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Title:Justice Empowered or Justice Hampered: The International Criminal Court in Darfur
Author:Aptel Williamson, CÚcile
Periodical:African Security Review
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:civil wars
International Criminal Court
international politics
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Politics and Government
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10246029.2006.9627385
Abstract:In March 2005, when the United Nations Security Council decided to refer the situation in Darfur to the International Criminal Court (ICC), supporters of such legal action were quick to proclaim the advent of a new era in which international criminal justice would prevail. A year later, it appears that the ICC's investigators have yet to set foot in Darfur to begin gathering information on the ground. The ICC prosecutor has repeatedly reported to the Security Council the numerous difficulties his team encounters, notably in providing protection to potential witnesses. The Sudanese government has so far maintained its obstructive position, arguing that it is capable of handling such cases within its own sovereign jurisdiction. The imperative of excluding the ICC from Darfur has contributed to Khartoum's objections to the deployment of a UN force to replace the African Union mission there. In light of the limits of the mandate of the ICC, and of the challenges it faces, this article examines what it can reasonably be expected to achieve in Darfur. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]