«The International Criminal Court Summer School 2016 27 June – 1 July 2016 – NUI Galway, Ireland»


«The International Criminal Court Summer School 2016
27 June – 1 July 2016, NUI Galway, Ireland
The annual International Criminal Court Summer School at the Irish Centre for Human Rights is the premier summer school specialising on the International Criminal Court. The summer school allows participants the opportunity to attend a series of intensive lectures over five days. The lectures are given by leading academics on the subject as well as by legal professionals working at the International Criminal Court. The interactive and stimulating course is particularly suited to postgraduate students, legal professionals, scholars, and NGO workers. Participants are provided with a detailed working knowledge of the establishment of the Court, its structures and operations, and the applicable law. Lectures also speak to related issues in international criminal law, including: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, the crime of aggression, jurisdiction, fair trial rights, and the rules of procedure and evidence.
This year’s ICC Summer School will include a special session on victims at the International Criminal Court.
The list of speakers at the 2016 ICC Summer School includes the following:
Professor William Schabas (Irish Centre for Human Rights/Middlesex University);
Professor Anne-Marie de Brouwer (Tilburg University); Dr Fabricio Guariglia (Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court); Professor Megan A. Fairlie (Florida International University); Paolina Massida (Office of the Public Counsel for Victims, International Criminal Court); Professor Ray Murphy (Irish Centre for Human Rights); Dr Rod Rastan (Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court); Dr Mohamed M. El Zeidy (International Criminal Court); Professor Donald M. Ferencz (Middlesex University); Dr Nadia Bernaz (Middlesex University); Fiona McKay (former head of Victims Participation and Reparations Section of the International Criminal Court) Dr Kwadwo Appiagyei Atua (University of Ghana and University of Lincoln); Dr Noelle Higgins (Maynooth University);?Dr Shane Darcy (Irish Centre for Human Rights).
An early bird registration fee of €400 is available for delegates who register before 15 April 2016, with the fee for registrations after that date being €450. The registration fee includes all course materials, all lunches and refreshments, a social activity and a closing dinner. A limited number of scholarships are also available. Please see the General Information section of our website for further information.
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Source: ILA

«Security Council requests options on deploying UN police in crisis-torn Burundi»


«1 April 2016 – Paving the way for enhanced United Nations engagement in Burundi, the Security Council this evening requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to explore with the Government and regional actors options for a police deployment “to increase UN capacity to monitor the security situation, advance the rule of law and promote respect for human rights” in the country.

Unanimously adopting a French-led resolution, the Council reiterated “its deep concern about the persistence of violence in Burundi, as well as the persisting political impasse in the country, and the attendant serious humanitarian consequences,” and requested Mr. Ban, in consultation with the Burundi Government and in coordination with the African Union (AU), to present within 15 days options for deploying a UN police component.

The Council further requested the Secretary-General to enhance the United Nations’ engagement in the country through strengthening the team of the Special Adviser for conflict prevention, including in Burundi, in order to work with the Government of Burundi and other concerned stakeholders to support the inter-Burundian dialogue.

Burundi was thrown into crisis this past April when President Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third term that he went on to win in July. To date, it has been reported that more than 400 people have been killed, more than 250,000 have fled the nation, and thousands more have been arrested and possibly subjected to human rights violations.

Urging the Government and all parties to reject any kind of violence and condemn any public statement inciting violence or hatred, the Security Council in its resolution demanded that all sides in Burundi refrain from any action that would threaten peace and stability in the country.

The Council went on to stress the urgency of convening a genuine and inclusive inter-Burundian dialogue, based on the respect of the Constitution and the Arusha Agreement, in coordination with the Government and all stakeholders committed to a peaceful solution, both inside and outside the country, in order to find a consensual and nationally owned solution to the current crisis.

While the text noted a decrease in the number of killings, it nevertheless expressed the Council’s concern over reports of increased disappearances and acts of torture, and underscored its deep concern for the continued worsening of the humanitarian situation. The Council also strongly condemned all violations and abuses of human rights in Burundi, “whoever perpetrates them.”

Welcoming the consent of the Burundian authorities to increase the number of human rights observers and military experts of the AU, the Council called for their full and speedy deployment in Burundi, notes that 30 human rights observers and 15 military observers have been deployed so far, and urged the Government of Burundi and other concerned stakeholders to provide them with full cooperation in order to facilitate the implementation of their mandate.

