Perspectives on international criminal justice in Africa, robust discussion on understanding Africa's position
31 Jul 2012
On Wednesday 4 July and Thursday 5 July we organised two meetings on international criminal justice in Africa. Discussions underlined African concerns about some aspects of international criminal justice. As a follow up, THIGJ and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) will collaborate to further develop a project addressing some of the issues.
George Mukundi Wachira, Freedom House
Wednesday 4 July, THIGJ hosted a workshop on African perspectives on international criminal justice which was part of the Peace and Justice project of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the municipality of The Hague. Willem van Genugten and Anton du Plessis (Institute for Security Studies) highlighted the complexities of international criminal justice and African perspectives on this matter. Debate among prominent practitioners in the field of international law focused mainly on (the impact of) the overlap between law, politics and power, as well as on the victims of international crimes and their expectations of what international criminal justice can do.
On Thursday 5 July, two eminent speakers elaborated on the issues addressed the previous day and discussed the challenges and consequences of the expansion of the African Court as well as the African Unions position on universal jurisdiction and immunity. The ensuing robust discussion underlined African concerns about some aspects of international criminal justice and revealed that issues such as how to balance law and politics, how to address the uneven landscape of international criminal justice or how to deal with the expansion of the African Court need further consideration after the seminar. As a follow up to the workshop, THIGJ and ISS will collaborate to further develop a project addressing some of these issues.
Please contact Tessa Alleblas for more information on this project.