The International Enforcement Law Reporter

The International Enforcement Law Reporter is a monthly print and online journal covering news and trends in international enforcement law.

Since September 1985, the International Enforcement Law Reporter has analyzed the premier developments in both the substantive and procedural aspects of international enforcement law. Read by practitioners, academics, and politicians, the IELR is a valuable guide to the difficult and dynamic field of international law.

CDPC Acts on Environment. Asset Recovery and EPPO

Friday, June 30, 2023
Author: 
Michael Plachta
Volume: 
39
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

      On November 23, 2022, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted the Terms of Reference for a new Committee of Experts on the Protection of the Environment through Criminal Law (PC-ENV). The PC-ENV was subsequently established and entrusted with the elaboration of a new draft Convention on the Protection of the Environment through Criminal Law

European Union Introduces European Production and Preservation Orders for Electronic Evidence in Criminal Matters

Friday, June 23, 2023
Author: 
Michael Plachta
Volume: 
39
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

On June 13, 2023, the European Parliament adopted a two-part legislative package will introduce a coherent EU framework for handling electronic evidence, speed up the process of evidence gathering, and maintain safeguards for fundamental rights. To make cross-border investigations more effective, MEPs voted to adopt new rules on the exchange of electronic evidence by law enforcement authorities.

Diplomatic Conference Adopts Convention on International Cooperation in the Investigation and Prosecution of Serious International Crimes

Friday, June 16, 2023
Author: 
Michael Plachta
Volume: 
39
Issue: 
6
Abstract: 

On May 15 to 26, 2023, international community, represented by nearly 300 experts coming from all over the world, held a Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries in the city of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The key outcome of this gathering is the adoption, by consensus, the Ljubljana – The Hague Convention on International Cooperation in the Investigation and Prosecution of the Crime of Genocide, Crimes against Humanity, War Crimes and other International Crimes (“the Convention”).

 

The ICC works on a new way to tackle war crimes with the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Friday, June 16, 2023
Author: 
Elena Maghsoodnia
Volume: 
39
Issue: 
6
Abstract: 

On June 5, 2023, the International Criminal Court (ICC) addressed crime concerns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the need for a new approach in combating the crimes committed in the DRC.  This followed Chief Prosecutor of the ICC, Karim Khans’, first visit to the DRC, where he spoke with DRC authorities and leading figures, such as Dr. Denis Mukwege, fighting the continued crimes against humanity happening in Eastern Congo.  There have been efforts made to help with the ongoing conflicts in the DRC, however there is still a significant number of atrocities occurring on a regular basis.  This fact-finding mission resulted in him calling for a ‘stronger partnership’ between global players and local authorities, citing the fact that the “rapes and crimes have not stopped” as proof that their current strategies are not enough.[1]

 

Interpol Operation in Africa Results in 14 Arrests of Suspected Terrorists

Friday, June 16, 2023
Author: 
Alex Mostaghimi
Volume: 
39
Issue: 
6
Abstract: 

On June 9, 2023, Interpol announced the results of a month long operation conducted in March and April codenamed Tripartite Spider which resulted in the seizure of explosives and the arrests of 14 terror suspects linked to terror groups ADF, Al-Shabaab, and ISIS.   The enforcement action occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Somali, Tanzania, and Uganda.[1]

 

UK High Court Denies Assange’s Latest Effort to Appeal against Extradition to the U.S.

Friday, June 16, 2023
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
39
Issue: 
6
Abstract: 

On June 6, 2023, a High Court judge in the UK denied Julian Assange permission to appeal an order to extradite him to the United States to stand charges under the Espionage Act.[1]



[1]    Claudia Rebaza and Lauren Said-Moorhouse, Julian Assange loses latest attempt to appeal against extradition to the US, CNN, June 9, 2023.

 

Peru Temporarily Extradites Van der Sloot to the U.S. on Extortion and Wire Fraud Charges

Friday, June 16, 2023
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
39
Issue: 
6
Abstract: 

On June 8, 2023, Peru extradited Joran van der Sloot, the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway to the United States to face charges that he tried to extort money from the mother of the missing daughter.  Van der Sloot arrived in an FBI-operated plane at Shuttlesworth Airport in Birmingham, Alabama.[1]



[1]    Associated Press, Suspect in Holloway case arrives in U.S., Wash. Post, June 9, 2023, at A2, col.2.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 

Netherlands and Canada Bring Torture Case Against Syria at International Court of Justice

Friday, June 16, 2023
Author: 
Michael Plachta
Volume: 
39
Issue: 
6
Abstract: 

On June 8 2023, Canada and the Kingdom of the Netherlands (the Applicants) filed a joint application instituting proceedings against the Syrian Arab Republic before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, concerning alleged violations of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (the Convention against Torture).[1]



* Professor Plachta specializes in criminal law and international criminal law. He has authored numerous publication on a wide range of problems concerning law enforcement and international cooperation in criminal matters. He currently teaches criminal law and European criminal law at the University of Security in Poznan, Poland.

[1] International Court of Justice, Canada and the Kingdom of the Netherlands jointly institute proceedings against the Syrian Arab Republic and request the Court to indicate provisional measures, Press release No. 2023/28, June 12, 2023.

 

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