Also by the resolution, the 15-nation Council “expressed its intention to consider measures against all actors, inside and outside Burundi, whose actions and statements contribute to the perpetuation of violence and impede the search for a peaceful solution.” »

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Source: UN

«Διεθνής Διάκριση για τη Νομική Σχολή του ΑΠΘ»


«Ομάδα φοιτητών της Νομικής Σχολής του ΑΠΘ αναδείχθηκε 3η μεταξύ 60 Πανεπιστημίων, σε παγκόσμιο Διαγωνισμό διεθνούς Επενδυτικής Διαιτησίας που πραγματοποιήθηκε στη Φρανκφούρτη.

Στην ομάδα συμμετείχαν οι τελειόφοιτοι φοιτητές Θάνος Φωτιάδης (23 ετών) και Χρύσα Τραμουντάνα (21 ετών) και η πρωτοετής μεταπτυχιακή φοιτήτρια Βικτωρία Καλογεράτου (25 ετών). Την ομάδα συνέδραμε ο Ηλίας Ανδρεάδης, τελειόφοιτος μεταπτυχιακός φοιτητής, ο οποίος συμμετείχε πέρυσι ως παίκτης στον διαγωνισμό. Την επιμέλεια της ομάδας είχε ο Αν. Καθηγητής Διεθνούς Οικονομικού Δικαίου της Νομικής Σχολής του ΑΠΘ, Παναγιώτης Γκλαβίνης, στο πλαίσιο των μαθημάτων του οποίου επιλέγονται και προετοιμάζονται οι φοιτητές.

Οι Έλληνες φοιτητές επικράτησαν ομάδων Πανεπιστημίων με πολύ υψηλότερη διεθνή κατάταξη. Συγκεκριμένα, αντιμετώπισαν με επιτυχία τους περσινούς νικητές από την Ινδία του «Jindal Global Law School», ενώ στη φάση των 16 κέρδισαν την πολυνίκη ομάδα του θεσμού «University of Miami» και στην προημιτελική φάση το «National Law School of India». Είναι εντυπωσιακό το υψηλό επίπεδο συμμετοχής Πανεπιστημίων από τις αναδυόμενες οικονομίες! Ταυτόχρονα, άφησαν πίσω τους Πανεπιστήμια όπως το «Queen Mary» του Λονδίνου, τη «Science Po» του Παρισιού και το ίδιο το «Goethe University» της Φρανκφούρτης.

Ο Διεθνής Διαγωνισμός Εικονικής Επενδυτικής Διαιτησίας πραγματοποιήθηκε από 7 έως 12 Μαρτίου και διοργανώθηκε από το Πανεπιστήμιο Γκαίτε της Φρανκφούρτης, που προσκαλεί πρώτης τάξης διεθνείς διαιτητές, οι οποίοι ενεργούν ως κριτές των διαγωνιζομένων φοιτητικών ομάδων. Πρόκειται για έναν δημόσιο διαγωνισμό ιδιαιτέρως απαιτητικό και πολύ υψηλού επιπέδου, στον οποίο συμμετέχουν γνωστά πανεπιστήμια απ’ όλο τον κόσμο.

Οι φοιτητικές ομάδες είναι υποχρεωμένες να προετοιμάζονται να παίξουν τους ρόλους και του ξένου επενδυτή, που παραπονείται ότι το κράτος υποδοχής τον κακομεταχειρίστηκε, αλλά και του κράτους υποδοχής, που αμύνεται κατά της προσφυγής του επενδυτή. Στο πρώτο στάδιο, συντάσσουν τα γραπτά δικόγραφα με τα επιχειρήματα των διαδίκων μερών και στο δεύτερο στάδιο διαγωνίζονται προφορικά, στη Φρανκφούρτη, μαζί με τις άλλες πανεπιστημιακές ομάδες.

