Acta Juridica

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This annual thematic journal is published with the Faculty of Law of the University of Cape Town. Every year a current legal issue forms the focus.

Recent decades have witnessed an increased role for civil society in international law making and the development of international institutions. The design, legal framework and establishment of the International Criminal Court is a key example of this trend. Yet, once international institutions are established, there are few opportunities and mechanisms for civil society to participate directly within the formal proceedings of such institutions, with participation largely limited to states.

Nevertheless, civil society groups in Africa are seeking to utilise international and domestic legal frameworks to pursue justice for international crimes committed around the continent and the globe. Indeed, civil society organisations are already playing a key role in domestic international criminal justice procedures in several African countries, with South Africa being a prominent example, as well as before international criminal tribunals, including the International Criminal Court.

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