Law: International Criminal Court Amends “Crime of Aggression”

On 11 June 2010, the Review Conference of the Rome Statute concluded in Kampala, Uganda, after meeting for two weeks. The Conference adopted a resolution by which it amended the Rome Statute so as to include a definition of the crime of aggression and the conditions under which the Court could exercise jurisdiction with respect … Read more Law: International Criminal Court Amends “Crime of Aggression”

UN Court Upholds Balkan War Crime Convictions

On 19th May 2010, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) upheld the conviction of Johan Tarčulovski for overseeing the ransacking of Ljuboten in 2001. Tarčulovski was a policeman at the time. He was accused of “ordering, planning and instigating the murder of three ethnic Albanian civilians, wanton destruction of twelve houses or … Read more UN Court Upholds Balkan War Crime Convictions

Pakistan: Court Bans Facebook

A judgement in the Lahore High Court, Pakistan, from Justice Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhry has resulted in the Pakistani department of telecommunications being ordered to block social networking website, Facebook, after “un-islamic” and “blasphemous” images featuring the prophet Muhammad were allowed to remain on the site. The judgement means that the entire Facebook website will be … Read more Pakistan: Court Bans Facebook

UK Supreme Court Ruling: ZN (Afghanistan) (FC) and others (Appellants) v Entry Clearance Officer (Karachi) (Respondent) and one other action

ZN (Afghanistan) (FC) and others (Appellants) v Entry Clearance Officer (Karachi) (Respondent) and one other action raised the question of which immigration rules apply to family members seeking entry to the United Kingdom, where the sponsor has been granted asylum and consequently obtained British Citizenship. Spouses and children of refugees who have been granted asylum … Read more UK Supreme Court Ruling: ZN (Afghanistan) (FC) and others (Appellants) v Entry Clearance Officer (Karachi) (Respondent) and one other action

US Supreme Court: President Obama Nominates Elena Kagan for the Bench

At 10.02am EDT on Monday 10th May 2010, President Obama held a press conference announcing Elena Kagan as his nomination for US Supreme Court Judge. An abridged version of the statements follows, click here to watch the video: For nearly 35 years, Justice Stevens has stood as an impartial guardian of the law, faithfully applying … Read more US Supreme Court: President Obama Nominates Elena Kagan for the Bench

US Supreme Court: Hui v. Castaneda

In the case of a man detained by US immigration who was denied medical treatment and subsequently died of cancer, the claims to immunity of the United States Public Health Service have been tested, but upheld by the US Supreme Court. This judgement was given on May 3, 2010: While detained by immigration authorities, Francisco … Read more US Supreme Court: Hui v. Castaneda

India Supreme Court: RELIANCE NATURAL RESOURCES LTD. Vs. RELIANCE INDUSTRIES LTD.

Two of the richest people in the world, brothers Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries (RIL) and Anil Ambani of Reliance Natural Resources (RNRL) took a disagreement over gas supply to the Indian Supreme Court. The judgement was delivered on Friday 7th May 2010, with far-reaching consequences for energy supply in India and the share price … Read more India Supreme Court: RELIANCE NATURAL RESOURCES LTD. Vs. RELIANCE INDUSTRIES LTD.

UK Supreme Court: Farstad Supply AS (Appellant) v Enviroco Limited and another (Respondent) (Scotland)

Enviroco is not entitled to a contribution from Asco. Farstad Supply AS (‘Farstad’) owned an oil rig supply vessel which was damaged by fire while berthed in harbour on 7 July 2002. At the time of the fire, the third party charterer, Asco UK Limited (‘Asco’), had engaged the defender, Enviroco Limited (‘Enviroco’), to clean … Read more UK Supreme Court: Farstad Supply AS (Appellant) v Enviroco Limited and another (Respondent) (Scotland)

Law: Aspiring Fashion Writer to Pay Over $12,000 for Internship at Vogue

For those who dream of meritocracy it is a crying shame, for the bankers, lawyers and academics who run the RFK Center it is a coup: Vogue is auctioning off a week’s internship to benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. The current bid is $12,000 with a few days left … Read more Law: Aspiring Fashion Writer to Pay Over $12,000 for Internship at Vogue

Drugs Advisor Quits as Mephedrone Likely to be Banned in UK

The new “legal high” drug, often sold as plant food online, known as Mephedrone, is widely expected to be banned this afternoon by the British Government, despite a senior Drugs Advisor quitting the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) just hours before the decision is due to be announced. Dr Polly Taylor quit … Read more Drugs Advisor Quits as Mephedrone Likely to be Banned in UK

Dubai: Interpol Wanted List for Mossad Assassination Suspects

INTERPOL is to join a Dubai-based international task force investigating the murder of Palestinian national and Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh on 19 January 2010. At the request of UAE/Dubai authorities, the world police body has also issued a further 16 Red Notices  to assist in the arrest of additional suspects now linked to the murder … Read more Dubai: Interpol Wanted List for Mossad Assassination Suspects

Sudan: International Criminal Court to Decide on Charging Sudanese President with Genocide

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, has reversed a decision of the Pre-Trial Chamber I not to issue an arrest warrant for the Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir for the charge of genocide. The standard of proof applied for the arrest warrant had been set too high, … Read more Sudan: International Criminal Court to Decide on Charging Sudanese President with Genocide

Counter Terrorism Laws are Creating Surveillance States

Big Brother is watching you – and checking your financial information, scanning your body and keeping your fingerprints on file. That’s just the bit you know about. A new report from the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Martin Scheinin, reveals a startling amount of private information which is being stored, shared and … Read more Counter Terrorism Laws are Creating Surveillance States

Mongolia: President to end Death Penalty

On 14th January 2010, the Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj addressed the State Great Khural and explained his opposition to the death penalty. All death sentences in Mongolia have to be approved by the President, so his opposition represents an effective moratorium until the issue is voted on by the Mongolian Parliament. Citing several reasons, including … Read more Mongolia: President to end Death Penalty

Caribbean Commonwealth Urged to Drop Right of Appeal to UK Privy Council

In 2001, twelve Caribbean countries signed a treaty to establish a Caribbean Court of Justice. Despite this, only Guyana and Barbados have adopted the CCJ as their court of appeal with several countries still sending appeal cases to the UK’s privy council. Privy Councillor, Lord Phillips, has attacked the amount of time British Justices have … Read more Caribbean Commonwealth Urged to Drop Right of Appeal to UK Privy Council