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United Kingdom: Parliament Amends ‘Universal Jurisdiction’ Law

2011-09-15, London, United Kingdom.  The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 that amended several acts including the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980 received Royal Assent and became law. Under the amendment,  judges hearing criminal complaints filed by private parties can no longer issue warrants without the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Previously, a magistrate court judge could issue a [...]
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Abstract: Bringing Power to Justice: Absence of Immunity for Heads of States before the International Criminal Court

What: Bringing Power to Justice: Absence of immunity for heads of state before the International Criminal Court Who: Amnesty International, International Justice Project team When: 9 December 2010 Where: AI Website Abstract: “This paper analyses the absence of immunity for heads of state before the International Criminal Court (ICC or the Court) and discusses its [...]
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USA: Samantar v. Yousuf: USSC Votes for Accountability

2010-06-01, Washington D.C., U.S.A. The USSC rendered its judgment in Samantar v. Yousuf - a case filed by the CJA on behalf of victims of  violations of human rights against a former Somali Minister of Defense and Prime Minister Mohamed Ali Samantar.  The claim was brought under the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991 and the Alien Tort Statute. [...]
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Netherlands: Court of Appeal Upholds UN & Dutch Gov. Immunity from Srebrenica Lawsuit

2010-03-30, The Hague, The Netherlands. The Dutch Court of Appeal rendered its judgment in the civil lawsuit brought against the United Nations and the Dutch Government by the Mothers of Srebrenica. The NGO’s lead counsel, Marco R Gerritsen and Axel Hagedorn, both of Van Diepen Van der Kroef, stated in the public statement that the issue [...]
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