Modern Law Review: The Crisis of International Criminal Law in Africa, 7 November 2017

‘The Crisis of International Criminal Law in Africa’ seminar is part of the prestigious Modern Law Review Series and jointly organised by the University of Johannesburg, the University of Leicester and the International Law and Policy in Africa Network (ILPAN).

This seminar concerns the backlash against International Criminal Law in Africa and addresses

  • Whether the International Criminal Court (ICC) is able to prosecute acting Heads of State and if so, on whose request (immunities).
  • The African Union’s resistance to ICC jurisdiction over Heads of African States and objection to ICC universal jurisdiction.
  • The withdrawal of African states from the ICC and what that means to the ICC and International Criminal Law in general.
  • How to move forward from the crisis of the relationship between the ICC and African states.

The seminar participants have been chosen to allow for a range of expertise and opinions. Participants include advocates of the ICC (Judge Morrison, ICC), and sceptics (Addirdeiry Ahmed, ex-Ambassador of the Sudan). Participants include the ICRC (an inter-governmental organisation, represented at this event by Sarah Swart), and African and European  scholars from the International Law and Policy in Africa Network (ILPAN).

Programme pdf file

The event is organised by Dr Eki Omorogbe, Leicester Law School and Prof. Hennie Strydom, University of Johannesburg. 

Confirmed speakers

  • Chair: Professor Bill Bowring, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • Judge Morrison, International Criminal Court (ICC)
  • Sarah Swart, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • Dr Eki Y. Omorogbe, University of Leicester
  • Dr Beitel van Der Merwe, SOAS, London
  • Dr John-Mark Iyi, University of Venda
  • Dr Addirdeiry Ahmed, University of Khartoum
  • Prof Hennie Strydom, University of Johannesburg
  • Dr Konstantin Magliveras, University of the Aegean
  • Dr Yassin Brunger, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr Sherif Elgebeily, Centre for the Study of International Peace and Security
  • Dr Adam Branch, University of Cambridge
  • Details

    Date: Tuesday 7 November 2017, 8.45am–5:00pm
    Venue: Haldane Room, Fielding Johnson Building, University of Leicester, UK
    Faculty of Law, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
    Contact: For bookings or further enquiries
    Poster pdf file

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