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Title:The Creation of the ICC (International Criminal Court): Implications for Africa's Despots, Crackpots and Hotspots
Author:Du Plessis, Max
Periodical:African Security Review
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:international criminal law
International Criminal Court
criminal courts
Politics and Government
Law, Human Rights and Violence
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10246029.2003.9627244
Abstract:The implications for African States of the recently created International Criminal Court (ICC) should be carefully considered. There are far-reaching limitations placed on the ICC's jurisdictional scheme, both temporally as well as by the preconditions to the exercise of jurisdiction in the form of territoriality and nationality. The Court's power may also be constrained out of deference to the grant of an internationally acceptable amnesty, and national courts may be constrained to recognize immunities from prosecution for high-ranking officials. These limitations need to be properly understood so that the ICC can be effectively utilized by African States to declare and act upon their commitment to the principle of individual criminal liability for those responsible for the most serious crimes. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]