Τους διακριθέντες φοιτητές δέχθηκε και συνεχάρη ο Κοσμήτορας της Νομικής Σχολής ΑΠΘ, Καθηγητής Γεώργιος Δέλλιος, την Πέμπτη 24 Μαρτίου, επισημαίνοντας τα εξής:

«Σε αυτούς τους δύσκολους για το Πανεπιστήμιο καιρούς, οι φοιτητές μας στέλνουν προς όλες τις κατευθύνσεις ένα ηχηρό μήνυμα: ότι με γνώση και συστηματική δουλειά, μπορούν να τα καταφέρουν. Αποδείξανε με τη συμμετοχή τους στον διαγωνισμό αυτό πως είναι ικανοί να διακριθούν στις πιο ανταγωνιστικές συνθήκες, διαγωνιζόμενοι σε μια ξένη γλώσσα, απέναντι σε μεγάλα Πανεπιστήμια που κατακτούν τις πρώτες θέσεις της επίσημης διεθνούς αξιολόγησης. Μακάρι να μπορούσαμε να κάνουμε περισσότερα γι’ αυτούς».

Ο υπεύθυνος Καθηγητής της εκπροσώπησης της Νομικής Σχολής στον διαγωνισμό, Αν. Καθηγητής Παναγιώτης Γκλαβίνης, υπογράμμισε τη σημασία του θεσμού της διεθνούς επενδυτικής διαιτησίας για την προσέλκυση ξένων επενδύσεων:

«Οι ξένες επενδύσεις είναι περιζήτητες από όλα τα κράτη της διεθνούς κοινότητας και αναγκαίες για την Ελλάδα. Για την προώθηση και την προσέλκυσή τους, έχει δημιουργηθεί ένας ειδικός κλάδος του διεθνούς δικαίου, το Δίκαιο των Ξένων Επενδύσεων.

Όσο λιγότερους κινδύνους διατρέχει μια ξένη επένδυση σε μια χώρα, τόσο περισσότερο ελκυστική γίνεται η χώρα αυτή στη διεθνή επενδυτική κοινότητα. Οι κίνδυνοι προέρχονται συχνά από το ίδιο το κράτος υποδοχής, το οποίο μερικές φορές δεν αντιστέκεται στον πειρασμό να αυθαιρετήσει κατά του ξένου επενδυτή.

Τα τελευταία χρόνια αναπτύχθηκε ραγδαία η διεθνής επενδυτική διαιτησία, ως ένας συνήθης πλέον τρόπος επίλυσης των διαφορών που ανακύπτουν από την υλοποίηση μιας ξένης επένδυσης μεταξύ του κράτους υποδοχής της επένδυσης, αφενός, και του ξένου επενδυτή, αφετέρου.

Είναι χαρακτηριστικό ότι ελληνικές επιχειρήσεις που επενδύουν στο εξωτερικό έχουν επανειλημμένα προσφύγει σε διεθνή διαιτητικά δικαστήρια κατά του κράτους υποδοχής των επενδύσεών τους, ενώ και η χώρα μας έχει πρόσφατα αντιμετωπίσει προσφυγές αλλοδαπών επενδυτών με αφορμή το κούρεμα των ελληνικών ομολόγων».

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Source: AUTH

« Updated Commentaries bring fresh insights on continued relevance of Geneva Conventions»


«What is acceptable and what is prohibited in armed conflict? The four Geneva Conventions of 1949 form the foundation of International Humanitarian Law and provide a framework setting out the answers to that question.

In the 1950’s, the ICRC published a set of Commentaries on these Conventions, giving practical guidance on their implementation. But to reflect the new developments in law and practice since then, the organization has commissioned a new set of commentaries which seek to reflect the current interpretations of the Conventions. The first installment, an updated Commentary on the First Convention is now being published. Jean-Marie Henckaerts, who heads the commentaries project explains more:

What’s the main aim of the updated Commentaries?

The main aim of the updated Commentaries is to give people an understanding of the law as it is interpreted today, so that it is applied effectively in today’s armed conflicts. We see this as an important contribution to reaffirming the continued relevance of the Conventions, generating respect for them and strengthening protection for victims caught up in armed conflict. The experience gained in applying and interpreting the Conventions over the last six decades has generated a detailed understanding of how they operate in armed conflicts all over the world and in contexts very different to those that led to their adoption. With this, the new Commentaries go far beyond their first editions from the 1950s, which were largely based on the preparatory work for the Conventions and on the experience of the Second World War.

Can you give an example of issues that the Commentaries clarify?

