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The Road to Reconciliation?

Optimizing the Legitimacy and Efficacy of The International Criminal Court within The African Union and Africa

Book | 1st edition 2023 | World | Ingrid Roestenburg-Morgan

It is close to a decade now that tensions continue to obstinately persist between the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the African Union (AU) to the point of numerous threatened en masse withdrawals by African States from the Rome Statute. The latter of which have been vociferously outed and spurred on by the African Union. This, automatically following in the wake of an all exclusive African caseload comprising influential African Heads of State, all of whom have been indicted by the ICC. As a result of these ongoing tensions a legitimacy crisis of the ICC in Africa has been predicated on this basis with the foremost accusation labeling the ICC as a neocolonialist organization bent on derailing peace and sovereignty in Africa. Hurled accusations like these, against the Court, has propelled a negative perception of the ICC in Africa which accordingly and likewise brings with it the question whether the ICC is able to effect legitimate, meaningful and effective justice in Africa?

The main aim of this thesis is therefore to determine whether the ICC is indeed
suffering from such a legitimacy crisis particularly within the African Union, and then by extension in Africa, and to subsequently explore and reduce this legitimacy crisis under common identified legitimacy deficient fault lines. As such, this research aims to address identified rifts, propose solutions and enhance the legitimacy and efficacy of the ICC and its Prosecutor within the African Union and most importantly within Africa. The end goal of this thesis is thus to facilitate what might be considered a type of political reconciliation between both institutions, a rebuilding of the fractured relationship that now supposedly exists between the ICC and AU. The latter goal of reconciliation is considered crucial not only for the development and protection of human rights in Africa, particularly in terms of combatting impunity, but also is considered pertinent for an in depth understanding of human rights and its trajectory on the African continent which necessitates a deeper acknowledgement by the ICC and affiliated proponents on the dynamics that shape the African response to pivotal ICC criticisms.

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Type of product Book
Format Paperback
EAN / ISSN 9781839703720
Series name Human Rights Research Series
Weight 740 g
Status Available
Number of pages xvi + 414 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Sep 29, 2023
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