- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: November 2018
- Print publication year: 2018
- Online ISBN: 9781108576260
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108576260
There are a number of controversies surrounding the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Africa. Critics have charged it with neo-colonial meddling in African affairs, accusing it of undermining national sovereignty and domestic attempts to resolve armed conflict. Here, based on 650 interviews over 11 years, Phil Clark critically assesses the politics of the ICC in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, focusing particularly on the Court's multi-level impact on national politics and the lives of everyday citizens. He explores the ICC's effects on peace negotiations, national elections, domestic judicial reform, amnesty processes, combatant demobilisation and community-level accountability and reconciliation. In attempting to distance itself from African conflict zones geographically, philosophically and procedurally, Clark also reveals that the ICC has become more politicised and damaging to African polities, requiring a substantial rethink of the approaches and ideas that underpin the ICC's practice of distant justice.
Samuel Moyn - Yale University, Connecticut
Richard Ashby Wilson - author of Incitement on Trial: Prosecuting International Speech Crimes
Mark A. Drumbl - Washington and Lee University, Virginia
Kieran McEvoy - Queen's University Belfast
Makau Mutua - State University of New York
J. Oloka-Onyango - author of When Courts do Politics
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