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Fellow judges support ousted colleague’s criticism of Hague tribunal

Professor Frederik Harhoff believes his recent removal as judge from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia was legally unwarranted, and some legal experts from within as well as outside the tribunal concur
6. december 2013

One of Denmark’s leading experts on international law, Frederik Harhoff, believes he was wongfrully dismissed as a judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

According to Mr. Harhoff, his dismissal had no proper legal basis in the statutes of the court. Moreover, he was denied a chance to defend himself against allegations that he had called his own impartiality as a judge into question when, in a private email, he expressed concerns about new case law at the court.

The letter was sent to 56 Danes and subsequently intercepted by the Danish tabloid paper B.T. and published in June.

Mr. Harhoff’s objections are endorsed by several fellow judges at the war tribunal, who prefer to remain anonymous, as well as by an American law professor, contacted by Information.

The Danish judge was accused by a Serbian politician - charged with war crimes - of having expressed bias against Serbs in general and senior military officers in particular in his criticism of a recent case law revision at the Hague Tribunal.

 

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Niels-Holger Nielsen

Den anden vej rundt for en gangs skyld?
Er det en artikel, som Martin Burghardt har skrevet for Guardian, eller har han bare været så længe i staterne, at han kun tænker og skriver på engelsk? Måske er det 'bare' Niels Ivar Larsen, som er syg, eller forhindret af Bodil?