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International law news is a Peace Palace Library news service on topics of International Law. The library is not responsible for the content of outside sources.

  • Bachelet Rejects The Hague’s Authority in Bolivia Sea Access Case

    July 9, 2014

    President of Chile Michelle Bachelet announced on Monday evening that her administration will challenge the authority of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to rule on a lawsuit Bolivia filed against Chile to gain access to the Pacific through Chilean territory.

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  • The global war on wealth is trampling on the rights of all of us

    July 9, 2014

    There is such a tremendous distrust of the wealthy that politically ambitious prosecutors seek out opportunities for advancement rather than enforcement of the law, says Robert Amsterdam

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  • Can the new African Court truly deliver justice for serious crimes?

    July 9, 2014

    As atrocities continue to be committed across Africa, the continent’s leaders seem more concerned with their own fate before international courts than a rigorous pursuit of justice for these crimes. It is hard to fathom that in 2014, commitments to end impunity are under threat by African leaders even though the continent has been ravaged by serious crimes for decades and the Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU) rejects impunity.

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  • Legal Constraints and Cover Regarding Middle Eastern Intervention

    July 9, 2014

    President Obama has been mulling overt military action in Iraq ever since the Islamic State (IS) (formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham or ISIS) began taking swaths of territory with relative ease. The president has since deployed approximately 300 military advisors, who despite their misleading moniker, are combat-ready troops. In addition, the president has also recently decided to send 200 more troops bringing the total US troop level in Iraq to 775. President Obama maintains the increased number is to protect the United States embassy while the previous deployment of military advisors was to collect intelligence from the ground in order to make better-informed decisions regarding future action.

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  • Judgment by the Court of Arbitration: Victory for international law

    July 9, 2014

    THE Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague officially conveyed the result to both parties on 7th July. The judgment is final and cannot be appealed against.

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  • Nepal: Fix Flawed Truth, Reconciliation Act

    July 9, 2014

    The Nepal government should act immediately to fix crucial flaws in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Act, particularly those highlighted in a new United Nations evaluation, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists said today.

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  • Donziger Appeal: Judge Kaplan Allowed Corrupt Witness Testimony, Violated International Law and Stretched RICO Past “Breaking Point”

    July 9, 2014

    U.S. Judge Lewis A. Kaplan stretched the RICO statute beyond its “breaking point,” committed reversible error by accepting corrupt witness testimony, disregarded the overwhelming scientific evidence of Chevron’s contamination in Ecuador, and unlawfully interfered with a final decision from another nation’s Supreme Court when he imposed an injunction in favor of the oil company in a two-decade dispute with rainforest villagers over widespread oil contamination, according to a 120-page appeal filed by New York attorney Steven Donziger that asks the Second Circuit to vacate the judge’s decision

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  • Exporting the Preemptive Prosecution Model: AG Holder on Countering the Syrian Foreign Fighter Threat

    July 9, 2014

    Attorney General Holder gave an important speech in Oslo today, highlighting the threat posed by “foreign fighters” in Syria who may one day return to Europe or the United States.

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  • Maasai Protest Aginst New Land Concessions For Geothermal Extraction In Kenya

    July 8, 2014

    Geothermal energy, when compared to other sources of power generation like coal and oil, is generally considered to be environmentally friendly. While there are some negative environmental impacts to harnessing the Earth’s natural heat sources1,perhaps this is the reason the Kenya Government has embarked on a major exploratory process in the Rift Valley to harness the potential of massive geothermal deposits. The prospects from south to north include: Lake Magadi, Suswa, Longonot, Olkaria, Eburru, Badlands, Menengai, Arus Bogoria, Lake Baringo,Korosi, Paka, Silali, Emuruangogolak, Namarunu and Barrier2.

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  • High Court injunction blocks handover of 153 asylum seekers to Sri Lanka

    July 8, 2014

    The High Court has granted an interim injunction to block the handover of 153 asylum seekers to Sri Lanka, just hours after the Government confirmed another vessel had been returned.

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