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Title:The ICC's (International Criminal Court) Role in Africa
Author:Engelbrecht, Gysbert
Periodical:African Security Review
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:international criminal law
International Criminal Court
criminal courts
Law, Human Rights and Violence
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10246029.2003.9627236
Abstract:States can only address the effects of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, by confronting them. The International Criminal Court (ICC) is an effort by many of the States in the world to collectively address any occurrences of such crimes, no matter where they are committed. This paper explains the way in which the ICC will function. It looks at the ICC itself in terms of the jurisdiction of the court, the concept of complementarity and the role and powers of the prosecutor of the court and analyses the possible role of the court in Africa. It uses the case of Rwanda as an example. In the context of Africa it is important to have a body such as the ICC to serve as a complementary judicial body to watch over the judicial practices of States, as well as to become involved the moment that a State is unwilling or unable to do so itself. It would appear though that, for the time being, the role of the ICC is limited. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]