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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years of political conflict between the Court and Africa, Burundi has today officially become the first state party to withdrawn from the Court.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...

This should be an interesting and informative seminar for those interested and able to attend. The KAS African Group of Experts on International Criminal Justice will be represented by Dr Beitel van der Merwe and Dr Eki Omorogbe (also the organiser of the event).

The seminar will be hosted simultaneously in Johannesburg and Leicester with venues linked via Skype. Best of all - attendance is free! 

For better of for worse, it is extremely hard to insulate international criminal law from the influence of politics. Volumes have been written on the law and politics of the Nuremberg IMT, the trial of Eichmann in Jerusalem and the ad hoc tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia (to name only a few). It is well-known that international courts and tribunals employ various non-legal stratagems to ensure state support in the form of, for example, funding, cooperation with arrest and detention o...

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