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Legal News
25 May 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] United Nations [official website] Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag on Monday, urged [press release] leaders in Lebanon to end their political divisions in order to pick a new president, warning that the year-long debate over the matter had "undermined Lebanon's ability to address the growing security, economic and social challenges … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief, Heiner Bielefeldt [official profile, PDF], on Thursday praised [press release] Lebanon's tradition of religious tolerance in a region plagued by religious fanaticism as a "ray of hope." Bielefeldt attributes Lebanon's success in preserving peace to the learned practice of coexisting … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The trial of four Hezbollah [START backgrounder] members accused of perpetrating a terrorist attack that killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] and 21 others in 2005 began [press release] Thursday before the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website; UN backgrounder].The trial … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The pre-trial judge for the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website; UN backgrounder] on Monday transferred [press release] the case files for Ayyash et al. [case materials] to the trial chamber, marking the start of the transition to the trial phase. Four Hezbollah [CFR backgrounder] militants were … [read more]


Legal News
10 Oct 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website; UN backgrounder] on Thursday indicted [text, PDF; press release] Hassan Merhi on charges including terrorism and intentional homicide in a 2005 truck bombing that killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and 21 others. Merhi … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

Although the ICC's name implies exclusivity, it is one of many international criminal tribunals. Several permanent international tribunals dealing in civil matters have also developed, ranging from the Permanent Court of Arbitration to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body. … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

The international response to the crisis in Syria has been mixed since the conflict began in 2011. While Assad maintains some international support, much of the world has condemned his regime's response to the protests against his regime since the early days of the conflict. The UN has attempted to … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A pre-trial judge for the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon [official website; UN backgrounder] on Thursday delayed the trial [decision, PDF, in French] of four Hezbollah [CFR backgrounder] militants charged with the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Counsel for … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jan 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US supports efforts in Lebanon to implement parliamentary elections, and encourages a timely and transparent election process, according to a statement [press release] made Monday by Ambassador Maura Connelly [official profile]. The statement was made after the ambassador met with President of the Chamber of Deputies Speaker Nabih … [read more]


Academic Commentary
12 Nov 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Gregory Gordon of the University of North Dakota School of Law and Benjamin Brockman-Hawe of the Bosman Law Firm say that some measure of justice could be brought to the conflict in Syria by amending the statute for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon...Well over one year into … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website] on Monday confirmed [order materials] its jurisdiction over the trials of the assassins of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The defense counsel for the four accused, Salim Ayyash, Mustafa Badreddine, Hussein Oneissi and Assad … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Trial Chamber of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website] on Wednesday upheld [decision, PDF] the decision to try four accused assassins of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] in absentia. The Chamber rejected the defense motion [motion, PDF] that challenged the … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday held the first hearing on its jurisdiction and the legality of its creation. The defense lawyer for Mustafa Badreddine [STL profile], one of the four men wanted by the court for the assassination of former Lebanese … [read more]


Legal News
23 Feb 2012
by Katherine Getty

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile] on Tuesday extended the mandate for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website; JURIST news archive] for the next three years. The independent tribunal was set up by the Lebanese government to try the suspected perpetrators of the 2005 assassination of former … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Four accused assassins of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri will be tried in absentia, a UN tribunal said Wednesday. The UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) said Wednesday that after considering the efforts taken by the prosecution and the authorities to apprehend the suspects, they would move forward with … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] underscored his commitment to Lebanon's security and sovereignty [press release; transcript] on Friday. Ban Ki-moon stated: "This is a critical moment in the region. It is a time for meaningful change; time to stop the violence and end injustice; time to give people … [read more]


Professional Commentary
3 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Niccolò Pons, Assistant Legal Officer of the Pre-Trial Chambers of the International Criminal Court, says that there are many obstacles for the Lebanese court both in obtaining and carrying out a trial in absentia, but that it can still be an effective tool in furthering international justice … [read more]


Legal News
30 Nov 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Wednesday announced that the country has made the payment required to help fund the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website; JURIST news archive], which has been tasked with investigating the assassination of a Lebanese statesman. According to Mikati, Lebanon transferred the … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] President of the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website; JURIST news archive] Judge David Baragwanath [official website] on Monday issued a statement [text] defending his program following a visit to Lebanon. Tribunal Vice President Judge Ralph Riachi [official website] accompanied Baragwanath on the visit, where they saw … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Prosecutors at the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website] urged the judge Friday to wait to commence the trial in absentia [press release] of four Hezbollah members indicted for killing former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The STL has faced great difficulty … [read more]

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