n South African Journal of Criminal Justice - International criminal law : recent cases

Volume 23, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-8527
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2118



The world's first permanent international criminal court (the International Criminal Court or ICC), whilst seated in The Hague, has thus far demonstrated a deep investment in Africa. Still in its infancy, the ICC's first cases are all on the continent. Three countries in the Great Lakes region of Africa (the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda) were the first to refer 'situations' in their respective territories to the ICC Prosecutor for investigations and possible prosecutions. Cote d'Ivoire, in West Africa, subsequently made history by becoming the first non-party to lodge a declaration accepting the ICC's jurisdiction.

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