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Proposed Amendments to UK’s Universal Jurisdiction Laws

Some months ago we noted that the UK's coalition government was planning to introduce legislation that would restrict the application of universal jurisdiction in the UK. The government was not proposing to restrict the scope of jurisdiction of UK courts over universal jurisdiction offences but to restrict the right of private persons to secure arrest warrants in respect of such offences. This was a matter of concern to some foreign governments most notably Israel after attempts to arrest a number of Israeli officials in the UK. As Ruvi Ziegler notes in a comment to my earlier post, the government has now put those proposals in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill published last week.

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JHHW to Stand Trial in France for Criminal Libel – Refusal to Remove a Bookreview which Displeased the Author of the Reviewed Book

The latest issue of EJIL is now out. The Table of Contents is posted below, but we wanted to draw EJIL: Talk! readers' attention to the Editorial, which concerns an attempt in France to prosecute EJIL's Editor in Chief for criminal libel. A link to the full editorial is posted below. Editorial 20 4 The below Table…

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Prosecution of Senior Rwandan Government Official in France: More on Immunity

French authorities have announced this week (see here) that a senior Rwandan official, Rose Kabuye, who is curently detained in France, will be allowed to travel to Rwanda for the Christmas holidays. Rose Kabuye was at the time of her arrest the Chief of Protocol to current Rwandan President Paul Kagame. She is accused (see here), under French Anti-Terrorism…

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