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Legal News
27 Jan 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble

Judges for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] have approved an investigation into the 2008 Georgia/Russia [HRW profiles] conflict. Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda commented [statement] that the delay in ICC proceedings was prompted by independent investigations conducted by the governments of Georgia and Russia. Under the Rome Statute [materials], … [read more]

Legal News
9 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] said Thursday that Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is seeking to open an investigation into allegations of war crimes committed during the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict, and that the matter has been assigned [decision, PDF] to Pre-Trial Chamber I. Bensouda filed notice with the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
20 May 2015
by Larry Eaker of American University of Paris
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Larry Eaker of the American University of Paris discusses the EU's position on the Ukraine Crisis ... "United in Diversity"—The Official EU Motto The sweeping expansion of the EU over the past 20 years has seemed to hit its limits—at least for the immediate future. After absorbing … [read more]

Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Committee [official website] on Thursday released its observational findings [press release] on human rights abuses in Russia [text], concluding that Russia must repeal laws that limit free speech and permit discrimination based on sexual orientation and race. The report noted significant violations of the 1976 … [read more]

Legal News
18 Mar 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] signed a treaty Wednesday to tighten control [AP report] over the South Ossetia [BBC profile] breakaway region. The treaty calls for full integration of the South Ossetia economy and military into Russia's. The treaty further makes it easier for citizens to gain Russian … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 May 2014
by Sascha Bachmann of Bournemouth University
edited by Kenneth Hall

JURIST Guest Columnist Sascha-Dominik Bachmann of Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom argues that while their recent annexation of Crimea and apparent willingness to use military force in Eastern Ukraine, the prospect of a Ukrainian civil war has diminished the need for Russia to engage in an overt and open … [read more]

25 Mar 2014
by Neil Devlin

Ukraine is an independent nation in Eastern Europe and a former republic of the Soviet Union. In 1954, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev transferred Crimea from Russia to Ukraine. When the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991, the region remained under Ukrainian control. Ethnic Russians have continued to constitute the majority of … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jun 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] UN independent expert Chaloka Beyani [official profile] commended [press release] the government of Georgia Monday for its ongoing commitment to improving the living conditions of internally displaced people (IDPs) but called for the country to develop an integrated approach to address all waves of IDPs. Specifically, Beyani encouraged the … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jul 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] A lawmaker from the centrist political party United Russia [political website, in Russian] on Friday announced a bill that would ban the media from disclosing the ethnic backgrounds of suspects, victims and other individuals during reports on crimes and trials. The law was proposed [Moscow Times report] by State … [read more]

Legal News
1 Apr 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Friday ruled [judgment, PDF] 10-6 that it lacks jurisdiction in a case to determine whether Russia committed human rights abuses following the secession of two areas of Georgia [JURIST news archive] in the 1990s. The ICJ began … [read more]

Legal News
13 Sep 2010
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] Representatives from Russia and Georgia appeared before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] on Monday for the beginning of a hearing to determine whether the court has jurisdiction to hear allegations that Russia committed human rights abuses following the secession of two sections of Georgia [JURIST news … [read more]

Legal News
11 Mar 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] A group of delegates from the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official websites] concluded a meeting [press release] in Moscow Wednesday over Russian claims of war crimes committed by Georgia during the South Ossetia conflict [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in August 2008. … [read more]

Professional Commentary
25 Feb 2010

Thomas Nash [Coordinator, Cluster Munition Coalition]: "Future generations will remember 2010 as the year cluster bombs became illegal around the world. Following its swift ratification by 30 states, the Convention on Cluster Munitions - the most significant disarmament and humanitarian treaty in more than a decade - enters into force … [read more]

Legal News
1 Oct 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] Georgia violated international law when it shelled the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali in August 2008, according to a report [materials] released Wednesday by a European Union-backed commission. The Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia (IIFFMCG) [official website] concluded that "it is not possible to accept" … [read more]

Academic Commentary
24 Sep 2009

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Sam Sasan Shoamanesh, a legal adviser with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague and co-founder and Associate Editor of Global Brief, Canada's first international affairs magazine, says that in order for the ICC to be fully effective in protecting human rights and bringing an … [read more]

Professional Commentary
13 Aug 2009

David Satter [Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute]: "The proposed law allowing Russian troops to intervene beyond Russia's borders is meant merely to provide legal cover for possible future Russian aggression. The law, which presumably will be adopted, declares as "legal" what was already done in the case of the Russian invasion … [read more]

Legal News
10 Aug 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official website, in Russian] on Monday submitted a bill [text, in Russian] to the State Duma [official website, in Russian] that would allow Russian troops to intervene beyond Russian borders. The legislation, proposed in response to last August's South Ossetia conflict [BBC backgrounder], would allow … [read more]

Legal News
27 Mar 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) [official website] on Thursday said that it has focused on the effects of counter-terrorism efforts and global warming on human rights, as well as effective conflict resolution and the support of international institutions charged with protecting the rights in its Annual Report on Human … [read more]

Legal News
26 Feb 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The US State Department (DOS) [official website] on Wednesday released its 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices [DOS materials]. Announcing the release [Flash video; statement text], Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the new Barack Obama administration is seeking to both improve the US rights record at … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jan 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

[JURIST] Both Russia and Georgia must investigate possible violations of the laws of war [HRW press release] during and after the week-long South Ossetia conflict [BBC backgrounder] in August 2008, according to a report [text, PDF] released Friday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. The report, entitled "Up in … [read more]

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