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  • UN Security Council Visits The International Court of Justice

    August 14, 2014

    On Monday, August 11, 2014, The United Nations Security Council paid a visit to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judic…ial organ of the United Nations, at the Peace Palace, in The Hague, seat to the Court. The visit consisted of a private meeting between the Security Council and the ICJ President, Mr. Peter Tomka, Members of the Court and registrar, during which views were exchanged on a number of issues including the importance of international justice, the role of the Court, as well as other matters of mutual interest.

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  • United Nations Security Council Statement on Syria

    August 4, 2011

    Yesterday, August 3, The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) issued a presidential statement in which it for the first time condemned the mass human rights abuses and use of force by the Syrian government against its population. The statement called for an end to the violence by all parties involved. Syria has been troubled by […]

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  • Libya and the International Criminal Court (ICC)

    March 14, 2011

    On February 16th 2011- following a wave of uprisings throughout the Middle-East- Libya experienced a so-called Day of Rage which led to protests breaking out to challenge Colonel Muammar Qadhafi’s 41 year old iron rule- the region’s longest. This blog will briefly discuss the actions taken by the United Nations Security Council and the ICC in response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Libya.

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  • The Influence of NGOs on International Law

    November 9, 2010

    From a traditional point of view, International Public Law has been understood as a set of rules produced by states in order to regulate relations between them. Since the end of the Cold War, the role of NGOs in international law is growing in importance and their activities are reaching the remotest parts of the world. In this blog, I will briefly discuss how NGOs have transformed international law as well as how they continue to contribute to the development of international law.

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  • The First Review Conference of the ICC Statute & the Crime of Aggression Part II

    July 12, 2010

    After two weeks of intense debates and years of preparatory work by the Special Working Group on the Crime of Aggression, the Review Conference of the Rome Statute adopted by consensus amendments to the Rome Statute which includes a definition of the Crime of Aggression and determined how the Court will exercise its jurisdiction over the crime.

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  • The First Review of the ICC Statute and the Crime of Aggression

    May 7, 2010

    From May 31st until June 11th 2010, state parties to the International Criminal Court (ICC) will meet in Kampala, Uganda for the first Review Conference of the Rome Statute. One of the most important issues on the agenda is the legal definition of the crime of aggression. This blog will discuss some of the legal complexities in finding an international consensus on the definition of this crime.

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  • What Future for Western Sahara ?

    April 26, 2010

    There is no prospect of resolving the decades-old conflict between Morocco and the Sahrawi independence movement Polisario on the future of Western Sahara. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, came to this conclusion in a gloomy report, dated 6 April 2010, to the Security Council. Ban Ki-moon reported that “it is clear […]

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  • North Korea Confirms Nuclear Test

    North Korea Confirms Nuclear Test

    May 25, 2009

    North Korea has conducted its second nuclear test, the country’s state news agency KCNA announced today. The nuclear test was expected. Earlier this year North Korea conducted a failed intercontinental missile test.

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  • Al-Bashir Arrest Warrant!

    February 13, 2009

    On Thursday, 12 February, the International Criminal Court (ICC) informed the media that no decision had yet been taken by the Pre-Trial Chamber on last year’s application of Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo for an arrest warrant against the Sudanese President, Omar Hassan al-Bashir. The statement came in reaction to an article in the New York Times on Wednesday that the ICC had actually decided to issue the arrest warrant for al –Bashir.

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  • Peace and Justice!

    August 2, 2008

    On Thursday, 31 July, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 1828 (2008) renewing the mandate of UNAMID, the UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur, for another year (resolution [PDF] and meeting record S/PV.5947 [PDF]).

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