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Africa and the ICC
Perceptions of Justice


Kamari M. Clarke, Abel S. Knottnerus, Eefje de Volder, Shamiso Mbizvo, Makau W. Mutua, Solomon Ayele Dersso, Lee J. M. Seymour, Paul D. Schmitt, Sammy Gakero Gachigua, Thomas P. Wolf, Patryk I. Labuda, Stephen Smith Cody, Alexa Koenig, Eric Stover, Karin Willemse, Kristin C. Doughty, Sara Kendall, Clare da Silva
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  • Date Published: October 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107147652

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  • Africa and the ICC: Perceptions of Justice comprises contributions from prominent scholars of different disciplines including international law, political science, cultural anthropology, African history and media studies. This unique collection provides the reader with detailed insights into the interaction between the African Union and the International Criminal Court (ICC), but also looks further at the impact of the ICC at a societal level in African states and examines other justice mechanisms on a local and regional level in these countries. This investigation of the ICC's complicated relationship with Africa allows the reader to see that perceptions of justice are multilayered.

    • Examines the relationship of the International Criminal Court (ICC) with Africa from different disciplines, providing the reader with the different views that encompass not only the large-scale processes at play, but also the local perceptions of the ICC in African communities
    • Shows the importance of studying different perceptions of justice, introducing the reader to a new research agenda that seeks to explore the different perceptions of international courts and other justice mechanisms
    • By looking beyond the ICC and at other justice mechanisms in Africa, it makes the reader aware that the ICC is not alone in addressing international crimes in Africa
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    'A strength of the book is the choice to focus on a few case studies thereby enabling an in-depth analysis from multiple lenses. This enables the reader to appreciate how the actor as well as the historical, political and social contexts influence perceptions in different ways, a key theme of the book.' Dominique Mystris, Journal of International Criminal Justice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107147652
    • length: 470 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.83kg
    • contains: 31 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Africa and the ICC: an introduction Kamari M. Clarke, Abel S. Knottnerus and Eefye de Volder
    Part I. The Origins of a Fractious Relationship:
    2. The ICC in Africa: the fight against impunity Shamiso Mbizvo
    3. Africans and the ICC: hypocrisy, impunity, and perversion Makau W. Mutua
    4. The ICC's Africa problem: a spotlight on the politics and limits on international criminal justice Solomon Ayele Dersso
    5. The ICC, affective transference and the rhetorical politics of sentimentality Kamari M. Clarke
    Part II. African States and the ICC:
    6. The ICC and Africa: rhetoric, hypocrisy management and legitimacy Lee J. M. Seymour
    7. France, Africa and the ICC: the neocolonist critique and the crisis of institutional legitimacy Paul D. Schmitt
    8. The AU, the ICC and the prosecution of African presidents Abel S. Knottnerus
    Part III. Beyond African States: The ICC's Impact in African Communities:
    9. Discursive reconstruction of the ICC-Kenya engagement through Kenyan newspapers' editorial cartoons Sammy Gakero Gachigua
    10. A 'criminal investigation', not a 'political analysis'? Justice contradictions and the electoral consequences of Kenya's ICC cases Thomas P. Wolf
    11. The ICC in the Democratic Republic of Congo: a decade of partnership and antagonism Patryk I. Labuda
    12. Witness testimony, support, and protection at the ICC Stephen Smith Cody, Alexa Koenig and Eric Stover
    Part IV. Beyond the ICC: Local and Regional Justice Mechanisms in Africa:
    13. Dafur tribal courts, reconciliation conferences and 'Judea': local justice mechanisms and the construction of citizenship in Sudan Karin Willemse
    14. Interpretations of justice: the ICTR and Gacaca in Rwanda Kristin C. Doughty
    15. International criminal justice and the early formation of an African criminal court Abel S. Knottnerus and Eefje de Volder
    16. Beyond the ICC: state responsibility for the arms trade in Africa Sara Kendall and Clare da Silva
    17. Epilogue: perceptions of justice Kamari M. Clarke, Abel S. Knottnerus and Eefje de Volder.

  • Editors

    Kamari M. Clarke, Carleton University, Ottawa
    Kamari M. Clarke is currently Professor of Global and International Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa. Her research explores issues related to legal institutions, human rights and international law, and the interface between culture, power and globalisation. Her recent publications include International Criminal Court and the Challenge of Legal Pluralism in Sub-Saharan Africa (Cambridge, 2009) and Mirrors of Justice: Law and Power in the Cold-War Era (with Mark Goodale, Cambridge, 2010).

    Abel S. Knottnerus, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands
    Abel S. Knottnerus is currently a Ph.D. researcher and lecturer at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands. His research focuses on the law and politics of international courts, and explores the interplay between perceptions, power and justice.

    Eefje de Volder, Universiteit van Tilburg, The Netherlands
    Eefje de Volder is currently a Ph.D. researcher and lecturer at Universiteit van Tilburg, The Netherlands. Her research focuses on the regionalisation of collective security, with a particular focus on the collective security of the African Union. In addition she has researched into the interconnection between conflict, migration and human-trafficking.


    Kamari M. Clarke, Abel S. Knottnerus, Eefje de Volder, Shamiso Mbizvo, Makau W. Mutua, Solomon Ayele Dersso, Lee J. M. Seymour, Paul D. Schmitt, Sammy Gakero Gachigua, Thomas P. Wolf, Patryk I. Labuda, Stephen Smith Cody, Alexa Koenig, Eric Stover, Karin Willemse, Kristin C. Doughty, Sara Kendall, Clare da Silva

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