Africans and Hague Justice: Realities and Perceptions of the International Criminal Court in Africa

The international conference “Africans and Hague Justice: Realities and Perceptions of the International Criminal Court in Africa” will be held at the Hague University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands) from 23-24 May 2014.

In light of the simmering tensions between the Court and some African leaders, ongoing protests in African countries against the ICC and the frequently heard objection that the Court has an anti-Africa bias, it seems timely to explore the perceptions and realities of the ICC in Africa.

The organisers are therefore very pleased to be able to offer a range of high-level contributions from a variety of disciplines - including international law, international relations, political science, anthropology, history and media studies - to explore African realities and perceptions of the Court and reach a better understanding of them.

We are proud to welcome Professor Kamari M. Clarke ( University of Pennsylvania ), Ms Shamiso Mbizvo ( Jurisdiction,  Complementarity  and  Cooperation  Division of  the Office of the Prosecutor (ICC)), Dr. Solomon Dersso ( ISS and Addis Ababa University), Professor Charles C. Jalloh ( Florida International University), Professor Makau W. Mutua ( SUNY Buffalo Law School ) as keynote speakers at the conference.

The organised sessions constitute an essential part in realising the ambition of the conference, which is to highlight the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach in analysing ICC-Africa relations. Addressing a variety of topics and themes, speakers will engage participants in discussions that go beyond the legal frame in which ICC-Africa relations are generally captured. The titles of the session hope to give you a first impression of the broad scope of the conference.

Organized sessions

  • ICC vis-à-vis African perspectives of justice

  • ICC , Africa and the West
  • Tribunals to be or not to be? Special Courts
  • Narratives of International Criminal Judicial Practices
  • ICC and the ambivalence of African States
  • ICC and Kenyan perceptions and politics
  • ICC and the AU
  • ICC and the Media

Further information

For practical details on registration, accommodation and transport, please check the different headings in the menu bar. If you are in a position to extend your stay with a few days to explore the city of The Hague, you  find some interesting suggestions on the page The Hague info.

Organising committee

  • Froukje Krijtenburg, chair (NVAS, Free University Amsterdam)

  • Eefje de Volder, secretary ( NVAS, Tilburg University)
  • Abel Knottnerus, treasurer (NVAS, Groningen University)
  • Jos Walenkamp, member (The Hague University of Applied Sciences)
  • Ingrid Roestenburg-Morgan, member (The School of Human Rights Research)

About The Hague University of Applied Sciences

The Hague University of Applied Sciences gives students the opportunity to become qualified, independent professionals through the provision of high-quality, innovative higher education: professionals who are trained to combine theory and practice. How? By challenging and stimulating students, by rousing their curiosity and by inciting them to think.

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