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Hilary Charlesworth en route to The Hague

Australia’s challenge to the legality of Japan’s ‘scientific whaling program’ (Australia v. Japan: New Zealand intervening) will enter the phase of oral arguments next week at the International Court of Justice  in The Hague. For further details of the proceedings see:

Hilary Charlesworth will sit as Judge ad hoc in the case. All at the CIGJ will be following the case with interest (the proceedings are web cast live – see:, under the heading ‘Multimedia’) and we wish Hilary well for what is likely to be a challenging but also fascinating experience.

Rumyana Grozdanova blogging for Human Rights in Ireland

Former Visiting PhD Scholar at the CIGJ, and Regarding Rights contributor, Rumy Grozdanova , has written a blog post for Human Rights in Ireland on US surveillance and recent revelations concerning the US Department of Justice’s seizure of Associated Press phone records. As Rumy points out, ‘[w]hile the seizure of these records may have come as a surprise to some, the fact is that the Obama administration has persistently engaged in a very controlled protection of national security with special emphasis on the doctrine of state secrets privilege…Since the beginning of the Obama presidency, more national security whistle blowers have been prosecuted under the Espionage Acts than by all previous administrations combined.’ Read Rumy’s post here:

Rumy is a Deputy Co-Convener of Durham Law School’s Human Rights Centre. She is conducting her PhD research at the Law School, investigating the United States’ program of Extraordinary Rendition and its effects on the international legal framework.

The Long Way from Rome to Jakarta: Prospects for Ending Impunity for International Crimes in Southeast Asia

In next’s week’s post, Christoph Sperfeldt considers the momentum that has been building in Southeast Asia in support of regional and international human rights protections, and the increased willingness of states in the region to prosecute those responsible for mass atrocities.

Christoph was a recent visitor at the CIGJ, and is the Regional Program Coordinator at the Asian International Justice Initiative (AIJI) , where he focuses on regional human rights and justice sector capacity-building in Southeast Asia.

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