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 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...


This interview is a few days old, but still well worth a read for those who haven't yet come across it.

You can access the interview here.

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.


Le 15 janvier 2019, la Chambre de première instance de la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) a prononcé l’acquittement de l’ancien président ivoirien Laurent Gbagbo et son principal bras droit, monsieur Charles Blé Goudé et a ordonné leur libération immédiate. Les deux hommes étaient poursuivis pour crimes contre l’humanité commis dans le contexte de la crise post-électorale ivoirienne de 2010 qui a fait plus de 3000 morts. Arrêtés respectivement en 2011 (Gbagbo) et en 2013 (Blé Goudé),...

Steven W.S. Kayuni [1]

Let me start with the following proposition: Every interpretation of the Rome Statute and/or procedural mechanism leading to an acquittal at the ICC is brave. It confirms the apparent perceptions and animus of the framers of the Rome Statute i.e. a new experiment in global justice that is not characterized by the traditional dialectic of north and south, rich and poor, first world and third world, Great Powers and everyone else but genuinely egalitarian in structure and profo...

Présentation des faits

Sur la base d’un mandat d’arrêt délivré le 7 décembre 2018 par la CPI, les autorités françaises ont procédé, le 12 décembre 2018, à l’arrestation de Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona, un ancien coordinateur  du groupe armé Anti Balaka et ancien ministre des sports du Président François Bozizé (2003-2013).

L’intéressé est soupçonné de crimes de guerre et de crimes contre l’humanité qui auraient été commis dans l’ouest de la RCA entre septembre 2013 et décembre 2014. Il e...


1. The facts

In the Central African Republic (CAR) II situation, Albert Yekatom alias ‘Rambo’, the former leader of the Anti-Balaka militia, was surrendered by CAR authorities to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 17 November 2018, to answer for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the western part of CAR between December 2013 and December 2014.

This surrender was carried out following a warrant of arrest issued, under seal, by the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II, against Yeka...

MONDAY, 22 October 2018 marked a significant day for international criminal justice in the Central African Republic (CAR). It marked the first session of the Cour Pénale Spéciale de la République Centrafricaine or Special Criminal Court (SCC), a hybrid tribunal integrated into the CAR's domestic legal system. Now that the SCC is up and running, it represents an opportunity to ensure accountability for international crimes and justice for the victims of such crimes in the CAR since 2003.


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