African Journal of International Criminal Justice

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The Court Is the Political Arena: Performance and Political Narratives at the International Criminal Court

Keywords Côte d’Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo, trial, performance, narratives
Authors Oumar Ba
Author's information

257479 Oumar Ba
Oumar Ba is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Florida.
  • Abstract

      This article explores the politics of international criminal justice and argues that the International Criminal Court is a lieu of staged performance where actors deploy their political narratives. Using the Situation in the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire before the ICC and focusing on the pre-trial phase, I contend that the defendants Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé project a performance and deploy political narratives that are the extension of the politics of the Ivorian crisis, which make the Court the quintessential arena where domestic and international politics cohabit with law and rules of procedure.

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