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International Criminal Court: Prosecutor Declares It Lacks Jurisdiction to Determine Whether Palestine Is a State

(Apr. 13, 2012) On April 3, 2012, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court issued a decision holding that the OTP lacks jurisdiction to investigate alleged international crimes committed within the Palestinian territories. (Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, Situation in Palestine (Apr. 3, 2012).) On January 22, 2009, the […]

Pakistan: Senate Passes Bill on Establishing a National Commission on Human Rights

(Mar. 23, 2012) On March 9, 2012, the upper chamber of Pakistan's Parliament unanimously passed the National Commission on Human Rights Bill, 2012, which will establish a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) for Pakistan. (National Commission on Human Rights Bill (2011).) The bill was initially introduced in Pakistan's National Assembly, the lower chamber of the […]

Pakistan: Supreme Court Initiates Proceedings Against Prime Minister

(Jan. 25, 2012) On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice was issued in response to the failure of the current government to implement the Court's ruling […]

Bangladesh: Islamist Opposition Leader Arrested

(Jan. 17, 2012) The former head of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party in Bangladesh, Ghulam Azam, was arrested on January 11, 2012, after the International Criminal Tribunal in Bangladesh (ICT) refused to grant his request for anticipatory bail. Defense counsel had submitted a petition arguing that the accused should be granted the request due to his […]

European Court of Human Rights; United Kingdom: Use of Conditional Fee Agreements Seen as Violation of European Convention on Human Rights

(Jan. 24, 2011) On January 18, 2010, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), in MGN Limited v UK (application 39401/04) delivered a landmark decision criticizing Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs) as currently regulated under the law of the United Kingdom. The Court found that the recovery of “success fees” from the loser over and above […]