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Title:The ICC's favourite customer: Africa and international criminal law
Author:Igwe, Chikeziri SamISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:The Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa
Volume:41
Issue:2
Pages:294-323
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
Rwanda
Sierra Leone
Subjects:international criminal law
International Criminal Court
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
international criminal courts
Abstract:Proponents of international criminal law (ICL) argue that establishing international criminal courts would deter government officials and warlords from committing grave crimes against humanity, achieve justice and facilitate peace making in countries torn by crisis. This article tests the above theory by surveying the practice of international criminal law in Africa. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, as well as attempts by several African States to implement the Rome Statute or take advantage of its complementarity jurisdiction provide a context for assessing the value of ICL. This article concludes that while ICL has brought a number of war criminals and genocidiaries to justice in Africa, its prospects for peace, justice and deterrence remain elusive. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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