Africa and the Future of International Criminal Justice

Vincent O. Nmehielle (redactie) 9789490947620 | 1e druk, 2012


Africa and the Future of International Criminal Justice examines critical issues concerning Africa as a place in which international criminal accountability mechanisms have played, and still continue to play a prominent role in the efforts to deal with and to tackle impunity for atrocity crimes. It interrogates important questions relating to Africa’s importance to international criminal justice as exemplified by the activities of international criminal accountability mechanisms. Some examples are the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the International Criminal Court (ICC).The contributions in the volume discuss the contentions about whether Africa is particularly targeted for international justice accountability experiments as well as the politics of international criminal justice. International politics continue to shape Africa’s relationship with international justice mechanisms and initiatives as demonstrated by the recent concerns of the African Union about the activities of the ICC in Africa. This publication clarifies that the ICC, as a permanent global international criminal accountability mechanism needs Africa and that Africa needs the ICC for full and effective realization of the normative prescriptions of the Rome Statute in Africa. In this regard the publication places the complementarity principle of the Rome Statute at the centre to enable Africa to take credible ownership of justice for atrocity crimes on the continent.


This publication is aimed at academics in the field of international public law and criminology.


Professor Vincent O. Nmehielle has over 21 years of professional and academic experience. He is currently the Head of the Wits Programme in Law, Justice and Development in Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Law, Johannesburg, South Africa where he has taught since February 2002. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Nmehielle held the Bram Fischer Chair in Human Rights Law at Wits Law School from 2002-2004. He was a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the Oxford University and George Washington University Human Rights Program in 2003 and 2004. From 2005-2008 Nmehielle served as the Principal Defender of the United Nations-Backed Special Court for Sierra Leone in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He returned to Wits in June 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Rivers State University of Science & Technology, Port Harcourt, Nigeria; a Master of Laws degree in International Law from the University of Notre Dame, in the USA; and a Doctor of Juridical Science Degree in International & Comparative Law from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Nmehielle’s professional, academic and research interest is in the theme area of Law, Governance, Justice and Development in Africa.



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