The relationship between the African Union and the International Criminal Court – Is the ICC targeting Africa?

When the International Criminal Court (ICC) was founded in 2002, most states considered it to be a breakthrough for the international fight against crimes of war, genocides, and crimes against humanity. Especially many African states ratified this promising international treaty and thus make up the largest share, currently representing 30% of the total number of…

Resolution 275 and the realisation of LGBTIQ+ rights in Africa

ANALYSIS Dr Ayodele Sogunro & Sohela Surajpal 24 June 2022 In 2014, the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights adopted Resolution 275, the ‘Resolution on Protection against Violence and other Human Rights Violations against Persons on the basis of their real or imputed Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity’.[1] This move, undertaken within a political…

Protecting persons displaced due to the impacts of climate change in Africa: Through a new treaty, or through a ‘progressive’ interpretation?

ANALYSIS Abiy Ashenafi 30 April 2022 Because of the impacts of climate change, millions of people are being uprooted from their homes and countries. It is estimated that, by 2050, ‘climate change related events’ will cause the forced migration of, at minimum, 1.2 billion people.[1] This clearly calls for determined action to mitigate human-caused climate…

Climate Justice in the Global South

The Chair of African Legal Studies hosted a Seminar on Climate Justice in the Global South. Watch the lectures of leading experts from around the Globe! Part 1: International Institutional Arrangements on Climate Change – Dr. Stephen Turner  Part 2: International Legal Frameworks on Climate Change – Prof. Philippe Cullet Part 3: The African Union…

Achieving justice for victims of gross human rights in Sudan

COMMENT Prof. Dr Kaime and Lena Scheibinger, 4 June 2020 Significant step in the al-Bashir indictment In February 2020, the Sudanese government indicated its intention to hand over Omar al-Bashir, the country’s former strongman to the International Criminal Court in The Hague to face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Arrest warrants against…

Celebrating Africa Day

OPINION Prof. Dr Thoko Kaime, 25 May 2020 Today, on May 25th, is Africa Day. It is a special day to reflect on Africanness, African brotherhood and sisterhood. It is also a difficult day as it brings into sharp relief the failure of our independence projects. Most of our nations are still under the cosh…