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INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AFRICA

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Le 5 mars 2020, la Chambre d’appel de la Cour pénale internationale ( CPI) a décidé à l’unanimité d’autoriser le Procureur d’ouvrir une enquête pour des crimes présumés relevant de la compétence de la CPI en lien avec la situation en Afghanistan.

La Chambre d’appel a, dans son arrêt, amendé la décision « controversée » de la Chambre préliminaire II de la CPI du 12 avril 2019 qui avait rejeté la demande du Procureur et avait conclu que l’ouverture d’une enquête « ne servirait pas les intérêts de la...

2020-2-24

This post was first published at Justice in Conflict blog

The world watched with interest when it was announced that Sudanese authorities were planning to “hand over” Omar Al Bashir, the ousted president, to the International Criminal Court.

It has been more than 10 years since the ICC issued the first of two warrants for Al Bashir. Despite outstanding obligations on states to co-operate with the Court and surrender Al Bashir to The Hague, he travelled widely, including to member-states of the ICC....

2019-12-01

The Gambia’s suit against the Republic of the Union of Myanmar at the ICJ continues to attract legal commentary on issues that may arise in the litigation. The latest take by Balingene Kahombo looks at options for individual criminal accountability if, hypothetically, the ICJ were to find Myanmar responsible under the Genocide Convention. Read the full post here.

On 11 November 2019, the Republic of The Gambia (Gambia) filed a complaint against the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Myanmar) in the International Court of Justice (ICJ). It is alleged that Myanmar’s government has adopted, taken and condoned criminal acts against members of the Rohingya group, acts aiming at the total or partial destruction of the Rohingya as a distinct ethnic, racial and religious group and thus constituting the crime of genocide. The acts complained of were committed in the...

2019-11-25

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. 

2019-11-20

Impassible lors du prononcé de sa peine par les juges de la Cour pénale internationale, Bosco Ntaganda, ancien chef d’état-major de l’Union des patriotes congolais (UPC) dirigé par Thomas Lubanga, a écopé d’une peine de 30 ans de prison, la plus lourde jamais prononcée jusque-là par la CPI. 

En effet, le système de détermination des peines de la Cour semblait beaucoup plus clément par rapport à celui des tribunaux pénaux ad hocet même de certains États parties comme la RDC[1].  

Pour compr...

2019-11-05

 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.

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.

The decision of Pre-Trial Chamber II (PTC II) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to reject the Prosecutor’s request to open an investigation for alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes in the territory of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (Afghanistan) seems controversial, in particular with regard to the legal, but above all the political aspects of the decision. This decision raises an important legal question about the combined interpretation of Articles 15(3) and 53(1)(c) of th...

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