The ABA’s ICC Project & Stanford Law release most recent Arguendo on the recent tension between the AU and the International Criminal Court.
Washington D.C., Dec. 8, 2014 – The American Bar Association’s International Criminal Court (ICC) Project and Stanford Law School Program in International and Comparative Law are pleased to announce the release of the latest online expert roundtable, Arguendo, on the relationship between the African Union and the International Criminal Court.
To discuss the future of the African Union and the International Criminal Court, a highly distinguished panel was assembled: Professor Beth Van Schaack, former Deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues; Professor David Bosco, Assistant Professor at American University’s School of International Service; Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Researcher the Institute for Security Studies (ISS); and Professor M. Kamari Clarke, Professor of Anthropology and International and Area Studies at Yale University.
In her article, Professor Van Schaack examines the background and legality of arrest warrants for sitting Heads of State of African nations. Professor David Bosco argues that the African countries critical of the ICC should either accept the jurisdiction of the Court or reconsider their statuses as States Parties, rather than continuing a tense relationship. Ms. Maunganidze cautions against an oversimplification of the relationship, pointing to the variety of approaches to cooperation with the Court among African nations. Professor Clarke advocates for the establishment of an African court with criminal jurisdiction that works alongside the ICC.
We encourage you to visit this latest Arguendo, and please comment with your ideas and responses.
The American Bar Association’s (ABA) International Criminal Court (ICC) Project is an independent initiative of the ABA Center for Human Rights that advances international criminal justice and US-ICC relations through advocacy, education and practical legal assistance. More information about the ABA’s ICC Project can be found at its website.