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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong needs to honour its real heroes, not government yes-men

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 06:08pm by Peter Kammerer

    ... from serving and retired judges and senior civil servants and lawmakers to top members of district councils, government statutory bodies and committees, to businesspeople. Typical is the Gold ...

  2. Judges at Balkans war crimes tribunal feel heat

    Posted Mar 10th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Yugoslavia in recent weeks is putting extra pressure on judges already under orders to wrap up cases as soon as possible. With dozens of cases to be heard and judged by the end of 2008, but leading ... future tribunal,' said American international law expert Jeremy Rabkin. 'To have an opinion written by some judges at The Hague doesn't establish much at all.' Tribunal ...

  3. Anwar sees little prospect of reform

    Posted Nov 20th 2004, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... the retirement of long-time prime minister Mahathir Mohamad and has launched a drive against political corruption. Some observers believed he was behind the September 2 decision by a three-judge panel ... affirmative that he has no intentions to interfere with the proceedings and decisions of the judiciary,' Mr Anwar said. 'But, of course, there are a lot of pressures on the judges ...

  4. A matter of trust: Blair lays his credibility on the line

    Posted Aug 31st 2003, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... minister's officials to be Kelly. His death prompted the inquiry headed by senior judge Lord Hutton - and Mr Blair's appearance. Rarely does a British leader have to face a judge to defend ... for the scandal. Kelly's family give evidence to Lord Hutton this week and the judge will then consider his response. But Mr Blair's government was already suffering the fallout, the experts ...

  5. Quest to unearth a tyrant's good side

    Posted Oct 15th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... The five judges will enter and he will stand, acknowledging their presence with great respect; they are, after all, the ones who, quite literally, hold the power of life and death. Then, ... Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, adamant he was still president and rejecting the court's jurisdiction. 'How can you judge me in advance when I have not yet been tried,' he fumed ...

  6. Trial and error

    Posted Aug 01st 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... countries. They warn, though, that finding the best approach is a matter of trial and error and could yet take decades. Renowned lawyer and judge with the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Geoffrey ... international tribunal was set up in 1995 following the slaughter of up to two million people in Rwanda the previous year. With nine judges and four trial chambers, the International Criminal Tribunal ...

  7. Arroyo's war on graft falls short of mark

    Posted Jul 23rd 2003, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... with corruption. Courts are still hearing the cases. Judge Espanol, who presides over a regional trial court in the Manila district of Cavite, said not one of the more than 500 cases before her at present ... 'I'm always hopeful that Mrs Arroyo will realise and make a serious follow-through of her pronouncements,' Judge Espanol said. 'In the al-Ghozi case, the police and military ...

  8. Spin wears thin

    Posted Aug 28th 2009, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... years ago, but politics and religion mean that it is now far from being so. A judge's ruling that a part-time model and mother of two be caned for drinking three glasses of beer puts ...

  9. The other Bush legacy

    Posted Jan 16th 2009, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... achievements while detractors from the soon-to-be-in-power Democrats have little good to say about his presidency. History is the final judge, of course- but for now, I prefer to stay firmly ...

  10. Keen on Keynes

    Posted Dec 19th 2008, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Peter Kammerer With the year winding down, that inevitable question is doing the rounds again: who has been the most influential person? Time magazine would seem to have given the obvious answer on Wednesday, naming US president-elect Barack Obama. For those who judge such matters by media profile and popularity, this is a good choice. But if impact is to be the yardstick, we ...




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