Preview – What are the perceptions of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Africa? How has the ICC manifested itself in Africa? And how do African audiences perceive the Court? These are the questions that shape the forthcoming book about the ICC in Africa. By examining these and related questions, the volume highlights how the perceptions of the Court in Africa are multi-layered. It shows that the ICC’s fractious relationship with Africa is much more complex than the problematic image of a unified African continent with a common position on the ICC. Rather, it examines the interactions between African states and the ICC, but also moves beyond African states, at the societal impact of the ICC in different African communities, and beyond the ICC, at other local and regional justice mechanisms in Africa.
Currently titled, Africa and the ICC: Realities and Perceptions, the book is due out in 2016 and is about to go into production with Cambridge University Press. Edited by Kamari Clarke, Eefje De Volder, and Abel Knottnerus, the volume comprises a selection of papers presented in May 2014 during a two-day international and multi-disciplinary conference held in The Hague and organized by the Netherlands Association of African Studies (NVAS), The School for Human Rights Research Utrecht and The Hague University of Applied Sciences. It features contributions by esteemed scholars, legal practitioners, and members of the ICC’s Office of the Prosecutor, ranging from Makau Matua, Solomon Dersso, Shamiso Mbizvo, and Lee Seymour, to Paul Schmitt, Sammy Gakero Gachigua, Tom Wolf, Patryk Labuda, Dov Jacobs, and Sara Kendall.
Structure of the Volume – The edited volume consists of 18 chapters, including an introduction, 4 internal sub sections and a conclusion. The sub sections discuss (1) the origins of the fractious relationship; (2) the interactions between African States and the ICC; (2) the societal impact of the ICC in African communities; and (4) local and regional justice mechanisms that have been developed alongside or as an alternative to the ICC in Africa.