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'Can These Dry Bones Live? In Search of a Lasting Therapy for AU and ICC Toxic Relationship'

(2014) vol. 1 no. 1 African Journal of International Criminal Justice 57.

20 Pages Posted: 1 May 2017  

Nsongurua J. Udombana

Babcock University

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

The competing visions of international criminal justice between the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the African Union (AU) reached a climax with the recent adoption of the AU Protocol enlarging the mandate of the African Court of Justice and Human and Peoples’ Rights to cover criminal jurisdiction. The Protocol, inter alia, grants immunity to state officials for atrocious crimes, which clearly conflicts with the ICC Statute’s normative framework. This dialectic is bound to deepen an already toxic relationship between the two international players. This article calls for practical reasonableness by all stakeholders in order to revive the diminishing effort at advancing international criminal justice in Africa.

Keywords: Criminal accountability, Acta sunt servanda, Conflicts, Arrest warrant, Official immunity

JEL Classification: K14, K33

Suggested Citation

Udombana, Nsongurua J., 'Can These Dry Bones Live? In Search of a Lasting Therapy for AU and ICC Toxic Relationship' (2014). (2014) vol. 1 no. 1 African Journal of International Criminal Justice 57. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2959992

Nsongurua J. Udombana (Contact Author)

Babcock University ( email )

School of Law & Security Studies
Iperu Campus
Ilishan-Remo, Ogun Stae +234
Nigeria

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