Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=1698839
 
 

Footnotes (157)



 


 



Assessing the African Union Concerns about Article 16 of the Rome State of the International Criminal Court


Charles Chernor Jalloh


Assistant Professor and Buchanan, Ingersoll and Rooney Faculty Scholar, University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Visiting Associate Professor, FIU College of Law

Dapo Akande


University of Oxford - Faculty of Law

Max Du Plessis


Institute for Security Studies (ISS); University of KwaZulu-Natal - Faculty of Law

April 27, 2011

African Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 4, pp. 5-50, 2011
U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2011-14
Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 6/2011

Abstract:     
This article assesses the African Union’s (AU) concerns about Article 16 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). It seeks to articulate a clearer picture of the law and politics of deferrals within the context of the AU’s repeated calls to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC, or the Council) to invoke Article 16 to suspend the processes initiated by the ICC against President Omar Al Bashir of Sudan. The UNSC’s failure to accede to the AU request led African States to formally withhold cooperation from the ICC in respect to the arrest and surrender of the Sudanese leader. Given the AU’s continued concerns, and the current impasse, fundamental questions have arisen about the Council’s authority to exercise, or not exercise, its deferral power. This culminated into a November 2009 African proposal for an amendment to the Rome Statute to empower the UN General Assembly to act should the UNSC fail to act on a deferral request after six months. Although ICC States Parties have so far shown limited public support for the AU’s proposed amendment to the deferral provision, this article examines its merits because a failure to engage the “Article 16 problem” could impact international accountability efforts in the Sudan, and further damage the ICC’s credibility in Africa. This unresolved issue also has wider significance given that the matters underlying the tension – how ICC prosecutions may be reconciled with peacemaking initiatives and the role and power of the Council in ICC business – will likely arise in future situations from around the world.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 47

Keywords: African Union, AU, International Criminal Court, ICC, Security Council power to defer ICC situations and investigations, Article 16 Rome Statute, AU concerns about ICC, AU proposal to amend Art. 16, peace versus justice in Sudan, Article 53 Rome Statute, President Omar Al Bashir, Darfur conflict

Accepted Paper Series


Download This Paper

Date posted: October 28, 2010 ; Last revised: March 31, 2014

Suggested Citation

Jalloh, Charles Chernor and Akande, Dapo and du Plessis, Max, Assessing the African Union Concerns about Article 16 of the Rome State of the International Criminal Court (April 27, 2011). African Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 4, pp. 5-50, 2011; U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2011-14; Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 6/2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1698839

Contact Information

Charles Chernor Jalloh (Contact Author)
Assistant Professor and Buchanan, Ingersoll and Rooney Faculty Scholar, University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Visiting Associate Professor, FIU College of Law ( email )
3900 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States
412-648-1490 (Phone)

Dapo Akande
University of Oxford - Faculty of Law ( email )
St. Cross Building
St. Cross Road
Oxford, OX1 3UJ
United Kingdom
Max Du Plessis
Institute for Security Studies (ISS) ( email )
Ki-Ab Building 1st Floor
Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa
Ethiopia
University of KwaZulu-Natal - Faculty of Law ( email )
Durban 4041
South Africa
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 2,755
Downloads: 607
Download Rank: 22,340
Footnotes:  157

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo4 in 0.516 seconds