News Roundup – 6 May 2014

About the author(s):

Katharine Fortin is an Associate Professor at Utrecht University where she teaches IHL and IHRL. Before joining Utrecht University, she worked at the ICTY, ICC and Norton Rose Fulbright. She is the author of The Accountability of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2017) which won the 2018 Lieber Prize. She has written widely about the framework of law that applies to armed groups in non-international armed conflicts and is one of the editors of the Armed Groups and International Law blog.

The online forum Just Security is holding a mini-forum on the Serdar Mohammed v. Secretary of State for Defense (full text) judgement which was handed down last week by Mr. Justice Leggatt of the High Court of England and Wales. The mini forum starts with a post by Derek Jinks entitled ‘Does IHL authorize detention in NIACs?’ and a post by Jonathan Horowitz and Christopher Rogers entitled ‘Does IHL need human rights law? The curious case of NIAC detention’. Further posts in the series are promised with mention that Ryan Goodman and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin may join the conversation. For a summary of the judgment and its significance within the legal debate, see the post by Marko Milanovic over at EJIL: Talk!. See also Kubo Macák’s post yesterday which takes a closer look at several aspects of the judgement. 

Syrian opposition delegation is given diplomatic status. 

Eight more Nigerian girls abducted by suspected Boko Haram militants

Video: Boko Haram claims responsibility for the kidnapping of missing Nigerian schoolgirls. 

ICC: Prosecution seeks between 22-25 years for Katanga. 

Enough Project report: Behind the Headlines: Drivers of Violence in the CAR.

CAR: MSF calls upon government and all parties to the conflict to publicly condemn attacks against civilians and humanitarian workers. 

South Sudan: Rival leaders to hold direct talks on Friday.

UNICEF: With conflict raging in South Sudan, recruitment of children into armed groups is on the rise. 


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