Christine Schwöbel-Patel

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International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court is facing something of a backlash. As an institution, it seems to be dramatically running out of support in the very continent where it does most of its work. At a meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the end of January 2017, the African Union agreed on a “strategy of collective withdrawal” from the ICC. This latest blow to the court and its supporters comes after separate decisions to withdraw from South Africa, Burundi and The Gambia in 2016.

So why the sense of mass disillusionment from African nations? Why the rejection from the largest regional group of state parties (34) to the ICC?…  Seguir leyendo »