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Copyright (c) 2012 North Carolina Central University School of Law
North Carolina Central Law Review

LECTURE: AFRICA AND THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT: COLLISION COURSE OR COOPERATION?

2012

Mercer Law Review

34 N.C. Cent. L. Rev. 203

Author

Charles Chernor Jalloh*

Excerpt



I. Introduction
 
It gives me great pleasure to speak with you this evening on one of the most important questions for the success, and indeed the future, of the International Criminal Court (ICC). As you probably know, in terms of significance for international law, the ICC is arguably the most important international institution to be established in the 20th century since the creation of the United Nations in 1945. Its creation has therefore been described as a "Grotian" or watershed moment for international law. My presentation focuses on developments in Africa, the experimental farm for the ICC, since the Court's establishment in July 2002.

By way of a roadmap, I will start, firstly, by providing some background about the African role in the global struggle for international justice, especially the establishment of the ICC. As part of this, I will highlight the continent's efforts to ensure human security, in the aftermath of the Cold War. I suggest that the establishment of the African Union (AU), the regional body comprised of all countries on the continent excepting Morocco, is an integral part of this trend.

In the second part of my remarks, I will examine the key concerns raised by the AU about the ICC's recent work in Africa. In this regard, I focus specifically on the fallout from the Sudan situation, in particular, the issuance of an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al Bashir. I show that concern over the sequencing of peace and justice ...
 
 
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