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Legal News
17 Sep 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment; press release] 13-4 on Tuesday that the UK did not violate international law in regards to the capture and detention of Iraqi national Tarek Hassan. Hassan was captured in 2003 by UK forces and detained at Camp Bucca … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jan 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) and the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) [advocacy websites] on Sunday filed a formal complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] alleging that UK government and military officials engaged in "systematic" war crimes during the war in Iraq. According to … [read more]

Professional Commentary
3 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Eric Leonard, the Henkel Family Chair in International Affairs at Shenandoah University, says that Archbishop Desmond Tutu's statements regarding the prosecution of George W. Bush and Tony Blair serve as an ardent call for advancement towards a truly universal system of justice...While Archbishop Desmond Tutu's recent call … [read more]

Student Commentary
13 Sep 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Jesse Oppenheim, Brooklyn Law School Class of 2013, offers legal context to Archbishop Desmond Tutu's recent opinion in The Observer...On August 28, word leaked out that Archbishop Desmond Tutu had pulled out of an international summit in South Africa because he refused to share a platform with … [read more]

Legal News
6 Sep 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] During the administration of former US president George W. Bush [JURIST news archive], the US government tortured opponents of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] and transferred them to Libya, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] announced in a report [PDF] released Wednesday. The report, … [read more]

Legal News
2 Sep 2012
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu [backgrounder] on Sunday called [Observer op-ed] for former US president George W. Bush and former UK prime minister Tony Blair [JURIST news archives] to stand trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] for their roles in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. … [read more]

Professional Commentary
10 Mar 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Reed Brody, Counsel and Spokesperson for Human Rights Watch, argues that to secure justice for Hissène Habré's victims, the International Court of Justice must force Senegal to adhere to its international obligations and extradite the former Chadian dictator...The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has set arguments to … [read more]

Legal News
22 Nov 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] The South African National Assembly (NA) [official website] passed a controversial state secrets [JURIST news archive] bill on Tuesday designed to protect state secrets related to national security. The African National Congress (ANC) [party website], which holds a majority in the NA, was responsible for pushing the legislation through … [read more]

Legal News
2 Sep 2009
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] A Finnish court on Tuesday began the trial of former Rwandan pastor Francois Bazaramba, accused of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder]. Bazaramba has denied charges of involvement in the genocide as well as the 15 counts of murder against him. On Tuesday, he petitioned [YLE report] … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jul 2009
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] Sweden will become the first European Union (EU) nation to extradite a Rwandan to his native country so that he can stand trial for his alleged role in Rwanda's 1994 genocide [HRW backgrounder], Swedish Justice Minister Beatrice Ask [official profile] announced Thursday. The announcement comes in response to a … [read more]

Legal News
16 Mar 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] A group of 16 human rights investigators and judges "shocked to the core" by the events during the most recent Gaza conflict [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] have called for a full investigation of possible violations of the Geneva Conventions [link to texts] in an open letter [text] addressed … [read more]

Professional Commentary
23 Sep 2008

Corlett Letlojane [Director, Human Rights Institute of South Africa]: "First and foremost, many people are saddened by the unceremonious departure of the President of South Africa, when his term of office is only ending in April 2008. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who chairs the group known as The Elders, is … [read more]

Academic Commentary
15 Jul 2008

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law says that even though the recent indictment of sitting Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir by the prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes in Darfur might appear to provide a precedent for indicting US President George … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jun 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu [Nobel Prize profile] said [backgrounder] Wednesday that the US Senate should quickly pass a proposed bill [S 2731 text, PDF] designed to combat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria because it would save lives and encourage other governments to increase their anti-AIDS efforts. The bill would … [read more]

Legal News
10 Dec 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] South African Archbishop and Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu [Nobel profile] Monday criticized the United States and Great Britain for detaining terror suspects without trial, describing the practice as "a huge blot on democracy". He expressed surprise at the ease with which people had accepted government assertions that the indefinite … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 Aug 2007

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law says that the execution of "Chemical Ali" for the Anfal genocide against the Iraqi Kurds should be postponed so that his role in subsequent cases exploring other atrocities can be fully explored... Ali Hassan al-Majid, better known in the … [read more]

Legal News
24 May 2007
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu [Nobel profile] and international NGO Oxfam [advocacy website] Thursday called on developing nations to submit proposals for a conventional weapons convention to the United Nations [official website]. Tutu urged developing nations especially to submit proposals for the convention, saying that trade in conventional weapons, especially … [read more]

Academic Commentary
29 Dec 2006

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law says that the trial of Saddam Hussein for genocide of the Kurds should continue posthumously, notwithstanding his execution for crimes against humanity in Dujail... The execution of Saddam Hussein by hanging today in Baghdad could bring to a close … [read more]

Academic Commentary
5 Nov 2006

JURIST Guest Columnist Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law says that the trials of Saddam Hussein should continue and his death sentence in the Dujail case should be stayed at least until two other key proceedings against him are completed... Saddam Hussein has been sentenced to death by … [read more]

Legal News
24 Oct 2006
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Fifteen Nobel Peace Prize laureates sent a letter [text] to United Nations [official website] member states Tuesday urging the UN General Assembly to explore an arms-trade treaty. The letter signers said they believe it "imperative for humanity that the number of deaths caused by firearms be reduced." They recommended … [read more]

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