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The news of the arrest of one of Rwandan genocide most wanted suspects Félicien Kabuga is without doubt the biggest news in the ICL sphere this year. Kabuga is reported to have been arrested in the outskirts of Paris after 26 years on the run. Kabuga was indicted by the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UNICTR) in 1997 (amended indictment issued in 2011) on several counts of genocide, complicity in genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, attempt...


We introduced a depository of legal documents on this site sometime ago which contains documents that may be useful for researchers and practitioners interested in international criminal law and transitional justice in Africa. We have included national, regional and international documents that are available for download. If you have suggestions of documents we should add to the depository, please get in touch here. 


 We are delighted to announce that the group's latest publication, International Criminal Justice in Africa, 2018 has been published and is available for free download here.


The African Union (“AU”) recently resolved to request for an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice (“ICJ”) through the UN General Assembly (“UNGA”) on the question of the relationship between Articles 27 and 98 of the Rome Statute. This signals hope for a final resolution of the seemingly unresolved question of the immunity of heads of state of non-state parties from arrest by state parties to the Rome Statute.

The ICC’s decisions on this issue have been inconsistent and unpredic...

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