The Commentaries shed light on many issues, from how the various rules of IHL apply in the complex conflicts of today, to the obligation Parties have vis-à-vis the wounded and sick. For example, the First Geneva Convention requires the wounded and sick to be protected and respected. But what does that mean in practice? What standard of medical care is required for the treatment of wounded and sick? How can the wounded and sick be collected and cared for when there are no troops on the ground? The answers to these and other questions have both legal and operational dimensions which the Commentary on the First Convention addresses.

Who do you anticipate will use the Commentaries?

The Commentaries are an essential tool for practitioners like military commanders, officers and lawyers to be able to ensure protection of victims during armed conflict. They will be used for training members of the armed forces, preparing instructions for armed forces and ensuring that military orders comply with the law. But they will also be useful for judges who have to apply humanitarian law, including in criminal courts and tribunals where those accused of violating the law may be prosecuted. Other users include lawyers in government, international organizations, the ICRC and National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, as well as academics. We know that the 1950s Commentaries have been useful for them. So we are confident that the updated Commentaries will become an equally important tool as they provide more nuanced insights and references…

How do the Commentaries reflect the prevalence of today’s non-international armed conflicts?

As the majority of conflicts today are of a non-international character, the regulation of these conflicts has become a crucial issue. Article 3 is a central provision of the Conventions on these conflicts and the new Commentary provides a comprehensive interpretation of all the aspects of this «mini Convention». These include its scope of application, the requirement of humane treatment, the care for wounded and sick, humanitarian activities and criminal aspects and compliance. But it also deals with pressing topics such as sexual violence and non-refoulement, which is the prohibition of sending people back to countries where their lives could be in danger.

What other developments do the Commentaries take into account?

A good example is the way the protection of women is addressed. The reference in the original Commentary to women as ‘weaker than oneself and whose honour and modesty call for respect’ would no longer be considered appropriate. Of course, the original commentaries were a product of the social and historical context of the time. Today, however, there is a deeper understanding that women, men, girls and boys have specific needs and capacities linked to the different ways armed conflict may affect them. The new Commentary reflects the social and international legal developments in relation to equality of the sexes.

Do the new Commentaries take into account other areas of international law?

When the Geneva Conventions were adopted, many areas of international law were still in their infancy, such as human rights law, international criminal law and refugee law, but they have grown significantly in the meantime. These areas of law are complementary to humanitarian law as they all seek to provide protection to persons in need of it. Humanitarian law is not a self-contained body of law; there is a lot of communication with other areas of international law. Therefore, current interpretations offered in the new Commentaries take these developments in other areas into account whenever they are relevant for the interpretation of a Convention rule. There are also developments in other, more technical areas such as the law of treaties or the law on State responsibility which are also reflected in the new Commentaries.»

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Source: ICRC

«In ‘breakthrough,’ UN refugee agency reaches embattled Yemeni governorate with life-saving aid»

pubil«23 March 2016 – Calling it a “breakthrough,” the United Nations refugee agency today reported that earlier this week, 13 trucks managed to deliver blankets,mattresses, and other badlyneeded emergency relief items to Taiz governorate in Yemen.

It was the first time a convoy from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) made it through all the way from Aden to Taizz, which is located in the highlands of country’s southwest.

Dispatched in coordination with the Government of Yemen’s High Relief Committee, it arrived on Sunday in Mashra’a Wa Hadnan, a district immediately south of the embattled Taiz city centre. Distribution is reportedly starting this week for 500 displaced people, others who have returned to Taiz, plus local families who have been affected by the conflict.

Meanwhile, another 13 trucks are on their way to nearby Sabir Al Mawadim district and will be distributed among another 500 families. In Mashra’a Wa Hadnan, the situation is now calm according to the UN, and some displaced families have been returning to their homes, while fighting persists on the eastern part of Sabir Al Mawadim.

“The two districts host over 7,500 displaced people. It is the first time that assistance has been delivered there using the direct route from Aden,” said UNHCR Representative in Yemen, Johannes van der Klaauw, in a press release.

“The wider governorate of Taiz hosts 555,048 internally displaced people, the biggest concentration in the country and equal to almost a quarter of the 2.4 million total Yemen-wide,” he added.

For months, UNHCR has been advocating for regular and sustained humanitarian access to Taiz city and governorate. Now, with key roads into Taiz reopened since 11 March after nine months of blocked access, UNHCR is taking advantage of the opportunity to get help to people who desperately need it. This includes aid, vital protection and shelter help.

