Jus Cogens International Law Updates #8 - 14 June 2021

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1. On the 16th of June we will officially be saying goodbye to current ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, after which Karim Khan will be taking the post. In Bensouda’s final briefing before the UN security council, which took place on the 9th of june, the chief prosecutor took the opportunity to reflect on her recent visit to Sudan, and emphasised the urgent need to execute the four outstanding arrest warrants, including the warrant for former Sudanese Minister of state, Ahmad Harun.

2. The European Commission has sent a letter of formal notice to Germany, stating a breach of the principle of supremacy of European Union Law. The infringement proceeding is the result of the German Federal Constitutional Court’s PSPP judgement of May 5th 2020. Here the Court declared that the Public Sector Purchase Programme of the European Central Bank, as well as the Heinrich Weiss judgement of the European Court of Justice were ultra vires. The commission noted it is concerned about the precedent being set by the German court for other Member States. Germany has two months to respond.

3. Lastly, the Jus Cogens blog is open to submissions for its International Criminal Law series, where we focus on the international criminal court but also general international criminal law. Submissions should be no longer than 1500 words and can be sent to our editors at juscogensblog@gmail.com. For more information, check out our blog at juscogens.law.blog.

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