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Transparency International's Global Corruption Barometer for Africa makes for compelling reading e.g. it was found that more than one in four people in Africa who accessed public services paid a bribe in the previous year.

The survey results can be accessed via this link and is presented by way of user-friendly graphs and videos.

A new publication, The African Court of Justice and Human Peoples' Rights in Context: Development and Challenges (edited by Charles Jalloh, Kamari Clarke and Vincent Nmehielle and published by Cambridge University Press), is available for download here as an open source text.

It looks to be an impressive piece of work covering a range of topics, including the Malabo Protocol. I am sure that it will offer interesting (and useful) reading for those interested in ICJ in Africa.

As many of you would know, the ICC Appeals Chamber is currently receiving submissions from the parties and amici curiae (including the African Union) on the above-mentioned appeal. The AC had earlier provided a list of issues/questions "intended to guide the parties and amici curiae in their submissions". 

The list of questions is definitely worth a read. It certainly contains plenty food for thought for those interested in issue of HoS immunity and international crime.

The quest...

We are happy to announce that the group's latest publication, International Criminal Justice in Africa, 2017,  is now available for free download.

Grab a copy here and please share.

The divergence of opinion regarding head of state immunity for international crimes remained in the headlines in the month of February. In particular, there have been two seemingly conflicting developments on this front in Africa:

1. AU request for advisory opinion on head of state immunity

At the beginning of February at the 30th African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government, the African Union decided to pursue a request for an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice on the...

Our site now features a depository of international legal instruments. You will be able to download a host of international, regional, and national legal instruments relevant to international criminal law in Africa. We will be adding more instruments to the depository over the coming months. If you have any suggestions for instruments (especially on the national level) to be added to the depository, please get in touch here.

Here is a link to a nice short article (also containing a link to a longer academic version) on the International Criminal Court and reparations for victims of international crimes with a view to the 'imminent' reparations decision in the Bemba case.  

The 16th session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute took place from 4-14 December 2017 in New York. The ASP meets once a year and represents the ICC's management oversight and legislative body. It provides an avenue for state parties to consider inter alia proposals to amend the Rome Statute, the activation of the Court's jurisdiction over the crime of aggression, and the budget of the Court.

Here is a quick overview of significant developments at this year's ASP:

- The crim...

South Africa's proposed withdrawal from the Rome Statute has been on the cards for some time now. It was sparked by the clash of legal opinion between the South African government and the ICC concerning South Africa's failure to arrest and surrender ICC suspect, President Al Bashir, when he visited South Africa for the AU Summit in 2015. Though an earlier effort on the part of the South African government to withdraw was thwarted on procedural grounds in the High Court - ruling that the decision t...

Today marks a historic day for the International Criminal Court (ICC). After many years of political conflict between the Court and Africa, Burundi has today officially become the first state party to withdrawn from the Court.

In April 2015, widespread electoral violence erupted in Burundi when President Nkurunziza ran for a third term in office. The move was widely viewed as unconstitutional. The ensuing violence resulted in hundreds of killings and forced hundreds of thousands of persons to flee...

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