Legal news from Tuesday, March 11, 2003
21:03 EDT

[JURIST] Philippe Kirsch of Canada was chosen as President of the International Criminal Court by the Court's newly-sworn judges at its inauguration at The Hague Tuesday. Judge Kirsch is a former Canadian diplomat and Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Establishment of the International Criminal Court [official website]. In [read more]

21:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Lawyers Committee for Human Rights [advocacy website] sent a letter to US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld Tuesday expressing "grave concerns" over allegations of US mistreatment of security detainees: We urge you to address these issues personally and publicly by making clear the unambiguous US prohibition against all [read more]

20:03 EDT

[JURIST] Twenty-six countries and international organizations [speakers list, PDF] addressed the UN Security Council Tuesday at an open session on Iraq. Watch recorded video or review a printed summary of remarks from the UN. More countries [speakers list, PDF] are scheduled to speak when the open session resumes Wednesday afternoon [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] A joint report on minority rights in Kosovo issued Tuesday by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official website] and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) [official website] says that despite progress, problems of discrimination in the UN-administered territory [UN Mission in Kosovo website] remain. [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The French Embassy in Washington has posted an English translation of French President Jacques Chirac's interview Monday evening on French TV - the French-language broadcast version of which was featured yesterday in JURIST's Paper Chase - in which he said that France would veto a US-UK resolution authorizing force [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Michael Mukasey's Tuesday ruling [PDF text] reaffirming his December holding [PDF text] that "dirty bomber" Jose Padilla - currently detained by the United States as an "enemy combatant" - be allowed to consult with counsel is now available online from the US Southern District of New [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law hosted a panel discussion March 7 on Iraq, the UN, and the threat of war. Streaming video is now available. [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Stanford Law School's Larry Lessig [Lessig Blog] breaks a long silence [Lessig Blog post] on his blog now that Eldred v. Ashcroft is finally over, the Supreme Court Monday having refused a petition to rehear [PDF text] (the subject, by the way, of a somewhat critical assessment by DC [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice [official website] Tuesday rejected a German law student's claim that Germany's compulsory military conscription of young men, and not women, breached EU job equality law. Alexander Dory had argued that military service had a discriminatory impact because mens' careers were delayed, while those of [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Frustrated with the continuing debate on Miguel Estrada and declaring that the "judicial confirmation process is broken," President Bush sent a letter Tuesday to Senate leaders Bill Frist and Tom Daschle asking Senators of both parties to come together and "take action, including adoption of a permanent rule, to [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] announced Tuesday that it has agreed to a partial settlement of its insider trading civil suit against former ImClone Systems Inc. chief executive Samuel Waksal under which Waksal would be barred from acting as an officer of any publicly traded company and [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of the US DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that it had no jurisdiction to hear claims of unlawful detention brought by 16 Afghan war detainees - including two Britons and two Australians - held without access to lawyers or their families at the US Navy [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's statement to the inaugural meeting of the judges of the International Criminal Court at The Hague Tuesday in now online from the UN. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira de Mello also issued a statement. [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] New online Tuesday in JURIST's Forum op-ed series: UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Hans Corell, who's heading to Phnom Penh this week, says that any Cambodian crimes court has to be set up in such a way as to guarantee its impartiality, independence and credibility. Read Justice for the [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court is officially inaugurated today at The Hague. The Court has a brand new website, which will carry streaming video of the inauguration ceremony - including the swearing-in of the judges by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan - live beginning at about 8:30 AM ET (14:30 [read more]

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