014 at the Tokyo International Forum. The sessions of the War Crimes Committee will be charied by Steven Kay QC at which Gregor Guy-Smith and Toby Cadman from the ICLB will be panellists on. Sessions of the War Crimes Committee:… Read more »