Tag Archives: International Law

UN Chief Appoints Head of Panel Laying Groundwork For Possible War Crimes Probe In Syria

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Catherine Marchi-Uhel of France as the head of the independent panel to assist in the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for most serious violations of international law in Syria.

The panel, formally known as the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Those Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011, was established by the UN General Assembly in December last year more

UN sanctions: what they are, how they work, and who uses them

In recent months the Security Council has discussed sanctions regarding Yemen, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Somalia and Libya; has adopted a resolution imposing sanctions on South Sudan; and reviewed the sanctions related to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Speaking to the Security Council in November 2014, Under-Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman said that support to the Council and its sanctions committees is a central component of the Department of Political Affairs’ work. Continue reading

ICJ hearings on Timor-Leste v. Australia close

The ICJ hearings in the case Timor-Leste v. Australia which started on Monday have come to a conclusion. hese hearings were devoted to a request for the indication of provisional measures (read: Timor requested the Court to make an urgent decision to force Australia to give certain confidential documents back to Timor) submitted by Timor-Leste. The Court will now start its Deliberation process. The date of the delivery of the Court’s Order will be announced by the ICJ in due course.  Continue reading

ICJ to begin its deliberation on Whaling in the Antarctic case (Australia v. Japan: New Zealand intervening)

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, today started its hearings in the case concerning Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia vs. Japan; New Zealand intervening). The ICJ today heard the first arguments of Australia. These hearings will continue until 16 July 2013. ICJ judgments are final and binding upon the parties. Recent statistics show that these judgments are usually expected within a four to six months period.  Members of the delegation of Australia at the opening of the hearings. 26 June 2013 The Hague, NetherlandsThe public hearings in the case concerning Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan: New Zealand intervening) were concluded on Tuesday, 16 July. The Court will now begin its deliberation. During the hearings, which opened on 26 June 2013 at the Peace Palace, seat of the Court, the delegation of Australia was led by Continue reading

UNCITRAL to Hold its 46th Session in Vienna, 8-26 July 2013

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (third from left) meets with senior officials of the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in Vienna, Austria.   With Mr. Ban, second from left, is Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Director-General of the UN Office in Vienna (UNOV). 26 November 2012 Vienna, AustriaThe finalization and adoption of draft texts on arbitration, security rights and cross-border insolvency will be key topics for consideration by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), as it meets in Vienna, for its 46th session from 8-26 July 2013.  Continue reading

ICJ Hears Case of Whaling in Antarctic: Australia vs. Japan

View of the courtroom of the International Court of Justice at the opening of the hearings. 26 June 2013 The Hague, NetherlandsThe International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, started its hearings in the case concerning Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia vs. Japan; New Zealand intervening). The ICJ started by first hearing the arguments of Australia. These hearings will continue until 16 July 2013. ICJ judgements are final and binding upon the Parties.  Continue reading