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Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A Hungarian court on Thursday acquitted [press release, in Hungarian] 15 employees of the Mal Corp for their role in the toxic red sludge spill that killed 10 people in 2010 after a reservoir burst. The spill, which was one of the worst environmental disasters of the nation, with … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Thursday opened the confirmation of charges hearing against accused Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen [ICC materials]. This is the first major hearing for a leader of the LRA, and groups such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] have … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] on Friday requested a three-month extension to gather evidence to confirm charges against Dominic Ongwen [BBC profile]. The former Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [State Department backgrounder] commander made his first appearance [JURIST report] before the ICC at the … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2015
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Slovakia held a referendum on Saturday asking voters to decide whether marriage can only be a union between a man and a woman. The vote will also determine other rights for same-sex couples [DW report], such as the right to adopt a child and participate in sexual health education. … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Uganda's attorney general on Monday assured the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] that the government will cooperate in the trial of rebel commander Dominic Ongwen [BBC profile]. The former Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [State Department backgrounder] commander made his first appearance [JURIST report] before the ICC last week. … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Former Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [State Department backgrounder] commander Dominic Ongwen on Monday made his first appearance [press release] before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. The pre-trial hearing was brief as Ongwen simply had to confirm his identity and that he clearly understood the charges against him. … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday urged renewed efforts [press release] to arrest militia leader and accused war criminal Joseph Kony [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The statement came after the announcement of the ICC taking legal custody [JURIST report] of former … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Sunday reported [press release] that the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] took legal custody of former commander of Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) Dominic Ongwen in Central African Republic's capital Bangui last week. AI believes that transferring Ongwen to the ICC is a … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] After days of discussions, the Ugandan military decided on Tuesday to send Dominic Ongwen [BBC profile], a rebel leader with the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [State Department backgrounder], to trial in the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The ICC has sought … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Ugandan army on Wednesday confirmed that top Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen is now in the custody of US forces. Ongwen, the second-in-command of the rebel militia group headed by alleged Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], surrendered himself [AFP report] on … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jun 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Slovakia National Council [official website, in Slovak] amended the country's constitution [text] on Wednesday to specifically define marriage [legislative materials, in Slovak] as the unique bond between one man and one woman. Of the 123 members of Slovakia's parliament that voted on the measure, only 18 voted against … [read more]


Professional Commentary
23 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Eric Leonard, the Henkel Family Chair in International Affairs at Shenandoah University, argues that President Obama's recently issued memorandum regarding US troops in Mali represents a step backwards in the US-ICC relationship...Just when things appeared to be taking a positive and constructive turn in the sometimes tumultuous … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The Central African Republic (CAR) [CIA backgrounder] government on Thursday said that accused war criminal Joseph Kony [BBC backgrounder] has been speaking with CAR President Michel Djotodia [BBC backgrounder] about negotiating a surrender. Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] for 12 counts … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

Of the 139 states that signed the Rome Statute, 32 have not yet ratified the treaty. According to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties [PDF], a state that has signed but not ratified a treaty is obliged to refrain from "acts which would defeat the object and purpose" … [read more]


Professional Commentary
24 Jan 2013

JURIST Guest Columnists Richard Dicker and Elizabeth Evenson of the Human Rights Watch argue that the efficacy of the International Criminal Court depends upon international efforts to apprehend criminals...The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been in business for a decade and faces plenty of hurdles in delivering justice for the … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Wednesday urged [statement] nations around the globe to carry out the rulings made by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder]. Speaking before 500 high-level officials at a ceremony for the tenth anniversary of the ICC, Ban praised the court … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2012
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged [press release] the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] on Monday to improve its impact and stimulate cooperation amongst the international community as the court enters its second decade. HRW not only emphasized the importance for ICC member countries to … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2012
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The World Bank [official website] announced [press release] Friday that former International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [JURIST news archive] will audit an investigation conducted by the Anti-Corruption Commission of Bangladesh (ACC) [official website] into whether there are corrupt officials involved in the Padma Multipurpose Bridge … [read more]


Academic Commentary
2 Jul 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist David Scheffer of the Northwestern University School of Law says that although the US is not an official member of the International Criminal Court, it can nonetheless promote international justice through strengthening its unofficial ties to the organization...The US has become a de facto member of the … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] submitted a report [materials] on Wednesday to the UN Security Council [official website] concerning the situation of children affected by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in Uganda. The report concluded that the LRA still poses a threat [UN … [read more]

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