While continued intense fighting is being reported in parts of Yemen, a lull in the conflict in other areas is opening space for UNHCR and other humanitarian organizations, including local humanitarian actors, to reach more people. To the north of Taiz, in Ibb governorate, which hosts over 100,000 displaced people, UNHCR is currently mapping how to address the needs.

Further north, reduced violence along the Yemen-Saudi border over the last two weeks has allowed the agency to distribute emergency aid in Sa’ada. In coordination with relevant authorities, UNHCR is hoping further assessments of needs and distributions will be possible over the next days.

Later this week, UNHCR and a partner will distribute emergency relief carried in a third convoy from Aden to the Ash Shamayatayn district of Taiz, an area that hosts 159,444 displaced people, according to their protection monitoring. Since October, UNHCR has been providing rental subsidies, cash assistance, legal assistance, and counselling as well as psychosocial care through a partner organization.

“Ultimately, a halt to the hostilities remains the only way to end the suffering and ensure access to humanitarian aid across the country”, said Mr. van der Klaauw. “UNHCR is hopeful that a lasting, country-wide ceasefire can be brokered among the parties as this will open up further space to provide essential humanitarian assistance on the ground.»

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«2016 IAWA-ICAO Aviation Scholarship for Professional Women»

pubil«A specialized agency of the United Nations, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world. It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency and regularity, as well as for aviation environmental protection. The Organization serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 191 Member States.​

2016 IAWA-ICAO Aviation Scholarship for Professional Women

With the objective of enhancing the development of women in aviation, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in conjunction with the International Aviation Women’s Association (IAWA), is offering an Aviation Scholarship for a professional woman in this field.

Candidates who are selected for the ICAO-IAWA Aviation Scholarship will be able to augment their professional experience in aviation by working on and contributing to specific aspects of the ICAO work programme at the international level for a period of nine months.

IAWA is supporting ICAO in its efforts to promote the development of women in aviation by providing voluntary contributions and by assisting in identifying those candidates who meet the requirements for the ICAO-IAWA Aviation Scholarship.


  • An advanced university degree (Masters’ level or equivalent), in an aviation-related discipline
  • A minimum of two years of  experience in supporting technical work of an international aviation or aerospace organization, a civil aviation authority,  or similar related organization.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of any other of the following ICAO languages is an asset:  Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish.»

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Source: IAWA.

«9th Annual Conference on International Aviation Law & Insurance (Scotland)»

pubil«Organized by McGill University’s Institute of Air & Space Law and & the Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL), this event brings together world-leading aviation liability and insurance experts to address the following topics:

  • Recent developments  in aviation liability and insurance
  • Comparative jurisprudence under the Warsaw System and the Montreal Convention of 1999
  • Jurisdiction & forum non conveniens
  • Liability of airlines, airports, lessors, manufacturers, maintenance providers & ANSPs
  • Challenges of settlement.»

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Source: McGill IASL.

«Compendium on rules of procedure and methods of work related to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and its subsidiary bodies»

pubilThe United Nations Committee on the Peaceful uses of Outer Space issues its own Rules of Procedure:

«The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space is a subsidiary organ of the United Nations General Assembly, established by General Assembly resolution 1472 (XIV) of 12 December 1959. In accordance with Article 22 of the United Nations Charter, which is restated also in Rule 161 of the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly “the General Assembly may establish such subsidiary organs as it deems necessary for the performance of its functions”. Further, Rule 161 of the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly establishes that “the rules relating to the procedure of committees of the General Assembly … shall apply to the procedure of any subsidiary organ unless the Assembly or the subsidiary organ decides otherwise.” «

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Source: UNOOSA.

«Luxembourg to invest in space-based asteroid mining»

pubil«The Luxembourg government on Feb. 3 announced it would seek to jump-start an industrial sector to mine asteroid resources in space by creating regulatory and financial incentives.

The incentives include co-investment in research and development and, eventually, direct capital investment in space resource-mining companies setting up shop in Luxembourg.

Schneider said he has been interested in asteroid resource mining since 2013 – well before the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act.

The U.S. bill appeared headed for international legal protest because it endorses commercial extraction by U.S. citizens of resources from asteroids, the moon or other celestial bodies. But the International Institute of Space Law has issued a mainly favorable assessment of the legal validity of the Space Act, and senior European Union officials have as well.»

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Source: Space News.