African Journal of International Criminal Justice

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An Epochal Bifurcation: The International Criminal Court, the African Court and the Struggle against Gross Human Rights Abuses

Keywords ICC, African Court, gross human rights abuses, transitional justice, human rights
Authors Ato Kwamena Onoma
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312772 Ato Kwamena Onoma
Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa.
  • Abstract

      Focus on whether a criminal chamber in a reformed African Court represents progress or retrogression relative to advances made in the Rome Statute shifts attention from the similar foundation of the two courts on an epochal bifurcation between the worst human rights abuses and quotidian wrongs. This bifurcation compromises our understanding of how abuses are related, what we should do about them and how we should go about studying them. It is at the core of aspects of the International Criminal Court (ICC) that have come under severe criticism. It also imperils the criminal chamber of the nascent African Court.

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