Recently, the International Criminal Court (ICC) Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng noted in his foreword to a SALC report that the “entry into force of the Rome Statute of the ICC in 2002 is likely the most significant event in the coming-of-age of international criminal justice.” Its significance is undeniable and the support of 122 countries, at least on paper, is testament to this.

The intense interest and huge hype generated by the search for a successor to Moreno Ocampo as the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) by state parties, powerful non-member states and international justice actors is telling.

Countries must support Court at African Union summit

Seven years ago, Congolese soldiers attacked Kilwa – looting, murdering and raping their way through the remote town in central Katanga. At the end of the raid, over 70 people had been killed and many more raped and injured by the troops. It was a barbaric attack – one of many in the eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the last decade. But what made the Kilwa incident different was the allegation that Anvil Mining – an Australian-Canadian company operating a large silver and copper mine nearby – had provided the soldiers with logistical support.

One of the contentious issues that arises in debates about universal jurisdiction is whether international law allows for what has been called “universal jurisdiction in absentia”. The question is whether a State may initiate criminal proceedings, for international crimes, against persons who are not present within the territory of the prosecuting State.

Spare a thought for African Union (AU) chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. Each has been tasked with providing leadership to prominent, if vulnerable, international bodies and will be judged on their records of leading their respective institutions to robust health. They are tasked at a time when female global leadership remains a rare phenomenon and African female leadership at the global level is rarer still.

140 CSOs call on new AU Chair to work with ICC

African CSOs urge AU to boost cooperation with ICC to ensure accountability for grave crimes

Civil society salutes refusal to host AU summit

One of the most controversial foreign policy decisions taken by the government of Malawi in recent times is the barring of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir from entry into Malawi to attend a planned summit of the African Union.

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