African States, the African Union, and the International Criminal Court
Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, South Africa
Executive Director, Africa Division at Human Rights Watch
Former Chief Justice of Tanzania, former Member of the Independent Expert Review of the ICC, and Member of the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability
Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Member of the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability
Former Chief Prosecutor of the ICTR and ICTY, former Chair of the Independent Expert Review of the ICC, and Member of the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability
Senior Manager for Africa, Open Society Justice Initiative
African nations and communities have been important players in the global struggle for the rule of law and the fight against impunity for international crimes. In recent years, however, the relationship between African states, the African Union and the International Criminal Court has become strained. Even though threats of a mass withdrawal have faded and opposition to the Court at the AU has been muted, many concerns raised by African states and communities remain unaddressed. Below, experts discuss some of these issues, and propose practical steps for African states, the AU and the ICC to work together more effectively in order to satisfy their mutual interests.