Jan 2014, PJI Director Manuel Ventura has written a two part guest post on Spreading the Jam, the blog of Assistant Professor Dov Jacobs of Leiden University, on specific direction as an actus reus element of aiding and abetting as per the ICTY's Perišić Appeal Judgement, its rejection by the SCSL Appeals Chamber in Taylor and its potential effect on the ICTY's upcoming Šainović et al. appeal.
Dec 2013, PJI Director Matthew Gillett argued on behalf of the ICTY Prosecution in the case of Prosecutor v. Popovic et. al., seeking to uphold the genocide, extermination, murder and persecution convictions of Ljubisa Beara, the former Chief of the Security Administration of the Bosnian Serb Army. The link to the transcript is available here (starting at p.211): http://www.icty.org/x/cases/popovic/trans/en/131203ED.htm
Dec 2013, PJI member Mathias Holvoet (together with Medlir Mema) has published a new policy brief entitled 'The ICC and its Deteriorating Relationship with Africa in Light of the Kenya Cases: What Should the EU Position be?'. The brief aims to evaluate what the position of the EU and its Member States as outspoken supporters of the ICC and the fight against impunity should be, especially given the fact that France and the UK, as permanent UNSC members, could block a UNSC deferral at any time.
Dec 2013, PJI Director Manuel Ventura has published two book chapters entitled 'Complementarity and Universal Jurisdiction: South Africa's ICC Act and the Domestic Investigation of Extraterritorial International Crimes' and 'Two Controversies in the Lubanga Trial Judgment of the ICC: The Nature of Co-perpetration's Common Plan and the Classification of the Armed Conflict' in S. Casey-Maslen (ed.), The War Report 2012 (Oxford University Press, 2013) (pp. 439-454; 473-491).
Nov 2013, PJI member Dan Saxon has published a new paper entitled 'Covering Syria: Legal and Ethical Obligations of Journalists' in the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, concerning the coverage of prisoners of warring parties by reporters during the current conflict in Syria and their conformity with international humanitarian law.
Nov 2013, PJI member Gentian Zyberi of the University of Oslo (and Agnieszka Cybulska) have posted a three part series on the situation in Kenya before the ICC at the International Law Observer, concentrating on the various processes to date and the political and legal repercussions on the work of the ICC.
Sep 2013, PJI Director Manuel Ventura (with Dapo Akande of the University of Oxford) has published a post on EJIL: Talk! - the blog of European Journal of International Law - concerning the European Court of Human Right's recent Mothers of Srebrenica and Others v. The Netherlands admissibility decision, in particular whether the prevention of genocide is a jus cogens norm of international law and its implications for humanitarian intervention.
Sep 2013, PJI member Gentian Zyberi has published An Institutional Approach to the Responsibility to Protect (Cambridge University Press, 2013). The book examines the roles and responsibilities of the State and the international community regarding the responsibility to protect, and proposes improvements to the current system of collective security and human rights protection.
Aug 2013, PJI member Marta Bo has written a guest post on Opinio Juris as part of their 'Emerging Voices' series on the conceptual differences between piracy and core international crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, aggression).
Jul 2013, PJI Director Manuel Ventura participated in the recent high-level strategy meeting of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court in Brussels, Belgium on 1-2 July, where he discussed the 2010 Kampala war crimes amendments to the ICC Statute and domestic international criminal prosecutions in Europe.
Jul 2013, PJI member Mathias Holvoet has published a new policy brief entitled 'The UN General Assembly Vote: Upgrading the Status of Palestine and its Implications for a Possible Role of the ICC'.
Jun 2013, PJI Director Manuel Ventura has written a new book chapter entitled 'Two Controversies in the Lubanga Trial Judgment of the ICC: The Nature of Co-perpetration's Common Plan and the Classification of the Armed Conflict'. It is scheduled to be published in S. Casey-Maslen (ed.), War Report 2012 (Oxford University Press, 2013).
Jun 2013, PJI member Elizabeth Santalla has published Essays in International Criminal Law: A Bolivian Perspective - Part One (Dictus Publishing, 2013) in Spanish. The book considers the scope of the prohibition of torture and other forbidden treatment emanating from treaty law and the jurisprudence of the inter-American system of human rights protection.
