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Fifth Demirtas Hearing Takes Place Two Weeks Before Election


Written by Margaret Owen (pictured), International Trial Observer and Barrister Friday 8th June I have returned to Istanbul in order to observe the fifth hearing of the trial of former HDP co-chair: Selahattin Demirtas. Given that Turkey’s presidential election is only two weeks away, we the international observers, anticipate a final verdict. Selahattin Demirtas has… Read more »


Bemba Acquitted by ICC Appeals Chamber


                    On Friday 8th June the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court decided to acquit Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo from the charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. To learn more, click the following links:  … Read more »


Steven Kay QC Attended ABA Conference Panel on “Improving the Practice of Law Before the ICC and International Criminal Tribunals”


Steven Kay QC spoke at the ABA (American Bar Association) conference in Paris on 8 June in the session “Improving the Practice of Law Before the ICC and International Criminal Tribunals”. Other panellists were Ambassador Stephen Rapp and Kip Hale. The panel was chaired by Lucian Dervan and focussed upon the work of the ABA… Read more »


The Peoples’ Tribunal: Verdict on Turkey and the Kurds


On 15th and 16th March 2018, the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Turkey and the Kurds convened in Paris for an intensive two-day meeting on the treatment of Kurdish people living in Turkey by President Erdogan’s government. The tribunal views the actions of the Turkish state as “Denying the Kurdish People its right to self-determination, by… Read more »