s South African Journal on Human Rights - Complementarity in the Line of Fire: The Catalysing Effect of the International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan, Sarah M.H. Nouwen : book review

Volume 31, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-7203
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2126



Sarah Nouwen writes well. One of the most pleasant features of her book is its readability. Unusual for a legal book on international criminal law, her book combines her personal observations during her time working as a young diplomat in the Sudan with rigorous legal analysis. In his Foreword, Barney Afako describes this as a 'fly on the wall' approach. The first few pages of the book create a sense of suspense and combines humour with profound insights. This stands in stark contrast with many books on international law which suffer from dryness, clichés and uncritical acceptance of received knowledge. The intriguingly ambiguous title of the book hints at what is to come. Nouwen is refreshingly critical of the many standard assumptions of the discipline. She is critical of the notion that enterprises such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) are inherently good, noble and praiseworthy.

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