Jun 2013, PJI Director Matthew Gillett has authored a book chapter entitled 'Environmental Damage and International Criminal Law' published in S. Jodoin and M. C. Segger (eds), Sustainable Development, International Criminal Justice, and Treaty Implementation (Cambridge University Press, 2013) (pp. 73-99). The chapter surveys the prosecutions at the international level for serious damage to the environment, including trials for events during World War Two, and reviews the contemporary status of various instruments and customary international law that could be used to address crimes against the environment.
Jun 2013, PJI member Dan Saxon has published International Humanitarian Law and the Changing Technology of War (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2013). The book explores the legal challenges for armed forces resulting from the development and use of new military technologies – automated and autonomous weapon systems, cyber weapons, “non-lethal” weapons and advanced communications - for the conduct of warfare.
Jun 2013, PJI member Elizabeth Santalla has co-authored (together with Kai Ambos) contributions on transitional justice in Bolivia in a three-volume reference work entitled Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice edited by L. Stan and N. Nedelsky (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
Jun 2013, PJI member Mathias Holvoet has co-published Code of International Criminal Law and Procedure, Annotated (Larcier, 2013), the first commentary that discusses the ICC Statute as well as the Statutes of the ad hoc tribunals in a systematic way. The work is supplemented by a discussion of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence of the ICC. Contributors include both practitioners (including PJI member Alexis Demirdjian) and academics in the field of international criminal law.
May 2013, PJI Director Manuel Ventura has written a new book chapter entitled 'Complementarity and Universal Jurisdiction: South Africa's International Criminal Court Act and the Domestic Investigation of Extraterritorial International Crimes'. It is scheduled to be published in S. Casey-Maslen (ed.), War Report 2012 (Oxford University Press, 2013).
May 2013, PJI member Elizabeth Santalla has written a guest post on the blog of the Peace Palace Library that discusses the recent move by Bolivia to institute proceeding against Chile at the International Court of Justice concerning negotiations to resolve the outcomes of historical events that lead to Bolivia losing its access to the Pacific Ocean.
Apr 2013, PJI Director Manuel Ventura has co-written a new paper entitled 'The Special Tribunal for Lebanon Declines to Review UN Security Council Action: Retreating from Tadić's Legacy in the Ayyash Jurisdiction and Legality Decisions', concerning the legality of the STL's creation and touching upon the contentious area of judicial oversight of UN Security Council Chapter VII action. It is scheduled to be published in the Journal of International Criminal Justice.
Mar 2013, PJI Director Manuel Ventura has written a new paper entitled 'When National and International Substantive Criminal Law Overlap: Decision on Appeal Against Closing Order Indicting Kaing Giel Eav aka "Duch"". It is scheduled to be published in Volume 43 of the Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals (Antwerp: Intersentia, 2014).
Mar 2013, PJI Director Manuel Ventura has written a guest post on Spreading the Jam, the blog of Assistant Professor Dov Jacobs of Leiden University, on the implications of the ICTY Appeal Chamber's recent acquittal of Momčilo Perišić and what it means for the pending appeals proceedings in the Charles Taylor case at the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
Feb 2013, PJI Director Matthew Gillett has written a new paper entitled "The Anatomy of an International Crime: Aggression at the International Criminal Court", which deconstructs and analyses the various constitutive elements of the crime of aggression. The article is scheduled to be published in the International Criminal Law Review.
Feb 2013, PJI member Elizabeth Santalla presented Rome Statute implementation recommendations in Bolivia which were submitted to the Drafting Commission of the Bolivian Ministry of Justice in 2012.
Nov 2012, Manuel Ventura delivered PJI's intervention before the 11th Session of the ICC Assembly of States Parties at the World Forum Convention Centre in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Nov 2012, Dr. Shahrzad Fouladvand of PJI presented a paper on "The International Criminal Court and the Rights of the Accused" at the Second International Conference on Human Rights and Cultures in Tehran. Dr. Fouladvand's paper explored the accused's rights regime of the ICC and also their compatibility with Shari'a law. The paper is scheduled to be published in the 2nd Annual Report of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) Center for Human Rights and Cultural Diversity.
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