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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.

  • Western Sahara: 39 Years of Madrid Accords Signing

    November 17, 2014

    This Friday marks 39 years of the signing of the infamous Madrid Accords among Spain, Morocco and Mauritania of Ould Dadah. Under the agreement, the Saharawi people was divided into those who remained under occupation and those who fled under bombardment of the Moroccan aviation to find a safe refuge in the Saharawi refugee camps in Algeria.

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  • The “status quo” on the Temple Mount

    November 17, 2014

    The status of the Temple Mount and the “status quo” practiced there has in recent months figured prominently in the religious-political discourse in the region. This discourse, both on the diplomatic and the public level, is not held in a vacuum: since July 2, 2014, an upsurge in violence has been occurring in Jerusalem, and clashes between Palestinian rioters and the Israeli police has intensified.

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  • The Siege of Julian Assange is a Farce

    November 17, 2014

    The siege of Knightsbridge is a farce. For two years, an exaggerated, costly police presence around the Ecuadorean embassy in London has served no purpose other than to flaunt the power of the state. Their quarry is an Australian charged with no crime, a refugee from gross injustice whose only security is the room given him by a brave South American country. His true crime is to have initiated a wave of truth-telling in an era of lies, cynicism and war.

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  • Kangaroo Court Justice for Hassan Diab

    November 17, 2014

    On November 13, 2008, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) unjustly arrested Diab. In connection with a 1980 Paris synagogue bombing. A crime he had nothing to do with. At the time, France’s Le Figaro newspaper cited unnamed 2007 sources. Saying Diab led “the small commando team responsible for the attack…” Despite no verifiable evidence proving it.

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  • St. Kitts and St. Eustatius maritime boundary issue settled

    November 14, 2014

    Agreement has been reached on a maritime boundary between St. Kitts and the Dutch island of St. Eustatius, but talks with France in relation to St. Barts to continue.

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  • Plan to refuse jihadists re-entry to UK breaches citizenship laws, say critics

    November 14, 2014

    David Cameron’s plan to ban suspected British jihadists who travel abroad to fight from re-entering the UK for up to two years will lead to them being made de facto stateless and faces being struck down by the courts, human rights campaigners have said.

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  • Tar sands battle comes to Northern Minnesota

    November 14, 2014

    The growing battle to halt the development of the Canadian tar sands is headed for a federal courtroom in Minnesota.

    A coalition of organizations, including national and northern Minnesota-based groups have joined forces in a legal action to head off what they claim is an end-around of federal law by Enbridge, a major pipeline operator in the state.

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  • Historic Comet Landing Highlights Space Law Mission

    November 14, 2014

    The Philae probe’s touchdown Nov. 12 on the surface of a comet more than 300 million miles away gives added purpose to the mission of Nebraska’s space law experts.

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  • Safe Harbor on trial in the European Union

    November 14, 2014

    The Safe Harbor framework is an agreement between the U.S. and the E.U. that allows U.S. companies to lawfully transfer a wide variety of personal data – from IP addresses to employment information – without clashing with E.U. data protection laws. The framework was established to help overcome differences in how user privacy is protected on either side of the Atlantic. To do so, U.S. companies voluntarily adhere to a set of principles under the supervision of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

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  • Spain’s Unfinished Revolution and Its Minorities

    November 14, 2014

    Spain’s deeply rooted distrust of popular participation in democratic processes is reminiscent of the swift, top-down transition some forty years ago. As such, it is a painful reminder of Spain’s unfinished revolution.

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