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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...

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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