Accessible Judgments as a Practical Means to Reengage African Interest and Salvage the International Criminal Court

Author Draft; subsequently published in African Journal of International Criminal Justice, v. 1, 6-46 (2015), ISSN:2352-068X

41 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2015

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Matthew Kane

University of Oklahoma - College of Law

Date Written: June 2, 2015

Abstract

To ensure its continued viability, the International Criminal Court must find “practical” ways to appeal to its African (and global) audience, options that do not require substantial additional funding or revisions to the Rome Statute while remaining true to fundamental principles of international justice. Subject to such limitations, this paper examines the “end product” of the ICC – the judgments produced by the Court to date. Unfortunately, these opinions are virtually incomprehensible to any but a few specially trained, highly interested stakeholders. They are extraordinarily complex, excessively lengthy, and fail to emphasize or address issues that are clearly important to the audiences in states where atrocities have occurred. This paper reviews existing judgments and provides suggestions for future improvements, thereby increasing accessibility to African leadership, civil society organizations, and the public at large. Such considerations (and/or others of a similar nature), if implemented, will contribute to increased legitimacy and, consequently, the long-term impact and relevancy of the Court.

JEL Classification: K14, K33

Suggested Citation

Kane, Matthew, Accessible Judgments as a Practical Means to Reengage African Interest and Salvage the International Criminal Court (June 2, 2015). Author Draft; subsequently published in African Journal of International Criminal Justice, v. 1, 6-46 (2015), ISSN:2352-068X . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2652718

Matthew Kane (Contact Author)

University of Oklahoma - College of Law ( email )

300 Timberdell Road
Norman, OK 73019
United States

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