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

Nokia to Audit Australian SMS Marketing

Finnish mobile giant, Nokia Corporation, is to audit its SMS marketing in Australia following an investigation by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). The ACMA is Australia’s regulator for broadcasting, the internet, radiocommunications and telecommunications. The ACMA’s strategic intent is to make communications and media work in Australia’s public interest. The ACMA commenced the … Read more Nokia to Audit Australian SMS Marketing

Gary Dobson and David Norris Found Guilty of Stephen Lawrence Murder

Two men were convicted of the murder of Stephen Lawrence at the Old Bailey in London on 3rd January 2012. The murder of Mr Lawrence took place at Eltham in South London in 1993. Gary Dobson and David Norris, now 36 and 35, were 17 and 16 at the time of the attack. They were … Read more Gary Dobson and David Norris Found Guilty of Stephen Lawrence Murder

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

US Supreme Court to Review Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The US Supreme Court will review aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act put forth by the Obama administration.The White House issued a defensive statement on the news, saying that it had asked for the review itself and that “we know the Affordable Care Act is constitutional and are confident the Supreme Court … Read more US Supreme Court to Review Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Amanda Knox Acquitted of Murder of Meredith Kercher

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito have both been cleared of the murder of Meredith Kercher following an appeal against their conviction. Rudy Guede remains in prison and his conviction is unaffected. Amanda Knox’s conviction for defamation was upheld though she was freed because of time already served. The case has been closely followed internationally by … Read more Amanda Knox Acquitted of Murder of Meredith Kercher

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

Bernard Hogan-Howe is London’s New Metropolitan Police Commissioner

Following a crisis in the leadership of the UK’s largest police force, Bernard Hogan-Howe has now been appointed as the head of the London Metropolitan Police Force. The UK Home Secretary, Theresa May, and the London Mayor, Boris Johnson, both interviewed the top candidates. Born in Sheffield, Commissioner Hogan-Howe started his career with the South … Read more Bernard Hogan-Howe is London’s New Metropolitan Police Commissioner

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

Australian High Court Reverses Refugee Swap Program

The High Court of Australia has ruled that controversial plans to swap asylum seekers for registered refugees from Malaysia was “made without power and is invalid”. The Minister for Immigration and citizenship has been restrained from removing the asylum seekers in question to Malaysia. The Gillard government had announced the plans to return asylum seekers … Read more Australian High Court Reverses Refugee Swap Program

Kenya: 28 New High Court Judges Appointed

Kenya’s Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has appointed 28 new High Court Judges to help in clearing case backlogs as well as usher in much anticipated reform in the Kenyan judiciary. “The recruitment of these 28 candidates was done in strict compliance with the provisions of the constitution and the Judicial Service Act,” said Hon. Justice … Read more Kenya: 28 New High Court Judges Appointed

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

Crime Prevention in Kenya – Making the Police More Effective and Accountable

Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA) is collaborating with the United States International University (USIU) with the support of the Open Society Initiative for East Africa (OSIEA) to hold a six-day seminar series on crime prevention in Kenya. “Dealing with crime and insecurity remains a key concern for government. I believe that the deliberations of the … Read more Crime Prevention in Kenya – Making the Police More Effective and Accountable

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

Guantanamo Victims Win Judgement on “Closed Material Procedures” in UK Justice System

In a landmark case against the security services, rendition victims have won their case that special “Closed Material Procedures” are not permissible in a civil case for damages against those who were complicit in their extraordinary rendition. The judges ruled that courts cannot go beyond the current Public Interest Immunity process without new legislation from … Read more Guantanamo Victims Win Judgement on “Closed Material Procedures” in UK Justice System