• British AG defends IRA ‘letters of comfort’

    - février 27, 2014

    Letters telling nearly 200 members of the IRA, including Sinn Féin’s John Downey, that they were not wanted for prosecution were not “an infringement of the rule of law”,
    British attorney general Dominic Grieve told the Commons yesterday.

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  • 15 year anniversary of NATO aggression on Yugoslavia

    - février 27, 2014

    In March 1999, at the direction of the United States of America, NATO engaged in its first act of illegal aggressive war, beginning what can only be called the “dark age of intervention” in which we are living today.

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  • Principles of treaty interpretation in WTO law – I

    - février 27, 2014

    An important issue for the WTO tribunal (Dispute Settlement Body: DSB) is how to interpret the trade agreements under WTO. The dispute is generally rooted in conflicting understanding of the provisions of the agreement. The application of the Vienna Convention (VCLT) has often been incorporated particularly in the Law of Treaties and through it into GATT law as a guide for interpretation. Whether or not the VCLT applies to the old GATT is not clear since it is uncertain whether it was, in fact, a binding treaty. However, in international law the WTO agreements are treated like any other treaty.

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  • Reparations: The pursuit of justice, not compensation

    - février 27, 2014

    Slavery was an injustice to Africans, our foreparents, to us and our children and their children and their children’s children. We were forced into a life of “unrequited justice” (Janna Thompson, 2001) where we “were classified in law as non-human, chattel, property and real estate” (Professor Hilary Beckles in Jamaica Observer). We must, therefore, as a people, seek to correct “this malady called injustice” (Jermaine McAlpin) through reparations.

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  • International court should rule on Israeli “apartheid,” says UN official

    - février 27, 2014

    In his final report before completing his role as UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Richard Falk gives a damning overview of Israel’s violations of the rights of the Palestinian people.

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  • The Politics of Global Justice

    - février 27, 2014

    During the waning days of South Africa’s apartheid era, Judge Richard Goldstone led a series of investigations that exposed the human rights abuses committed by his own country’s security forces, and quite likely headed off a full-blown civil war in the process. He then went on to serve as chief prosecutor for two international war crimes tribunals – one for the former Yugoslavia, the other for Rwanda. In early December, Judge Goldstone spoke with California Lawyer editor Martin Lasden. Here are edited excerpts from that videotaped discussion.

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  • Why Are China and Japan Inching Toward War Over Five Tiny Islands?

    - février 26, 2014

    Japan has the law on its side, but China doesn’t care.

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  • The Power of Parliamentarians in Abolishing Nuclear Weapons

    - février 26, 2014

    At first glance, the elimination of nuclear weapons appears to be a hopeless case. The Conference on Disarmament in Geneva has been paralyzed for many years. The Non-Proliferation Treaty is in crisis. The major nuclear weapons states refuse to enter into comprehensive negotiations for nuclear disarmament and are even boycotting international meetings designed to put world attention on the “catastrophic humanitarian consequences” of the use of nuclear weapons. The nuclear weapons states are giving the back of their hand to the rest of the world. Not a cheery outlook.

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  • Europe’s crackdown on shell firms puts spotlight on Africa

    - février 26, 2014

    The chickens are quietly coming home to roost. In Europe, that is.

    For a long time, multinational companies have created shell companies – those offices where, beyond furniture and a teapot, there is hardly any business going on – to mainly pay lower tax and move illicit funds.

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  • Return To Sender. Why Ukraine’s ousted president won’t be tried in The Hague.

    - février 26, 2014

    For the last few days, Ukraine’s parliament has been hurriedly wiping away the last vestiges of Victor Yanukovych’s presidency. Now many parliamentarians would like to ship Yanukovych himself off to The Hague for trial. On Tuesday, parliament voted to ask the International Criminal Court (ICC) to try the former president and two of his associates for the killing of several dozen protesters during recent protests and street violence. “If we don’t take this decision, we will not move forward,” one deputy argued.

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