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The struggle for Maya land, oil, and gold

by Robin Llewellyn 11 July 2012 After two very recent attacks on Maya community leaders in Guatemala, the challenges faced by the lawyers applying domestic law and international indigenous rights legislation to these conflicts are revealing, as legal concepts are reinterpreted by governments in indigenous communities across the Maya region of Central America. On the night of 12 June two men broke into the home of José Tavico Tzunun in Santa Cruz del Qiché, Western Guatemala, and murdered him. Tzunun was a member of the K’iche’ Peoples Council in Defense of Life, Mother Nature, Earth, and Indigenous Territory. He helped […]

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Not even the US trusts the decisions of the ICJ

Belize is being shoved to go to the ICJ by the US OAS branch but when they had to get a ruling at the ICJ they basically said, “Oh hell no, this court is bullshit.” The United States and the ICJ The United States has long had an uneasy relationship with the International Court of Justice, which primarily arbitrates legal disputes among UN member nations that recognize its jurisdiction. The United States withdrew from the court’s compulsory jurisdiction in 1986 after the court ruled it owed Nicaragua war reparations. The United States also disagreed with the court’s stance that it […]


Belize v. Belize Social Development Ltd (2012)

668 F.3d 724 (2012) BELIZE SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT LIMITED, Appellant v. GOVERNMENT OF BELIZE, Appellee. No. 10-7167. United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit. Argued October 14, 2011. Decided January 13, 2012. Louis B. Kimmelman argued the cause and filed the briefs for appellant. Joseph S. Hall entered an appearance. Juan C. Basombrio, pro hac vice, argued the cause for appellee. With him on the brief was Jay C. Johnson. Before: ROGERS, GARLAND and KAVANAUGH, Circuit Judges. Opinion for the Court by Circuit Judge ROGERS. Dissenting opinion by Circuit Judge KAVANAUGH. ROGERS, Circuit Judge: This case involves a petition […]

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United States vs Hertular

UNITED STATES v. HERTULAR UNITED STATES of America, Appellee, v. Robert HERTULAR, Defendant-Appellant. 07-1453-cr. Docket No. Argued: June 19, 2008. — April 06, 2009 Before: STRAUB, RAGGI, Circuit Judges, and SESSIONS, District Judge. 1 Anirudh Bansal, Assistant United States Attorney (Jesse M. Furman, Katherine Polk Failla, Assistant United States Attorneys, of counsel), for Michael J. Garcia, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, New York, New York, for Appellee.Avrom Robin (Ira D. London, of counsel), Law Office of Ira D. London, New York, New York, for Defendant-Appellant. In a pro se submission, Hertular raises myriad other challenges. Through […]