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“The ICC and Africa: Worrying Decisions to Withdraw”

More than ten years after the establishment of the International Criminal Court, Africa continues to dominate the work of and debates on this court. We cannot deny that the relationship between Africa and the Court has been troublesome. The recent decisions of Burundi, South Africa, and Gambia to deposit instruments of withdrawal to the UN…

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“Challenging the Culture of Impunity” | AFLA Seminar and Book Launch on the ICC: One Decade On

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, Allow me at the outset to express my sincere thanks to Africa Legal Aid and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands for hosting this important seminar, and for giving me the opportunity to talk to you today about such a crucial topic: the relationship of the International Criminal Court…

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“When we Don’t Speak the Same Language: the Challenges of Multilingual Justice at The ICC” | AFLA Seminar and Book Launch on the ICC: One Decade On

Introduction Excellencies, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. It is a privilege to be a part of the birthing process of what can only be described as one of Evelyn’s babies. It was a long process with intense labour pains, but the finished product is a testimony that hard work pays off. My contribution to…

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“Active Complementarity: The South African Example”

The International Criminal Court (ICC) continues to battle with allegations that it is targeting Africa. This unfortunate perception needs to be dealt with in a direct fashion by continuously delivering the message of complementarity. The principle of complementarity is one of the founding tenents of the Rome Statute and the vision of the drafters at…

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“Complementarity Beyond the ICC: The AU’s Malabo Protocol”

Complementarity is one of the key principles of the Rome Statute system for international criminal justice. Complementarity expresses the conviction that the ICC is, and should be, a court of last resort. This means that the ICC only has, or should only assume, jurisdiction when national courts are unable or unwilling to take responsibility for…

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”Africa and the ICC: One Decade On” | Africa and the ICC: Lessons Learned and Synergies Ahead

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Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Guests and Colleagues, I join previous speakers in acknowledging and commending Africa Legal Aid for its important contribution to advancing the course of international criminal justice. My thanks go to you Evelyn and your co-hosts for your unyielding commitment to this cause, for the organisation of this conference and affording…

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”Defense Perspectives” | Africa and the ICC: Lessons Learned and Synergies Ahead

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Cooperation – Provisional Release This year has seen some welcome developments in cooperation in the first Memorandum of Understanding signed agreement concerning the interim release of detainees, made between the ICC and the Belgian government (10 April 2014). Belgian became the first country to indicate a willingness to accept suspects and accused on provisional release.…

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”Ending Impunity for Massive Crimes: Prosecutorial Strategies” | Africa and the ICC: Lessons Learned and Synergies Ahead

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Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Guests, At the outset, I wanted to thank the students in the room for being here. I’m told that you have been patiently waiting for this evening’s session since early this afternoon. This demonstrates your commitment and interest in international criminal justice and our work at the ICC. I am…

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”The Victim in Focus: the Experience of the Trust Fund for Victims” | Africa and the ICC: Lessons Learned and Synergies Ahead

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Your Excellencies, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends, It is my great honour and pleasure to address you at this timely event that brought us all together in Johannesburg. I am deeply grateful to the organizers of this seminar, Africa Legal Aid in cooperation with International Commission of Jurists-Kenya (ICJ-Kenya) and the Center for Internationalisation…

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”Intensifying International Criminal Tribunal (ICT) Cooperation in Africa: Protection of Victims and Witnesses: The African Experience” | Africa and the ICC: Lessons Learned and Synergies Ahead

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I) Introduction The protection and support of witnesses and victims before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the Special Court of Sierra Leone have  been in Africa excellent tools for ensuring fair, transparent and equitable justice to both the victims and the accused persons. Witnesses are a key component of the judicial process…

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