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Mistale Taylor publishes blog on Japanese decision on right to be forgotten

Mistale Taylor published a RENFORCE blog post, together with Machiko Kanetake, on 7th February, 2017, entitled ‘A Right to be Forgotten Case before the Japanese Supreme Court’. On 31 January, the Japanese Supreme Court, for the first time in its history, handed down a decision regarding a so-called “right to be forgotten” case. The right to…

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International criminal and civil liability for the downing of MH17: an uphill struggle

On 26 February 2015, study associations Urios and Ad Informandum organized a symposium on accountability and liability questions concerning the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 above eastern Ukraine in July 2014. Notably Dr. J.A.C. Bevers (legal advisor to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court – hereinafter: ICC) and Mr. M. van den Steenhoven…

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Minister van Justitie verbiedt tenuitvoerlegging van vonnis tegen Europese Octrooiorganisatie: accountability van internationale organisaties blijft ver weg

Op 17 februari 2015 besliste het Gerechtshof Den Haag in kort geding dat de Europese Octrooiorganisatie (EOO), een intergouvernementele organisatie die een nevenvestiging in Rijswijk heeft, dat de organisatie op onrechtmatige wijze beperkingen had aangebracht aan vakbondsvorming en –communicatie, alsook aan het stakingsrecht. Vervolgens zegde de Minister van Veiligheid en Justitie de gerechtsdeurwaarder evenwel aan…

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European Court of Human Rights makes U-turn in life imprisonment cases: what are the consequences for extradition proceedings?

In an earlier blogpost, we criticized the Court’s approach to life imprisonment cases. In particular, we took issue with the imposition of a strict version of the European rehabilitation approach to penalties (‘the right to hope’) on third states. It is recalled that in Trabelsi v. Belgium (2014), the Court found Belgium in violation of…

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Particuliere beveiliging van koopvaardijschepen en het EVRM

Afgelopen week berichtte het Algemeen Dagbladdat de Nederlandse regering het plan wil doorzetten om gewapende particuliere beveiligers toe te staan op koopvaardijschepen. Dit is opmerkelijk, aangezien er eerder geen Kamermeerderheid voor dit plan leek te zijn. Uit het artikel en eerdere Kamervragen blijkt dat het Kabinet uit economische overwegingen dit plan toch wil doorzetten.  Dit…

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Extradition of Terrorism Suspects: European Court of Human Rights Rules on the Compatibility of Life without Parole with the European Convention. The Case of Nizar Trabelsi v. Belgium

On the 4th of September 2014, the European Court of Human Rights handed down its judgment in the case of Trabelsi v. Belgium. Ending a decade-long debate the Court ruled that Belgium’s extradition of terrorist suspect Nizar Trabelsi to the United States is a violation of art.3 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR)….

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Jaloud v. the Netherlands: European Court of Human Rights finds the Netherlands liable for failing to adequately investigate the use of lethal force by Dutch troops in Iraq

On 20 November 2014, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Jaloud v. the Netherlands held that the Netherlands had failed to adequately investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of an Iraqi citizen allegedly killed by a Dutch lieutenant at a vehicle control point in Iraq in 2004. As participants…

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District Court of The Hague holds State of the Netherlands liable for Srebrenica massacre – Part II

On 16 July 2014, in the case of Mothers of Srebrenica v. State of the Netherlands, the District Court of The Hague held the State of the Netherlands liable for damages incurred by relatives of victims of the Srebrenica massacre resulting from the cooperation of Dutchbat – the Dutch battalion of the United Nations forces…

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Jones v United Kingdom: the European Court of Human Rights restricts individual accountability for torture

On 14 January 2014, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) handed down its judgment in the case of Jones and others v United Kingdom. This judgment was widely anticipated as the Court was called on, inter alia, to rule on whether State officials were entitled to immunity from jurisdiction in civil proceedings with respect…

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