Archive for May, 2010
By MIKE CORDER, The Associated Press May 27 2010
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The 111 member nations of the International Criminal Court hope to finally agree on how to prosecute illegal attacks by one state on another when they meet next week in Uganda, the conference’s leader said Thursday.
President of the Assembly of States Parties, Lichtenstein diplomat Christian Wenaweser, told reporters during an online question-and-answer session that he is “cautiously optimistic and believe that we have a good basis for a solution that finds very wide political support.”
But top jurists and a prominent human rights organization warn that prosecuting the as-yet-undefined crime of aggression could open the world’s first permanent war crimes tribunal to accusations of politicization.
May 27, 2010 Radio Free Europe
The human rights group Amnesty International is calling on Russia, China and the United States to join the International Criminal Court — the only independent permanent court with the authority to try genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
In its annual “State Of The World’s Human Rights” report, Amnesty also called on India, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey to sign up for the court.
Amnesty said 2009 was a landmark year for international justice because the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Darfur region.
From the Liu Institute: “The Liu Institute for Global Issues aims to bridge the gap between academics and practitioners. This blog, Reports from the Field, will offer information and analysis from Liu Institute researchers. Our first series is on the Review Conference of the International Criminal Court.’
Current Blog Posts:
Asad Kiyani: Africa and the ICC – Resistance or Cooperation? May 25 10
Adam Bower: What is the Review Conference, and Why Should You Care? May 24 2010
International Herald Tribune- May 26 2010
On Monday, members of the International Criminal Court gather in Kampala, Uganda, to consider whether to amend the Court’s statute to allow it to exercise jurisdiction over the crime of “aggression.” Previous articles on these pages have argued that the crime is too vague and should be rejected (Michael J. Glennen, April 6), and that criminal responsibility for the illegal use of armed force would make international law more credible (Noah Weisbord, May 4).
By Richard Goldstone
Based on my experience as an international prosecutor, and speaking as a strong supporter of the International Criminal Court, I think it would be a mistake to add the crime of aggression to the Court’s docket now. The issue should be deferred again.
The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) in Venice will host a distinct human rights program this summer:
The inaugural session of the Venice Academy of Human Rights will take place from 12-17 July.
Confirmed speakers include
Jochen Abr. Frowein, Former director of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg
Douglas A. Johnson, Executive Director of the Center for Victims of Torture, Minneapolis
Theodor Meron (Judge and Former President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia),
Manfred Nowak, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture
Giorgio Sacerdoti, Former Member of the WTO Appellate Body
Kathryn Sikkink, McKnight Presidential Chair in Political Science at the University of Minnesota
Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor at Harvard University
The Academy offers interdisciplinary thematic programs open to academics, practitioners and Ph.D./J.S.D. students from anywhere in the world who have an advanced knowledge of human rights. It is open to a maximum of only 50 participants who attend the morning lectures in the plenum and will be divided in smaller groups for more intensive afternoon seminars.
For further information please visit: www.eiuc.org/veniceacademy
Deadline for applications is 31 May 2010.
OTJR has recently produced a new debate series on International Justice In Africa: http://www.csls.ox.ac.uk/otjr.php?show=currentDebate10.
12 April 2010 by Tim Kelsall
As the ICC Review Conference nears, it is time to consider how best to create a form of international criminal justice that is culturally and socially appropriate in non-Western settings.
19 March 2010 by Sara Darehshori and Elizabeth Evenson
This paper argues that justice initiatives, and the ICC’s work in particular, do not seriously impede peace processes. The paper shows instead that remaining firm on justice yields short- and long-term benefits that contribute toward peacebuilding.
15 March 2010 by Adam Branch
10 March 2010 by Andrew Iliff
10 March 2010 by Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai
10 March 2010 by Valentina Torricelli
10 March 2010 by by Comfort Ero
10 March 2010 by Okechukwu Oko
10 March 2010 by Lionel Nichols
10 March 2010 by Larry May
10 March 2010 by Lydiah Kemunto-Bosire
ICC Prosecutor Begins Kenya Probe (Al Jazeera English, 05/08/10)
The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at The Hague has arrived in the Kenyan capital to lead investigations into the country’s 2007-08 post-election violence.
Luis Moreno-Ocampo landed in Nairobi on Saturday for a five-day visit, during which he is expected to meet victims of the unrest as well as various segments of Kenyan society.
“As promised, I will meet the victims, listen to them, understand their views and concerns,” Moreno-Ocampo said in a statement on the ICC’s website.