The African Union’s Collective Withdrawal from the ICC: Does Bad Law make for Good Politics?
A number of news outlets reported last week that the African Union (AU) had adopted a strategy for collective withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) (see here, here and here). This follows withdrawals by three African states late last year, which in turn generated much debate at last November’s Assembly of States Parties and yet more calls for a re-assessment of the relationship between Africa and the Court. Although the prospect of collective withdrawal has been in the works for some time, what emerged from last week’s AU summit appears to be a politically benign and legally confused form of collective resistance. Despite the alarmist headlines, the withdrawal strategy may symbolize the high-water mark of AU opposition to the ICC.
Read more of Patryk I. Labuda's blog via EJIL: Talk! by clicking here.
INPROL members can login and find additional resources on the International Criminal Court via the Digital Library. If you are not yet a member of INPROL, please register here. Should you have any questions about INPROL and the services it provides, please visit the 'About Us' section of the website or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rule of Law News Type
Rule of Law Topics
- Detention, Prisons and Corrections Reform (0) Apply Detention, Prisons and Corrections Reform filter
- Working with Civil Society and Local Populations (1) Apply Working with Civil Society and Local Populations filter
- Addressing Serious and Transnational Crimes (3) Apply Addressing Serious and Transnational Crimes filter