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Academic Commentary
8 Oct 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Roland Adjovi, Academic Director of the Arcadia Center for East African Studies says that while the Kenyan vote to withdraw from the ICC masks the greater danger of polarization in Africa opposing much needed applications of international law ... On September 5, 2013, the Kenya Parliament adopted … [read more]

Legal News
12 Nov 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly (UNGA) [official website] on Monday elected 18 countries [press release], including the US, to a three-year term on the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] beginning January 1. The secret ballot election was held at the UN headquarters in New York, and the following UNGA … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] South African politician Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Monday was elected the first female leader of the African Union (AU) [official website; JURIST news archive]. Dlamini-Zuma, 63, is the South African Minister of Home Affairs. She was voted into office [AP report] on Sunday evening after she successfully challenged the incumbent … [read more]

Academic Commentary
20 Mar 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Curtis Doebbler, professor of law at Webster University and Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, both in Geneva, Switzerland, says the UN Security Council and the military coalition in Libya acted in contravention of international law in its use of force against Libya.... On 19 March … [read more]

Legal News
9 Nov 2010
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] The French Court of Cassation [official website, in French] ruled Tuesday that an investigation into assets obtained in France by three African leaders can proceed. The initial complaint [AP report] in the case, filed by anti-corruption groups Transparency International (TI) and SHERPA [advocacy websites], accused the late Omar Bongo … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jun 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Gabon police arrested Rwandan doctor Jean-Chrysostome Ndindabahizi [INTERPOL warrant] on charges of conspiracy to commit genocide, crimes against humanity and murder in connection to the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder, JURIST news archive], according to Rwandan National Public Prosecution Authority [official website] spokesperson Augustin Nkusi on Thursday. Witnesses say … [read more]

Legal News
29 Oct 2009
by Megan McKee

[JURIST] The Paris Court of Appeals on Thursday refused to hear an embezzlement case brought by the anti-corruption group Transparency International (TI) [official website] against the late president of Gabon, the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and the president of Equatorial Guinea. The complaint [BBC report] accused … [read more]

Legal News
13 Oct 2009
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Gabon upheld on Monday the presidential election victory of Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba [BBC Profile]. Bongo, former minister of defence and foreign affairs and of son of long-time Gabonese president Omar Bongo [BBC Profile], received over 40 percent of the vote, but was accused of … [read more]

Legal News
21 May 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] The 47-member UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] held elections [materials] for 15 open seats Wednesday, with four seats going to countries that have been harshly criticized by human rights groups. In a report [PDF text] to the UNHRC, Freedom House [advocacy website; press release] and UN Watch … [read more]

Legal News
30 Sep 2005
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] Joseph Serugendo, the former technical director of a Rwandan radio station that promoted the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder], pleaded not guilty Friday to five counts [indictment, PDF] of genocide and crimes against humanity at the UN-backed International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [official website]. ICTR prosecutors allege that Serugendo … [read more]

Legal News
26 Sep 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] Joseph Serugendo, the former Technical Chief of Rwanda's Radio Télévision Libre des Milles Collines (RTLM) [Wikipedia backgrounder], nicknamed “Radio Machete” for inciting its listeners to commit murder, has been transferred to a United Nations detention facility in Tanzania [UN report; International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) press release] after … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jan 2005
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's international brief, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez [official website in Spanish] issued a presidential decree Tuesday creating a presidential and national land commission to implement the provisions of Venezuela's four year old land reform law. The law, called Plan Zamora [Wikipedia article], focuses on breaking up the large … [read more]

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