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Legal News
10 Jul 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Israel has decided to open a dialogue with the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on an investigation into Israel's conduct in the Gaza Strip last summer according to a Thursday report [Haaretz report] by Israeli newspaper Haaretz. An unnamed Israeli official told Haaretz that the ICC has no … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Palestine became the 123rd state party [press release] to the Rome Statute Wednesday, officially joining the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. The Rome Statute of the ICC was signed and submitted [JURIST report] by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [official profile] in January. A ceremony Wednesday included many ICC … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday opened a probe into potential war crimes in Palestinian territories. The probe is the first step toward opening an investigation of both Palestine and Israel relating to the Gaza war [CBS backgrounder] last summer, … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Thursday rejected [decision; press release] a complaint filed by Yevgeny Dzhugashvili against the Russian Novaya Gazeta [media website] newspaper for allegedly committing libel against his grandfather, Josef Stalin. The case concerns two articles published by the opposition newspaper regarding … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Jan 2015
by Victor Kattan of National University of Singapore Law Faculty

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Kattan of the National University of Singapore Law Faculty, discusses the reasons for and consequences of Palestine's accession to the ICC and considers possible scenarios for developments around the Palestine question...Israel's decision to delay transferring Palestinian customs and excise revenues to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in response … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2015
by Peter Snyder

A court in Singapore on Monday ordered blogger Roy Ngerng [blog] to pay Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong [official profile] S$29,000 (USD $21,700) in legal fees and related expenses incurred after Lee won a defamation case against Ngerng in November of last year. In May of last year Ngerng penned … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] accepted documents submitted by Palestine [press release] on Tuesday which will allow Palestine to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] in April. As a member of the ICC, Palestine will be able to bring allegations of war crimes … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Israel-based rights organization Shurat HaDin Law Center [advocacy website] announced Monday that it has filed a complaint [press release] with the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] accusing three Palestinian leaders of war crimes. The complaint brings accusations of terrorism, torture and civil rights violations against Palestinian Liberation Organization … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jan 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Israeli officials announced on Saturday that Israel will withhold the transfer of tax revenues to the government of the Palestinian Authority. The withholding of $127 million collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA) is a strategic response [Haaretz report] to Palestine's application to join the International Criminal Court … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Palestinian government officials on Friday presented [UN News Centre report] documents for accession to 16 international conventions and treaties to the UN. The documents include an adoption of the Rome Statute [text] of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website], which was signed [JURIST report] by Palestinian President Mahmoud … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jan 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [official profile] on Wednesday signed the Rome Statute [text, PDF] to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] at a meeting in Ramallah. The Rome Statute is the founding treaty of the ICC. It lists the "crimes falling within the jurisdiction of the ICC, … [read more]


Legal News
31 Dec 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Palestinian leaders will meet on Wednesday to plan actions after the UN Security Council [official website] rejected a resolution [AP report] on Tuesday to end Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories within three years. Palestinian officials said they could set a date to apply to join the International Criminal Court … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2014
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [official website] on Monday told US Secretary of State John Kerry [official website] that Palestine plans to submit a resolution for a UN Security Council [official website] statehood bid. The Palestine Liberation Organizaton [official website] specified that: The draft resolution calls for the resumption of … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process [official website] on Tuesday strongly condemned the attack on a synagogue in West Jerusalem. The Special Coordinator, Robert Serry, called on [statement, PDF] all sides to do everything possible to avoid further escalation. The attack Tuesday killed at least … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Council of Europe (COE) [official website] called on [press release] Azerbaijan Friday to halt the arrest and detention of human rights activists in the country. COE Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muiznieks [official profile], in a speech given after a two-day visit to Azerbaijan, criticized the government's actions, … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A court in Azerbaijan [official website] on Thursday upheld the pre-trial detention of top human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev. Aliyev was arrested in 2011 on charges including illegal commercial activity, tax evasion and abuse of power. Earlier this month he was jailed [BBC report] for at least three months. … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry [official website] on Sunday met [UN news centre report] with ministers of the new Palestinian unity government in the Gaza Strip. Serry's UN envoy are the first international officials to meet with the new unity government, announced by … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A Palestinian court on Wednesday announced that Mohammed Dahlan, leading rival of President Mahmoud Abbas [official website, in Arabic], has been sentenced in absentia to two years in prison, which is likely to hinder his ability to garner a leadership position in the future. Dahlan, a former Palestinian security … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Council of Europe [official website] released [press release, PDF] Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks's observations on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan on Wednesday revealing human rights issues including: freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association and the right to property. The observations follow his report … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The United Nations [official website] confirmed [UN news centre report] on Thursday that Palestinian officials have delivered letters of accession to 15 international conventions and treaties [text]. Upon signing these letters of accession, President Mahmoud Abbas [official website, in Arabic] emphasized Palestine's effort to continue negotiations with Israel, which … [read more]

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