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International Legal News

Weekly update: 3 April – 10 April 2023

The following media round up on international and foreign policy issues from around the world for the period of 3 April to 10 April 2023.

Guernica 37 will provide weekly media updates from the International Criminal Court, European Court of Human Rights, United Nations, European Union and other sources. Should you wish to contribute or submit a media summary, opinion piece or blog, please send to Ned Vucijak at for consideration.

USA - 9 April 2023

Ben Ferencz, last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor, dies aged 103

Benjamin Ferencz, the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg trials, has died aged 103.

Ferencz fought in Europe during the Second World War and helped liberate several concentration camps before turning to the courtroom. At 27, he was named Chief Prosecutor for Nuremberg's Einsatzgruppen trial, trying 22 Nazis for crimes against humanity.

Northern Ireland - 10 April 2023

The Good Friday Agreement and International Treaty Law

10 April 2023 marks 25 years since the signing of the 1998 Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. The agreement was a remarkable political and diplomatic achievement that has allowed a generation of young people to grow up in a society largely free from the worst kinds of violence that marked the conflict in Northern Ireland.

Taiwan/China - 6 April 2023

China announces new sanctions against US after Taiwan president meets House speaker

Taiwan says sanctions ‘deepen our people’s antipathy’ and ‘expose irrational and absurd nature of communist regime’

Ukraine - 6 April 2023

Russia’s alleged deportation of Ukrainian children has caused a UN standoff – what international law says and why it matters

Belarus - 7 April 2023

Lithuania requests $130M in compensation from Belarus over accusations of facilitating mass immigration

China - 10 April 2023

China sentences prominent human rights activists to prison for ‘subversion of state power’

Colombia - 7 April 2023

Colombia considers first law on climate refugees in Latin America

A new bill is proposing that the government recognize ‘the existence of forced internal displacement due to causes associated with climate change and environmental degradation’

South Africa/UAE - 7 April 2023

South Africa's Gupta extradition bid from UAE fails

South Africa's bid to have two brothers from the wealthy Gupta family extradited from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has failed.

Israel - 10 April 2023

Mother of British-Israeli sisters killed in West Bank attack dies in hospital

Lucy Dee was flown to hospital in critical condition after Friday's attack on her family but a hospital in Israel has now confirmed her death.

Ireland - 6 April 2023

Time for Irish Government to ‘put a marker down’ over UK’s legacy Bill – Amnesty

Amnesty International is calling for Ireland to take an inter-state legal challenge to Europe if the Bill is introduced.


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