African Union Establishes An International Criminal Court

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Saturday, November 1, 2014
Gino J Naldi & Konstantinos D Magliveras

In June 2014, the Assembly of the African Union (AU), the Continent’s political and security organization, adopted a Protocol on Amendments to the Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights (2014 Protocol and 2014 Statute). Its purpose is to add an International Criminal Law Section (ICL Section) to the African Court of Justice and Human Rights (Court). Once operational, the ICL Section will be competent to hear all cases relating to those international crimes which are listed in the amended Statute. The adoption of the Protocol constitutes a momentous development.