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Title:The International Criminal Court and conflict transformation in Uganda: views from the field
Author:Malu, Linus Nnabuike
Periodical:African Journal on Conflict Resolution (ISSN 1562-6997)
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:International Criminal Court
Lord's Resistance Army
conflict resolution
Abstract:The International Criminal Court (ICC) commenced investigation of the armed conflict in Uganda in 2004. In 2005 it issued arrest warrants for five leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). This article examines how the court's involvement in the situation has impacted on conflict transformation in Uganda after ten years of judicial work. It also addresses the problem of assessing the impact of law on conflict through the use of an analytical framework that is based on four variables: deterrence, victims' rights, reconciliation, and accountability to the law. Relying on this framework, and on a report of a field research project in Uganda, it argues that the ICC's intervention has had multiple impacts on the situation in Uganda, and that despite some arguments to the contrary, the ICC does promote conflict transformation through deterrence, promotion of accountability to the law and promotion of victims' rights. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]