December 2019 
Dear <<First Name>>

Welcome to the third edition of our monthly newsletter, the final for the year and this decade!
 

2019 Year in Review 


Thank you for supporting us throughout this year, our first year in existence. It has been a big first year for our small team and we have had an impact. 

We are working on important accountability projects and cases for legal action with our partners and communities in Australia and abroad. We have published policy submissions, appeared before a parliamentary committee, and provided commentary on international justice in the media in relation to our legal advocacy. We also hosted our first successful event!

We are grateful for your support. We wish you all happy and restful holiday season and our best wishes for the new year.  

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Our Legal Advocacy 
Report | ICC Assembly of States Parties 2019 

Read our report on the highlights from our first presence at the ASP. The ACIJ was the first ever Australian civil society organisation present at the ASP since the ICC was founded in 2002! We were proud to have been in attendance to learn from and contribute to the discussions and meet our friends and partners working to end impunity for the most egregious violations of human rights. 
Holiday Reading and Listening
Law Versus Power
How can you use the law as a tool to fight for human rights and challenge power? This account from Berlin-based international lawyer Wolfgang Kaleck is a must read. Read this review here.
Asymmetrical Haircuts
Regular podcast on all things international justice by women talking to women in international law. 
Listen here
'The Ratline' - BBC Intrigue
A podcast from 2018, follow writer and barrister Philippe Sands as he investigates a senior Austrian Nazi indicted for mass murder but escaped justice after the war.  
Listen here 
TWAILR
Critical approaches to international law comes from TWAIL, a movement of scholars and practitioners of international law oriented to the Global South. The TWAIL Review (TWAILR) is the first continuous publication dedicated to the TWAIL network. Visit TWAILR.
News & Current Affairs 
Australian war crimes in Afghanistan / AFP confirm second investigation into allegations of war crimes in Afghanistan
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CIA Torture / Abu Zubaydah, detained since 2002, made detailed drawings depicting his torture at Guantanamo Bay that the US government refused to release. A US Court recently ordered their release and they are published for the first time
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Palestine and the ICC / The ICC's Office of the Prosecutor seeks to open formal investigation into the situation of Palestine but first seeks ruling from the Pre-Trial Chamber relating to the scope of territorial jurisdiction
Read more

Democratic Republic of the Congo / Switzerland launches investigation into a Swiss businessman for the war crime of pillage over allegations he illegally dealt in metals during the DRC's civil war, in a criminal complaint brought by Trial International and Open Society Justice initiative
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Sudan / Sudan launches investigation into crimes committed in the Darfur region under former President Omar al-Bashir
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Yemen / Human rights groups file communication with the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC to investigate corporate executives from arms manufacturers and government officials selling arms for use in the war on Yemen

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Afghanistan / Confidential papers reveal US officials fail to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan in papers released under FOI litigation revealing horrific impact on Afghan civilians 
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Notice Board
Lawyers study tour of Palestine & Israel / APAN is hosting a 12-day educational tour in March 2020 for Australian lawyers with Palestinian human rights organisation Al Haq. Visit here for more.
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