October 20, 2018

The Continuous Need to Development of International law

Interview with H. E. Judge Nawaf Salam, International Court of Justice, The Hague   By Marwan Hani Osseiran, Visiting Professional, ICC On a sunny afternoon in February, I headed to meet H.E. the newly elected and sworn judge Nawaf Salam of Lebanon to the International Court of Justice at the Peace Palace. Judge Salam was elected on November 9, 2017 as judge on the International Court of Justice for the 2018-2027 term, having received a concurrent majority of votes in the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council. He was officially sworn as Judge of the Court on the morning…

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Iraq after the parliamentarian elections and beyond

By Corneliu Pivariu. The latest parliamentarian elections in Iraq, held on May 12th, 2018, designated the 329 members of the Council of Representatives – the unicameral parliament which, in its turn, would, according to the constitution, elect the prime minister and the country’s president. Initially they were to be held in September 2017 and were postponed due to the fights against Daesh. In the mean time, a referendum for independence was organized whereby 93% voted for independence from the central government in Baghdad. The government led by prime minister Haidar al-Abadi responded by closing Erbil International airport, by taking over…

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IPCC Report – On Our global Jihad against Cognitive mind

By Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic. The major new report from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released in Korea on October 8 (2018), is nearly 800 pages long and includes more than 6,000 scientific references. However, it can be summarized in just few sentences with absolutely horrific implications: The average global temperature is now 1.0°C above its pre-industrial levels.That increase is already causing more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, and is damaging untold number of land and sea ecosystems. A 1.5°C increase, likely by 2040, would make things worse. A 2.0°C increase will…

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Eurojust and Albania cooperation agreements

Eurojust and Albania take major step to strengthen the fight against cross-border organised crime Ms Etilda Gjonaj, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Albania, and Mr Ladislav Hamran, President of Eurojust, the European Union’s Judicial Cooperation Unit, signed a cooperation agreement to enhance operational and strategic judicial cooperation between Albania and Eurojust. It will be the third cooperation agreement between Eurojust and a State in the Western Balkan region and is a further important step in the joint fight against serious transnational crime, since it will unlock the possibility of a safe and efficient exchange of judicial information and sharing of evidence. The…

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The World Nomad Games 2018

  By Urmat Kalmanbetov, Attache of the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic to Benelux and France, Permanent Representation to the EU, NATO and UNESCO This year Kyrgyzstan hosted III World Nomad Games, which are now considered by many countries and organizations as nomadic Olympics. The World Nomad Games is the biggest international project held in the Kyrgyz Republic, a project initiated by the government in 2012 for the revival and preservation of the culture of nomadic civilization. The mission of the World Nomad Games covers the revival, development and preservation of the ethno-culture, diversity and originality of the people of…

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International Criminal Law, Transnational Criminal Organizations and Transitional Justice

By Prof. Héctor Olasolo (The Hague: Brill / Nijhoff, 2018) – ISBN: 9789004341005 Parties negotiating the end of authoritarian regimes or armed conflicts are almost inevitably left in a situation of legal uncertainty.   Despite their overlapping scope of application, the differences between the approaches of International Criminal Law (ICL) and Transitional Justice (TJ) are so profound that, unless dogmatisms are left aside and a process of dialogue is entered into, it will not be possible to harmonize the current legal regime of international crimes with the need to articulate transitional processes that are capable of effectively overcoming authoritarian regimes and…

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Rashid Al Khalifa´s Penumbra: Textured Shadow, Coloured Light

Presented by​ Bahrain National Gas​ at Saatchi Gallery Curated and produced by Éva McGaw and Tatiana Palinkasev.   3-21 October 2018 ​ ​Penumbra : Textured Shadow, Coloured Light , held at Saatchi Gallery from 3-21 October 2018, brings together new three-dimensional works by artist Rashid Khalifa. His London debut invites the viewer to experience the beauty of textured shadows and light cast through polychromatic metal structures. Aluminium mesh wall works, suspended steel grid columns, and a monumental maze form the basis of this immersive exhibition inspired by architectural grids and geometric lattices. ​ In recent years, Rashid has experimented with…

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Act on the Protection of Trade Secrets

The Act on the Protection of Trade Secrets is about to come into force. What does it mean? By Reinier W.L. Russell, LL.M. The Dutch government is currently in the process of implementation of the European Trades Secrets Directive. The Directive aims at protecting non–public company information & knowhow from being obtained, used or disclosed unlawfully. The Act on the Protection of Trade Secrets (Wet bescherming bedrijfsgeheimen; WBB) will soon enter into force for the purpose of implementation of the Directive. Prior to the entry into force of this Act the European Trades Secrets Directive will have direct effect in…

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Samarkand, at the cross-roads of peoples

“Registan Square” in Samarkand city, photo from Uzbekistan National News Agency – UzA. At the heart of central Asia, and at the cross-roads of civilisations, lies Samarkand, waiting to be discovered. In fact, Uzbekistan as a whole is a rather amicable country, which is becoming friendlier on regular tourist regulations. From 2018, 101 countries are eligible for e-visas to be picked up points of entry after online applications are submitted. Flying to Uzbekistan from Europe is easier than before by direct flights from Frankfurt am Main, Paris, or London to Tashkent. Once in Uzbekistan travel is easy as they are…

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From liberalism to illiberalism … and thereafter?

Corneliu Pivariu. Photographer: Ionus Paraschiv.

By  Corneliu Pivariu. The term, known primarily as illiberal democracy appeared reletively recently – in terms of historical time – and is most oftenly quoted as being used by the well known politologist Fareed Zakaria in the article The Rise of Illiberal Democracy, published in 1997 in Foreign Affairs. In a nutshell, the illiberal democracy is considered a system of governance whereby although elections are taking place the citizens are not aware of the activities carried out by those who exert the real power as a result of certain civil liberties being cut. A country ruled by illiberal democracy is…

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