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Prosecuting International Crimes in Africa

Prosecuting International Crimes in Africa
Edited by Chacha Murungu and Japhet Biegon
2011
ISSN: 978-0-9869857-8-2
Pages: xii 362
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About the publication

Prosecuting International Crimes in Africa contributes to the understanding of international criminal justice in Africa. The book argues for the rule of law, respect for human rights and the eradication of a culture of impunity in Africa. It is a product of peer-reviewed contributions from graduates of the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, where the Master’s degree programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa has been presented since 2000.

The book focuses on the prosecution of international crimes by national courts from African jurisdictions and by international courts. Contributions are on different topics of importance to persons interested in international criminal justice as it applies in Africa. This book is directed at a range of stakeholders in the field of international law and human rights in Africa. Specifically, it is relevant to persons involved in post-graduate studies, researchers, members of the national and international judicial bodies and international criminal law practitioners.

About the editors:

Chacha Murungu is an Advocate of Murungu Law Chambers
Japhet Biegon
is the director of research at Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission, Kenya


Table of Contents

PART I: GENERAL ISSUES IN THE PROSECUTION OF INTERNATIONAL CRIMES

  • 1. Duty to prosecute international crimes under international law
    Ken Obura
  • 2. Immunity of state officials and the prosecution of international crimes
    Chacha Murungu

PART II: INTERNATIONAL COURTS AND THE PROSECUTION OF INTERNATIONAL CRIMES IN AFRICA

  • 3. The contribution of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda to the development of international criminal law
    George William Mugwanya
  • 4. Prosecution and punishment of international crimes by the Special Court for Sierra Leone
    Chacha Murungu
  • 5. Sentencing practices of the Special Court for Sierra Leone
    Bonolo Dinokopila
  • 6. Politics of international criminal justice, the ICC’s arrest warrant for Al Bashir and the African Union’s neo-colonial conspirator thesis
    Steve Odero

PART III: NATIONAL COURTS AND THE PROSECUTION OF INTERNATIONAL CRIMES

  • 7. The trial of Mengistu and other Derg members for genocide, torture and summary executions in Ethiopia
    Firew Tiba
  • 8. The trial of Hissène Habré in Senegal and its contribution to the development of international criminal law
    Kameldy Neldjingaye
  • 9. Prosecuting international crimes committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda
    Christopher Mbazira
  • 10. Genocide as prosecuted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and Gacaca Courts in Rwanda
    Christian Garuka
  • 11. Prosecuting piracy in the Horn of Africa: The case of Kenya
    Osogo Ambani

PART IV: THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ROME STATUTE IN AFRICA

  • 12. Positive complementarity and the fight against impunity in Africa
    Benson Olugbuo
  • 13. Implementation of the Rome Statute in Malawi and Zambia: Progress, challenges and prospects
    Mwiza Nkhata
  • 14. Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in South Africa
    Lee Stone

Selected Bibliography
Table of Cases
Subject Index


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