Africa

[Dire Tladi is a Professor of International Law, at the University of Pretoria, a member of UN International Law Commission and its Special Rapporteur on Peremptory Norms of General International Law (Jus Cogens).] Given the scourge of the Corona pandemic, the timing for this post is perhaps awkward at best.  But still, I was very pleased when requested to provide some thoughts...

[Nayanika Mookherjee is a Professor of Political Anthropology in Durham University and her research concerns an ethnographic exploration of public memories of violent pasts and aesthetic practices of reparative futures through research and publications (including a graphic novel and animation film) on gendered violence in conflicts, memorialisation and transnational adoption.] Kamari Clarke’s Affective Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Pan-Africanist...

[Mark Goodale is Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology and Director of the Laboratory of Cultural and Social Anthropology (LACS) at the University of Lausanne and also Series Editor of Stanford Studies in Human Rights. This is the latest post in our symposium on Kamari Maxine Clarke’s book, Affective Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Pan-Africanist Pushback.] Kamari Maxine Clarke’s superb ethnographic and critical study of...

[Katherine Lemons is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at McGill University and author of Divorcing Traditions: Islamic Marriage Law and the Making of Indian Secularism (Cornell 2019).] Kamari Maxine Clarke’s new book, Affective Justice, is an important contribution to anthropology of law. The book brings a question frequently asked of small non-state adjudication institutions to bear on two international criminal courts:...

[Kamari M. Clarke is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California Los Angeles. Her work spans the emergence of various transnational legal domains, especially international criminal tribunals and the export and spread of international legal norms. [This is the latest post in our symposium on her book, Affective Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Pan-Africanist Pushback (Duke University...

This week, we are very happy to host a discussion on Kamari Clarke's latest publication, Affective Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Pan-Africanist Pushback. Kamari will start us off with an introductory post, and then we have the honor to hear from the following renowned scholars during the rest of the week: Sarah Nouwen, Katharine Lemons, Dire Tladi, Edwin...

2020 has been dominated by Covid-19 related doom and gloom, however there are other notable positive developments worth acknowledging including the criminalisation of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Sudan in April 2020. FGM is an internationally recognised human rights violation and is defined by UNICEF as  “all procedures involving partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury...

[Nicola Palmer is a Senior Lecturer in criminal law at King’s and the author of Courts in Conflict: Interpreting the Layers of Justice in Post-Genocide Rwanda.] On Saturday, 16 May 2020 Félicien Kabuga, a former businessman accused of being a major financial backer of Hutu extremism in the build-up to, and during, the Rwandan genocide was arrested in a flat in Asnieres-sur-Seine...

[Nicole De Silva is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Concordia University and Misha Plagis is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut.] The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights—the African Union’s continental human rights court—received severe blows in late April, as two states, Benin and Côte d'Ivoire, withdrew their declarations allowing individuals and NGOs to submit cases...

[Paolo Busco is a member of Twenty Essex Chambers, where he practices in the field of public international law. All opinions are expressed in a personal capacity only.] Rescuing people in distress at sea is a duty. However, does international law require a coastal State to open its ports or territorial sea to foreign ships involved in the rescue? The question is not new, especially in...

[Oliver Windridge is a lawyer specialising in international human rights law and international criminal law. He is founder of The ACtHPR Monitor, a website and blog dedicated to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Oliver is one of five lawyers on the African Court’s List of Counsel (pro bono) and currently acts as counsel in cases before the African Court as well as...