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Charles Jalloh on the International Criminal Court, in JURIST

Professor Charles Jalloh has published an op-ed on JURIST entitled, "The African Union and the International Criminal Court: The Summer of our Discontent(s)." From the introduction:
On July 27, 2010, the Assembly of Heads of States--the primary decision-making organ of the African Union (AU)--met in Kampala, Uganda for its 15th Annual Summit. As usual, the African leadership adopted some important decisions and declarations on a range of political, economic, and social issues affecting the continent. The Assembly also adopted decisions regarding three justice-related questions that have been on its agenda for the past few years, namely: the International Criminal Court (ICC or the Court), the abuse of the principle of universal jurisdiction, and the pending trial in Senegal of former Chadian President Hissène Habré on allegations of torture. Ironically--considering that the meeting took place in the same venue where barely over a month ago the ICC had held its first-ever Review Conference since the Rome Statute entered into force on July 1, 2002--the AU's latest decision regarding the ICC shows its growing discontent with the current trajectory of the Court's work in Africa; in particular, the sequencing of justice and peace in the Sudan.
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