Africa and International Criminal Justice: Radical Evils and the International Criminal Court

1st Edition

Fred Aja Agwu

Routledge
December 6, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 248 Pages
ISBN 9780367359379 - CAT# 326804
Series: Routledge Research in the Law of Armed Conflict

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Summary

This book provides an overview of crimes under international law, Radical Evils, in a number of African states. This overview informs a critical analysis of the debates surrounding the African Union’s call for withdrawal from the International Criminal Court and proposes a way forward with a more pertinent role for the Court.

The work critically analyses the arguments around withdrawal from the ICC and the extension of the jurisdiction of the African Court into criminal matters. It is held that this was not intended in the spirit of complementarity as envisaged by the Rome Statute, and is subject to political calculation and manipulation by national governments. Recasting the ICC as a court of second instance would provide a stronger institutional and jurisdictional regime.

The book will be a valuable resource for students, academics and policy-makers working in the areas of International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law, African Studies and Genocide Studies.

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