30 October, 2011

The Commonwealth - Heads of Government Meeting - Australia 2011

The Commonwealth Heads of Government held in Australia has drawn to a close.

One interesting development is that the 16 nations of which H.M. The Queen is Head of State have agreed to alter the Royal Succession so that male primogeniture will no longer apply.  This proposal is explained on the No.10 website.

The meeting issued a Communique and also agreed to issue a report - "A Commonwealth of the People - Time for Urgent Reform" - prepared by an "Eminent Persons Group."  The report has important implications for the future of the Commonwealth.

It is interesting to note that South Sudan has made approaches with a view to joining the Commonwealth.

22 October, 2011

Antonio Cassese: 1937-2011

Antonio Cassese
The death has been reported of the Italian jurist Antonio Cassese - see Special Tribunal for the Lebanon .  In recent times, few lawyers have done so much to develop a corpus of international criminal law.   His text - "International Criminal Law" (here) is a masterful analysis of the current state of the law.  See also his text "International Law" - Oxford University Press.

In 1993, Cassese became the first President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY).  The Tribunal's website states:

Judge Antonio Cassese (Italy)
President of the ICTY from 1993 to 1997
Born: 1937, Atripalda, Italy

Judge Antonio Cassese was the Tribunal’s first President, holding the position between 1993 and 1997. In those uncharted early years he was one of the key persons who won the necessary political and financial support for the Tribunal and turned it from a court on paper to a functioning international judicial institution. After his tenure as President, Judge Cassese