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Retroactively Legalizing Illegal Settlements: What’s the ‘Greater Jerusalem’ Bill?

Loureen Sayej 10th January 2018

With Israeli settlement expansion continuing unabated in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the Israeli Knesset’s ministerial committee was scheduled to approve a bill referred to as the “Greater Jerusalem Bill.” The Bill represents a legislative effort by the Knesset to institutionalize the settlement enterprise and to ensure a “Jewish majority” in the city. After […]

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President Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem: A Legal Analysis

Loureen Sayej 11th December 2017

In a proclamation signed on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump unilaterally  recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, departing from the policy of successive US administrations which recognized the status of Jerusalem as that of an occupied territory. Trump’s declaration was followed by international recriminations. The status of Jerusalem is a matter of high contention. While Israel […]

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Al-Bashir in Uganda: Head of State Immunity and the Rome Statute

Daniel Grütters 6th December 2017

Last month the High Court in Kampala declined to issue a provisional arrest warrant for visiting President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir. The decision followed an application by the Uganda Victims’ Foundation (UVF), a coalition of human rights groups, while President Bashir was in Uganda. UVF argued that as a State Party to the Rome Statute […]

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“Butcher of Bosnia” Found Guilty of Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and Violations of the Laws or Customs of War

Amanda Hukanović 23rd November 2017

As forecast earlier this week, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia delivered the long-awaited guilty verdict to the infamous “Butcher of Bosnia”, Ratko Mladić. As the dust of yesterday’s judgment begins to settle, a comprehensive analysis of the Court’s findings is an essential component of beginning to understand its implications on the lives […]

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Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and Violations of the Laws of War: Will the final “Butcher of Bosnia” judgment bring justice to victims?

Amanda Hukanović 20th November 2017

The dissolution of Yugoslavia, fuelling genocide and mass-scale atrocities in the region, set the stage for a tumultuous future of the apprehension of perpetrators and a quest for justice for victims. The establishment of an ad hoc international court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, following UN Security Council Resolution 827, aimed to assist […]

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