Whaling Case Begins in International Court of Justice on 26th June 2013

Australia will make its opening arguments against whaling in the Southern Ocean at the International Court of Justice on 26th June 2013. The Australian government initiated legal action against Japan in 2010 to try and stop whaling in the Southern hemisphere. Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus, said in a statement: “Australia’s views on whaling are well established … Read more Whaling Case Begins in International Court of Justice on 26th June 2013

Australian Federal Police Raise Concerns Over Egyptian INTERPOL Notice

The Australian Federal Police have raised concerns about an INTERPOL red notice issued by Egypt. The red notice was originally issued in 2001 and named Mr Sayed Abel Latif in relation to premeditated murder, destruction of property, and the possession of firearms, ammunition and explosives without a permit. The red notice was renewed in 2011 … Read more Australian Federal Police Raise Concerns Over Egyptian INTERPOL Notice

Libya and the ICC: In the Pursuit of Justice?

The ongoing post-conflict reconstruction process in Libya is reigniting a crucial debate among transitional justice advocates as to the role the International Criminal Court (ICC) can play in delivering justice and redress to victims of grave crimes. In the midst of the February 2011 revolution, the ICC opened an investigation into crimes allegedly committed in … Read more Libya and the ICC: In the Pursuit of Justice?

Morocco and the International Criminal Court: Balancing National and International Law

It has been twelve years since Morocco became a signatory to the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC) —the world’s first permanent international court to prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. During this time, Morocco has continued to move forward in its commitment to upholding the rule of … Read more Morocco and the International Criminal Court: Balancing National and International Law

Judge Peter Tomka Elected President of International Court of Justice

The new President of the International Court of Justice will be Judge Peter Tomka of Slovakia. He will be assisted by the newly elected Vice President, Judge Bernardo Sepúlveda-Amor of Mexico. Both positions were appointed on Monday 6th February following consultations in the General Assembly of the United Nations and the UN Security Council. The … Read more Judge Peter Tomka Elected President of International Court of Justice

New Research on the Legality of Humanitarian Intervention Presented at EUI

New research on the legal justification for humanitarian intervention by foreign states has opened up the debate on sovereignty and human rights obligations. Ciaran Burke presented the research, entitled “The Equitable Theory of Humanitarian Intervention”, to a panel of experts at the European University Institute at Florence. Speaking after the “doctrinal debate” in which professors Martti … Read more New Research on the Legality of Humanitarian Intervention Presented at EUI

Killing of Suspected Terrorist Anwar al-Aulaqi Raises Questions of Due Process

The assassination of suspected terrorist and United States national, Anwar al-Aulaqi, in a drone attack in Yemen on 1st October 2011 has raised questions about due process in targeted killings carried out be the United States. Whilst the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, has long questioned the practice of … Read more Killing of Suspected Terrorist Anwar al-Aulaqi Raises Questions of Due Process

Momčilo Perišić Sentenced to 27 Years for Role in Sarajevo and Srebrenica Attacks

Momčilo Perišić has been sentenced to 27 years in prison by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Mr Perišić was found guilty by the tribunal of of aiding and abetting murders, inhumane acts, persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, and attacks on civilians in Sarajevo and Srebrenica. He was also found guilty … Read more Momčilo Perišić Sentenced to 27 Years for Role in Sarajevo and Srebrenica Attacks

Special Tribunal for Lebanon Publishes Documents and Names Accused

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon has finally published full details of an indictment that names those accused of assassinating the Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri on 14th February 2005. Salim Jamil Ayyash, born on 10 November 1963 in Harouf, Lebanon, Mustafa Amine Badreddine (aka Sami Issa, Mustafa Youssef Badreddine, Elias Fouad Saab) born on 6 April … Read more Special Tribunal for Lebanon Publishes Documents and Names Accused

Lucasfilm Ltd Calls on UK to Modernise Copyright Law

Lucasfilm Ltd which owns the rights to Star Wars and its related products, today issued a mixed reponse to a UK Supreme Court ruling on a copyright infringement of a storm trooper outfit. There were two aspects to the ruling – firstly that of the copyright infringement itself and secondly “Whether an English court may … Read more Lucasfilm Ltd Calls on UK to Modernise Copyright Law

Special Tribunal for Lebanon Issues Arrest Warrants for Hariri Murder

Special Tribunal for Lebanon has issued long-awaited arrest warrants for those suspected of assassinating the former Lebanese Prime Minister, Rafiq Hariri in 2005. The sealed arrest warrants were sent to the Lebanese Prosecutor-General to allow time for the Lebanese authorities to pursue the accused. Judge Fransen took the opportunity to remind observers that, while the … Read more Special Tribunal for Lebanon Issues Arrest Warrants for Hariri Murder

International Criminal Court Indicts Muammar Gaddafi, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdualla Al-Senussi

The International Criminal Court has issued warrants for arrest for Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah Al-Senussi. The chamber which issued the indictments was comprised of; Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng (Presiding), Judge Sylvia Steiner and Judge Cuno Tarfusser. Although the warrants have been issued, states which are not party to the … Read more International Criminal Court Indicts Muammar Gaddafi, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdualla Al-Senussi

Augustin Bizimungu Sentenced to 30 Years for Rwandan Genocide

Augustin Bizimungu, the former Chief of the Rwandan Army, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. A three judge panel found him guilty of six counts of genocide, crimes against humanity for murder, extermination and rape and violations of articles of the Geneva Conventions. He was acquitted … Read more Augustin Bizimungu Sentenced to 30 Years for Rwandan Genocide

Law: US Refuses Official Visit for UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

Juan E. Méndez, the Special Rapporteur on Torture has been refused an official visit to Private First Class Bradley E. Manning by the US government, despite repeated requests since last December. Mr. Manning has been in US custody since May last year and is confined to his cell at a marine corps brig for 23 hours … Read more Law: US Refuses Official Visit for UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

Law: Special Tribunal for Lebanon Enters Judicial Phase

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon has entered its judicial phase with the first indictment received from The Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), Canadian Daniel Bellemare. The Lebanese media has speculated that the indictment contains the names of Hizbollah members. The tribunal was set up to investigate and try those responsible for the … Read more Law: Special Tribunal for Lebanon Enters Judicial Phase