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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