To commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the International Criminal Court (ICC), AFLA, in cooperation with the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC), the Commonwealth Secretariat and other stakeholders will convene a high level pan-African and lessons learned conference entitled “Africa and the ICC: 10 Years On”. The meeting will be held in Arusha, Tanzanaia, from 28th February to 1st March 2013. Arusha, Tanzania has been chosen as the venue for the conference because of its strategic location: it is the seat of both the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UN-ICTR), and the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. As well, it is in close geographical proximity with the ICC situation countries of Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
This conference is part of AFLA’s ongoing efforts to engage civil societies across Africa in a series of “lessons learned capacity building exercises” on Africa and the ICC. It is aimed at taking stock of what impact the ICC and international criminal justice have had on the African continent and at promoting ratification of the ICC Statute in Africa, as well as increase understanding and access to the ICC so as to help enhance African support and cooperation for the ICC.
Approximately 100 people will participate in the conference including legal fraternities, gender advocates, academics, and opinion leaders. Participants will not only include civil society groups but also Attorneys-General and Justice Ministers from African State parties to the ICC. Their counterparts from ICC state parties from Northern countries will participate to share experiences on complementarity of International Justice at the National Level; the status of the ongoing ratification process and implementation of the ICC Statute, which are truly essential in support of ICC in Africa.
We are honored to have among conference speakers the following: President of Assembly of State Parties to the ICC Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, President of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights Justice Sophia Akuffo, and Lead Defense Counsel for Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui case before the ICC Kilenda Kakengi.
For additional information, please contact Sunnie Dorlas-Achurobwe: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please find below the conference program.