Category Archives: Africa

How Three Words Could Change the ICC-Africa Relationship

Much of the fraught relationship between the International Criminal Court (ICC) and African states hinges on perceptions and misperceptions of the Court’s role on the continent. There are so many conflicting narratives of the ICC’s impact in Africa, so many … Continue reading

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Between Disdain and Dependency — Uganda’s Controversial Place in the ICC-Africa Relationship

This article was written for a symposium, organized by the Italian Institute for International Political Studies, entitled “Africa vs the ICC: Searching for an Exit Strategy”. I encourage all readers to check out the other submissions, including those by ICC Judge Cuno … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Dominic Ongwen ICC, ICC Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC), International Criminal Justice, Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), northern Uganda, Uganda | 2 Comments

The Hybrid Court for South Sudan? Looking for a Way Forward (Part 2)

Patryk I. Labuda joins JiC for this second piece of a two-part series on the ongoing political and legal challenges facing the creation of the proposed hybrid tribunal for South Sudan. The first part can be read here. In the first post, I considered a number of … Continue reading

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Re-Setting the Clock – South African Court Rules ICC Withdrawal Unconstitutional

For proponents of the rule of law, today’s ruling that the South African government’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) was unconstitutional is a major victory. Set aside opinions on membership in the ICC itself; the decision by the High Court in Pretoria defended something … Continue reading

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Not All it’s Cracked Up to Be – The African Union’s “ICC Withdrawal Strategy”

I want to make something clear from the outset: what follows is not a defence of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Seriously. It may sound like one or be interpreted as one, but it is not one. What follows is an attempt … Continue reading

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Could Yahya Jammeh End Up at the International Criminal Court?

It was unthinkable just a few short weeks ago. But today, Yahya Jammeh is no longer in power in The Gambia. Following last-minute mediation efforts by West African leaders, Jammeh’s twenty-two year-long rule came to a much-anticipated conclusion last week. After weeks … Continue reading

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In Withdrawal? Africa and the International Criminal Court

With speculation regarding the future of the relationship between African states and the International Criminal Court (ICC) ongoing, I was recently asked by the International Institute for Strategic Studies to pen a longer piece explaining the sources of tensions in the Africa-ICC … Continue reading

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