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MH17 – DUTCH JUSTICE

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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 »

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ADC-ICTY and ICLB Mock Trial

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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

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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 »

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

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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 »

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

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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

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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 »

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Iraq Preliminary Investigation Re-Opened by ICC

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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

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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 »

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

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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

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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

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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 »

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Geoffrey Robertson QC Issues Press Release on the International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh

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A guest blog by Geoffrey Robertson, QC RENOWNED HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER AND WAR CRIMES JUDGE TO PUBLISH REPORT ON BANGLADESH INTERNATIONAL CRIMES TRIBUNAL The report of an independent enquiry conducted by Geoffrey Robertson QC into the legality of proceedings and punishments in the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal will be published on April 14th 2014. In… Read more »

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Rule of Law – A Guide for Politicians

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The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Lund University, Sweden) and the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (The Netherlands) have published a guide on the rule of law for politicians. The guide is intended to provide orientation for politicians concerning the basic rule of law elements. Click here for further… Read more »

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International Press Conference: Calls to Suspend Immediately and Unconditionally Treason Trial

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A guest blog by Toby Cadman PERVEZ MUSHARRAF Treason Trial: international legal experts demand an immediate and unconditional suspension of the trial in light of leaked secret communication from the Pakistani Prime Minister’s Office indicating an unlawful collusion between the Pakistani Government and elements of the Judiciary to “fix and manipulate” the trial. The press… Read more »

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European Parliament​’s Foreign Affairs Committee Adopts First European Magnitsky List with 32 Names

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Press Release For Immediate Distribution   European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee Adopts First European Magnitsky List with 32 Names 18 March 2014 – Today the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for targeted asset freezes and visa sanctions on 32 individuals in the Magnitsky case in Europe. The top officials on… Read more »

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Lecture to be held by Professor Richard Wilson

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On Monday, 10 March 2014 Professor Richard Wilson (University of Connecticut School of Law) will hold a lecture on Criminalizing Hate Speech and War Propaganda Place: LSE, Old Building, OLD 3.21 Time: 5.30 – 7 p.m.