17 July 11 Inside Justice ® Tags: Africa, North America, Latin America, United Nations, Asia, Background, International Criminal Law
Today is International Criminal Justice Day. The Assembly of the States Parties of the International Criminal Court (ICC) adopted this date during the Review Conference of the Rome Statute held in Kampala, Uganda in June 2010. It marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the treaty that founded the ICC. The treaty also defines the types of international crimes that individuals can be charged with committing: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the recently defined crime of aggression. The day aims to promote awareness and to generate support for global justice and the fight against impunity. More
The Singapore Law Society is offering a weekend of FREE legal counseling, interactive panel discussions, and legal exhibitions to the public. Individuals can get 20 minute one-on-one consultations with an attorney on a first-come, first-served basis. Panel discussions include employment law, new bankruptcy laws, debt restructuring, using the Internet at work, and data privacy. Additional exhibitions will cover family law, domestic violence, youth crimes, and Internet crimes. The event takes place this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Exhibition Hall. More
The Asia Pacific Judicial Reform Forum (APJRF) is looking for authors to contribute to a Judicial Reform Handbook. The goal of the handbook is to provide pragmatic tools and resources in support of effective judicial reform in Asia-Pacific countries. It is intended for use by the judiciary and executive in each member country. The deadline to express interest in writing a chapter is July 31, 2007. More
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan today authorized the creation of a special UN political mission in Nepal to advance reconciliation, support a transitional government, and assist with elections. The mission consists of a small group of multi-disciplinary civilian advisors led by Ian Martin, in his new role as special envoy. Martin returns on Monday to Nepal from UN Headquarters in New York. It's unclear what the appointment means for his current role as the head of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal. The mission is being created in response to a joint request by Nepal's government and the insurgent Maoist rebels for UN assistance. At first glance, the mission's limited staffing and lack of enforcement authority may seem an insufficient response, but the mission will have importance influence at a crucial juncture for Nepal's struggle for democratic self-determination. More
Jiang Zuojun, China's Vice Minister of Health, today denounced the recent mass dog-destruction campaigns as unnecessary. He recommended that local authorities should increase rabies vaccinations as the primary control strategy. While his advice is consistent with the latest recommendations from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO), he disappointingly failed to recognize rabies as a public health priority. At a press conference this morning, Jiang stated that the recent rabies fatalities are "normal" and that China has not experienced an increase in the number of rabies' incidences or deaths. However, according to data from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention within China's Ministry of Health, rabies incidences during the first six months of 2006 increased 36% compared to the same time period in 2005. Moreover, the Center reported 198 deaths from rabies in June 2006, surpassing the number of deaths from tuberculosis to make rabies the country's leading epidemic killer that month. Given the desire and need by local authorities to protect public health against a growing threat, the Ministry of Health should be working with international agencies to develop a integrated rabies control strategy and to communicate the latest standards and guidelines to local authorities. More
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This article is the extended address by Josť E. Alvarez, the Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law at New York University School of Law, at the University of Minnesota Law School's conference on "International Economic Law in a Time of Change." Alvarez relects upon and rebuts a collection of papers on supra-nationalism presented at the conference. He argues that states, as sovereign entities, are making a comeback. The full-text is available online for free.
Whither Justice? Uganda and Five Years of the International Criminal Court Michael Drexler argues that the International Criminal Court is pursuing an inappropriate engagement strategy in Uganda by ignoring the impacts of criminal prosecution and investigation on the prospects for peace to the country's decades-long conflict. It is published by the peer-reviewed Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law (IJHRL) and is available online for free.