Thursday, March 22, 2012
The first press release relates to the Frontier Dispute between Burkina Faso and Niger. The Court will hold public hearings in that case between October 8-17, 2012. The ICJ has jurisdiction in this matter pursuant to a Special Agreement between the parties.
The second press release states that the ICJ will hold public hearings in the Martime Dispute between Peru and Chile from December 3 to December 14, 2012. Peru initiated this matter in January 2008 by filing a complaint against Chile regarding the delimitation of the boundary between the maritime zones of the two States in the Pacific Ocean. Peru has invoked Article XXXI of the Pact of Bogotá of 30 April 1948 as the basis for jurisdiction.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The Corte Suprema di Cassazione in Italy has ruled that a same-sex couple who married outside of Italy could not be considered legally wed in Italy, but that they did have a "right to a family life." Click here to read more.
Hat tips to the Law Library of Congress.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Call for Papers: Collective Redress in the Cross-Border Context: Arbitration, Litigation, Settlement and Beyond
The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL), along with the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS), are convening a two-day event on the theme, “Collective Redress in the Cross-Border Context: Arbitration, Litigation, Settlement and Beyond.” The event is intended to address issues relating appropriate means of providing collective redress, particularly in the cross-border context, for large-scale international legal injuries that may arise in the context of consumer, commercial, contract, tort or securities law.
The event includes two different elements – a workshop on June 21-22, 2012, comprised of invited speakers from all over the world as well as a works-in-progress conference on June 20-21, 2012, designed to allow practitioners and scholars who are interested in the area of collective redress to discuss their work and ideas in the company of other experts in the field.
Persons interested in being considered as presenters for the works-in-progress conference should submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to the organizer, Professor S.I. Strong, the Henry G. Schermers Fellow for 2012, of the University of Missouri School of Law, on or before May 1, 2012. Decisions regarding accepted proposals will be made in early May, and those whose proposals are accepted for the works-in-progress conference will need to submit a draft paper by June 4, 2012, for discussion at the conference. All works-in-progress submissions should explore one or more of the various means of resolving collective injuries, including class and collective arbitration, mass arbitration and mass claims processes, class and collective litigation, and large-scale settlement and mediation, preferably in a cross-border context. Junior scholars in particular are encouraged to submit proposals for consideration.
Persons presenting at the works-in-progress conference will have to bear their own costs, since there is no funding available to assist with travel and other expenses. The works-in-progress conference will be held on June 20 and 21, 2012, at NIAS, Meijboomlaan 1, 2242 PR Wassenaar, The Netherlands. Wassenaar is approximately 20 minutes from The Hague by car. The workshop of invited speakers will be held on June 21 and 22, 2012, also at NIAS.
Both the Schermers workshop and the works-in-progress conference are open to the public, although advance registration is required. For contact information and other details, click here.
Monday, March 19, 2012
A second judge has resigned from the Cambodia genocide tribunal after stating that he is being prevented from “properly and freely” carrying out his duties. According to a news release from the United Nations, Judge Laurent Kasper-Ansermet submitted his resignation, effective from 4 May, from the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). The ECCC had been set up as an independent court using a mixture of Cambodian staff and judges and foreign personnel.
Judge Kasper-Ansermet has served as reserve international co-investigating judge since 30 November 2011, when his predecessor, Judge Siegfried Blunk, resigned, citing attempted interference by Government officials in the court’s proceedings. Judge Kasper-Ansermet’s duties included judicial investigations into cases 003 and 004, both of which involve former senior members of the Khmer Rouge military suspected of being responsible for the deaths of thousands of people.
According to a news release issued today, Judge Kasper-Ansermet’s authority to investigate cases 003 and 004 has been constantly contested by the national co-investigating judge, You Bunleng, whose “active opposition” to investigations into cases 003 and 004 has led to a “dysfunctional” situation within the ECCC. “In view of the victims’ right to have investigations conducted in a proper manner and despite his determination to do so, Judge Laurent Kasper-Ansermet considers that the present circumstances no longer allow him to properly and freely perform his duties,” the news release stated. He “strongly reiterates his hope that, in the interests of the Cambodian people and international justice, a solution enabling the ECCC to properly fulfil its important mandate will be found.”
The ECCC is designated to try those deemed most responsible for mass killings and other crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge three decades ago, when as many as two million people are thought to have died.
(mew) (adapted from a UN Press Release)
We learn from the East-West Center in Honolulu that the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga has reportedly confirmed that King George Tupou the Fifth has died at the age of 63. He brought democracy to the nation and was considered to be a progressive leader. The King died in Hong Kong on Sunday, in the company of his younger brother, the Crown Prince, who is heir to the throne.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
The United Nations now estimates that more than 8,000 people -- mostly civilians -- have been killed in Syria in the past year. The U.N. also estimates that tens of thousands of people have been displaced since anti-government demonstrations began there a year ago as part of the Arab Spring.