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ICC: Court to Expand Focus to Environmental and Other Serious Crimes

(Sept. 26, 2016) On September 15, 2016, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that it will work on prosecuting environmental and other serious crimes. The announcement came in a press release and policy paper on how the Court will prioritize and select cases. By publishing the paper, described as an “internal document,” the Court hopes […]

Liberia: Amnesty for Surrender of Weapons

(Sept. 16, 2016) It was reported on September 12, 2016, that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia has issued a proclamation encouraging anyone in three of the country’s counties to surrender their small arms and light weapons. The counties are Grand Gedeh, Maryland, and River Gee, which are located along the border this West African […]

Uruguay: Arbitration Panel Affirms Enforcement of Anti-Tobacco Legislation

(Aug. 26, 2016) On July 8, 2016, an International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitration panel, meeting in Washington, D.C., decided an arbitration case filed by Philip Morris International (PMI) against the government of Uruguay in which PMI sought compensation for economic damages as a result of Uruguay’s enforcement of its anti-tobacco laws. (El Estado […]

ICC/Mali: First Guilty Plea in War Crimes Case

(Aug. 24, 2016) On August 22, 2016, Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, described as a jihadist from Mali, pleaded guilty at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to destroying historical and religious monuments, which is a war crime. He is the first person ever to plead guilty to a charge at that court. (Malian Jihadist Pleads Guilty at ICC to […]

European Union: Measures Adopted Following Brexit

(Aug. 8, 2016) Within days following the United Kingdom’s referendum vote of June 23, 2016, to withdraw from the European Union, the EU’s three main decision-making institutions — the Parliament, the Commission, and the Council — took actions in response, such as calling on the United Kingdom to start negotiations to leave the EU by triggering the withdrawal mechanism stipulated in […]

Denmark/European Court of Human Rights: Violation of Human Rights by Differentiation Among Danes for Family Reunification Purposes

(Aug. 5, 2016) On May 24, 2016, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Grand Chamber, sitting en banc, issued a ruling on the Biao v. Denmark case, finding that Denmark had violated article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights by having different rules for family reunification of Danes depending on how long […]

Cote d’Ivoire: UN Report Criticizes Handling of Rape Cases

(July 15, 2016) The United Nations Operation in the Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI), together with the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), issued a report on July 11, 2016, urging the Cote d’Ivoire to do more to prevent rape and punish perpetrators. (Jaclyn Belczyk, UN Report: Ivory Coast Should Do More to Prevent and Punish Rape, PAPER […]

ILO/UNHCR: Agreement Signed to Benefit Refugees

(July 8, 2016) On July 1, 2016, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) concluded a Memorandum of Understanding designed to promote work opportunities for refugees and others who are involuntarily displaced; the new Memorandum builds on an existing one from 1983. (Press Release, ILO, UNHCR and ILO […]

Singapore: Participation in G20 Tax Avoidance Prevention Plan

(June 22, 2016) On June 16, 2016, Singapore announced that it will participate in a tax avoidance prevention plan approved by Group of Twenty (G20) nations that was originally developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). (Marius Zaharia, Singapore to Join G20 Plan Against Tax Avoidance, JAKARTA GLOBE (June 16, 2016).) A […]

Burundi/East African Court of Justice: Case Brought on President’s Legitimacy

(June 16, 2016) On June 13, 2016, it was announced that the East African Court of Justice (EACJ), which is located in Arusha, Tanzania, will hear a case on the legitimacy of the President of Burundi’s third run for office. (Burundi: East African Court of Justice to Hear Case Against Burundi President’s Legitimacy, BBC WORLD […]