IJT 168

22 October 2014 by Nathalie Magnien

The simmering tensions between Chad and the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC) in charge of the Hissène Habré case came to a boil last week. After months of inaction, N’Djamena has now officially refused to extradite two suspects and on 14 October backed out of a deal to allow court officials to question them in Chad.

22 October 2014 by Isabelle Wesselingh, Bucharest (Romania)

For the first time since the fall of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu a quarter-century ago, a Communist-era prison commander faces charges of crimes against humanity. The landmark trial of Alexandru Visinescu could help Romanians come to terms with their country’s totalitarian legacy. Survivors of the grisly Ramnicu Sarat prison in eastern Romania waited for decades to see the former chief appear before judges.

22 October 2014 by Julia Wallace

After an initial guilty verdict in August for two former Khmer Rouge leaders on charges of crimes against humanity – and strong admonitions from the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)’s appellate judges for its trial chamber to hurry up – substantive hearings are underway in what is known as Case 002/02. 

22 October 2014 by Karina Hof

For centuries, states have invoked universal jurisdiction to prosecute piracy in local courts. Yet the past few years have seen a change in tide, with more countries essentially outsourcing piracy cases to specially set up courts in Mauritius, Kenya and Seychelles. Five days before the start of UAE Counter-Piracy Week 2014 in Dubai, Michael Scharf, interim dean at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and chair of the Public International Law and Policy Group’s piracy working group, takes stock of recent perspectives on piracy. 

22 October 2014 by Marc-André Boisvert, Abidjan (Ivory Coast)

Just weeks after the final public sessions of Ivory Coast’s Commission for Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation, victims’ advocates say the process has failed and reconciliation still seems a long way off.

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